Breastfeeding Residency Curriculum: Faculty Implementation Guide
Breastfeeding is best for the health of infants and mothers. As more mothers are choosing to breastfeed, more physicians need to have the skills to support them. Being able to successfully handle any issue related to breastfeeding leads to a stronger doctor-patient bond, and better outcomes. And when more moms get the help they need, the more we reduce health disparities from babies right from the start. The American Academy of Pediatrics developed this Breastfeeding Residency Curriculum to help all residents develop confidence and skills in breastfeeding care.
This information will help you incorporate breastfeeding education into existing curriculum. It can be applied to Pediatric, Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Obstetric / Gynecologic Residency Programs.
The Breastfeeding Curriculum
Select a curriculum topic below to get started.
Guide to Curriculum
The curriculum has been organized based on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Core Competencies. Whether you implement 1 activity or 20, you are helping residents to develop confidence and skills to help breastfeeding infants and mothers.
Each curriculum topic has the following structure:
The Essential Activities are what you should strive to complete with every resident.
The Additional Activities are provided to give more options if time allows. It is strongly encouraged that you evaluate residents on these activities.
Evaluation will help residents know how they are doing and will help you keep track of their progress. The evaluation tools are effective in evaluating residents as well as the breastfeeding residency curriculum as a whole.
Helping You Plan Ahead
This implementation checklist outlines all resources and materials your program will need to successfully implement the full curriculum.
The following tools are here to help you along the way.