instructor: Roberta Pineda, PhD, OTR
This continuing education program will provide therapists with evidence-based information about breast feeding and specific techniques designed to increase success in breast feeding. In the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), mothers and premature infants have unique challenges with the breastfeeding process despite the infant's increased need for the benefits of breast milk. Due to the teaching role that health care professionals assume in the NICU, they are in a unique position to guide and support mothers through the process of breastfeeding.
Category 1: Areas of Occupation - ADLs and Contexts
Category 2: Intervention
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants providing services or interested in providing services in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Upon successful completion of a multiple choice post-test, provision of a brief course evaluation and payment for this course, the participant will be awarded 0.2 AOTA CEUs (2 Contact Hours for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners). The University of Florida will send a Certificate of Completion (PDF) via email upon successful completion. Florida therapists may enter their own contact hour into the Florida CEBroker database at no charge.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Identify the rationale for promoting breast milk feeds in the NICU.
- Discuss the current breastfeeding recommendations.
- Identify the barriers to breastfeeding and appropriate health professional interventions.
- Identify contraindications to breastfeeding.
- Discuss the anatomy and neuroendocrine control associated with breastfeeding.
- Identify changes in milk composition.
- Define common breastfeeding terms.
- Identify common problems associated with maintaining breast milk feedings in the NICU and transitioning to breastfeeding.
- Discuss cue based breastfeeding in the NICU.
- Identify adaptive breastfeeding aids for parents of preemies.
- Discuss pumping schedules to optimize milk supply.
Intermediate. Course content is appropriate for those possessing knowledge of and experience in pediatrics, especially birth to one year.
The learner will view a video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test. A list of references is available for those who wish to study the topic further.