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Still Swimming Upstream: Breastfeeding in a Formula Feeding World

  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Recording
  • Handout: No
Abstract:

In 1995 Chris Mulford published a timely article on the difficulties faced by breastfeeding mothers in a formula feeding culture. That article was as accurate then as it is today. This discussion will focus the history of breastfeeding in America and on age-old difficulties faced by breastfeeding mothers in a medical society that has been decidedly focused on the formula feeding for more than 100 years. We will discuss the concept of “culture” and how it impacts breastfeeding, discuss the routine actions in the hospital that contribute to the formula feeding culture, and identify the prejudices of both society in general and the average American mother-baby unit against breastfeeding.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss evidence of a formula feeding culture and the detrimental effects on breast feeding success.

2. Evaluate common practices in American Hospitals, explore their orrigin and validity.

3. Discuss the medical bias toward formula as a safety net.

4. Discuss future policies that will promote breastfeeding as the cultural norm.

Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6 Applied for  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks