Medical Knowledge

Module 1: Medical Knowledge


Your learners will understand the anatomy of the breast, the physiology of lactogenesis, and the challenges of breastfeeding.

Objectives: Learners will be able to

  1. Describe the anatomy of the breast 
  2. Describe the physiology of lactogenesis

Essential Activities

  1. Assign learners to read and discuss in class
    1. Chapter 4, "Anatomy and Physiology of Lactation" in the Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians." This book will need to be purchased by faculty ($50).
    2. Chapter 2 "Anatomy of the Breast" and Chapter 3 "Physiology of Lactation" in Breastfeeding, A Guide for the Medical Profession. This book will need to be purchased by faculty ($75).
  2. Present videos and/or lecture on anatomy and physiology of lactation
  3. Present three to six cases that illustrate common breastfeeding challenges

Goal B

Your learners will become familiar with breastfeeding technology and the impact that contraception may have on breastfeeding.

Objectives: Learners will be able to

  1. Understand the indications and application of breastfeeding technology (manual and mechanical breast milk expression), supplemental feeding methods, test weighing of the infant, milk storage, pump rental sources, and donor human milk.
  2. Describe the influence of contraceptive methods on breastfeeding

Essential Activities

  1. Assign learners to watch and discuss in class Jane Morton's free video "Maximizing Milk Production"
  2. Bring a manual and electric breast pump to class and have learners assemble and operate them. Have learners role play educating patients how to use the breast pump and supplies. Have learners distribute the CDC resource on how to keep a breast pump clean.
  3. Have students read the AAFP article Impact of Contraception on Lactation. Together list all methods of contraception that can be used by a breastfeeding mother including Lactational Amenorrhea method.
    Additional Activities (Optional)

    1. Have students research insurance coverage and payment options for breast pumps and present to the class on findings.
    2. Add portions of the Wellstart International's Lactation Management Self-Study Modules to your curriculum which includes:
      1. Pre/Post tests (different from this curriculum)
      2. Module 1: A Basic Health Promotion Strategy in Primary Care
      3. Module 2: Basics of Breastfeeding: Getting Started
      4. Module 3: Common Breastfeeding Problems
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