Baby-Friendly USA will be requiring training for medical specialists, (anesthesiologists, radiologists pharmacists) and dietitians and ancillary staff for hospitals who are assessed after October 2018. These courses discuss the principles of the Baby-Friendly Initiative and the key information these specialists need while working with breastfeeding families. Each is about one hour long. A Certificate of completion will be generated at the end of the lesson. No CMEs are available for these courses.
Training for Anesthesiologists
This course highlights caring for breastfeeding mothers who use epidural anesthesia or other medications during labor or other surgical procedures. The course examines and covers principles in minimizing the effects on the breastfeeding infant.
Instructor is Sarah Reece-Stremtan MD, pediatric anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Training for Pharmacists
This specialty course for pharmacists identifies sources of information for medication use and utilizes tools and techniques for evaluating medication use during breastfeeding. Dr. Nice teaches on how to identify adverse effects in children of mothers who are taking medications and identify medications that are usually safe to take while breastfeeding.
Instructor is Frank Nice RPH DPA CPHP. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy, a Masters Degree in Pharmacy Administration, and Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Public Administration. Dr. Nice holds Certification in Public Health Pharmacy and served 20 years at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Neurosciences Program as Assistant Program Director.
Training for Dietitians
This course delineates the role of a Registered Dietitian in breastfeeding support in a Baby Friendly Facility. The RD is a key player on the team that supports the process of implementing the 10 steps to successful breastfeeding. This course addresses the commonly asked questions by new mothers regarding foods to eat or not eat during lactation.
Upon completion this course provides 1 CPE.
Instructor is Mary Bailey, RD IBCLC PCD (DONA)
Training for Radiologists
This course for Radiologists and Radiology Technicians describes American College of Radiology, Nuclear Regulatory Commission and International Committee for Radiological Protection standards for imaging studies in lactating women. Additionally, it discusses which imaging studies are appropriate for breast specific concerns in lactating women. We briefly cover breast cancer screening during lactation.
Instructors are Katrina B. Mitchell MD and Jamie Giesbrandt MD.
Training for Housekeeping and Ancillary Staff
Importance of exclusive breastfeeding practices that support breastfeeding, the facility's philosophy on infant nutrition, who to call when a mother needs help. This course issues a certificate upon completion.
Instructor is Vergie Hughes RN MS IBCLC FILCA