Evidence Based Care for Breastfeeding Mothers : A Resource for Midwives and Allied Healthcare Professionals

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ISBN 9781138650831
Author

Pollard M

Publisher

Edition

2nd

Binding

Paperback

Weight 0.52 kg
Dimensions 17.1 × 24.8 cm

Description

Breastfeeding is a major public health issue. Breastmilk provides all the nutrients a baby needs for their first six months. Research studies also show that breastfeeding doesn’t just help to protect infants from infection, but has other benefits such as reducing obesity and can help protect mothers from some diseases in later life.

Although initiation of breastfeeding is improving, the numbers who continue drop rapidly in the first few weeks highlighting that women need the support of their midwives and health visitors when beginning breastfeeding and throughout their child’s infancy. Based on the UNICEF UK BFI University learning outcomes, this newly updated textbook addresses the outcomes to ensure that students are equipped with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively promote and support breastfeeding mothers, including:

* anatomy and physiology;

* building relationships;

* essential skills and good practice guidance;

* dealing with common problems;

* public health considerations;

* babies and mothers with special needs;

* complementary feeding.

Suitable for both undergraduate students and practitioners undertaking continuing professional development, Evidence-based Care for Breastfeeding Mothers is designed to aid learning. Each chapter begins with specific learning outcomes linked to the Baby Friendly outcomes, key fact boxes, clinical scenarios and activities.

About the author
Maria Pollard is Assistant Dean (Education), School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery at the University of the West of Scotland. Her main areas of interest are breastfeeding, education, supervision of midwives and normal childbirth. Maria completed a doctorate in education, exploring how student midwives learn about breastfeeding.

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