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EPIC: (BEST) Plus: Module 3 - Lactation and Breastfeeding Beyond 6 Weeks


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Credit Hours: CME 0.50

Target Audience:

This training is primarily directed to Primary Care Physicians, office staff and hospital staff.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation you should be able to

  • Describe the challenges of breastfeeding beyond 6 weeks.
  • Recognize misconceptions by health professionals that create barriers to breastfeeding
  • Develop office policies to support the duration of breastfeeding
  • Provide anticipatory guidance to support mothers to successfully breastfeed
  • Assist women with breastfeeding problems, and help them utilize community resources

Suggested Additional Reading & Joint Sponsor Statement:

Joint Sponsor Statement:

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics. The University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.​

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of .5  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.​ The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is .5 contact hours.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.​

Suggested Additional Reading

  1. Bashiardes, S., Thaiss, C. A., & Elinav, E. (2016). It’s in the milk: Feeding the microbiome to promote infant growth. Cell Metabolism.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Statistics (2020) Growth charts.
  3. Drover, A., & Pendergast, A. (2019). Development, implementation, and evaluation of a simulation based breastfeeding education course for health care professionals. Breastfeeding Medicine.
  4. Eriksen, K. G., Christensen, S. H., Lind, M. V., & Michaelsen, K. F. (2018). Human milk composition and infant growth. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care.
  5. Johnson, L., Van Jaarsveld, C. H. M., Llewellyn, C. H., Cole, T. J., & Wardle, J. (2014). Associations between infant feeding and the size, tempo and velocity of infant weight gain: SITAR analysis of the Gemini twin birth cohort. International Journal of Obesity.

Beverly Ann Curtis, DNP, PPCNP-BC, IBCLC — Beverly Ann Curtis is employed as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Keystone Pediatrics, located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. She has practiced in general pediatrics and in breastfeeding medicine for over 25 years. Dr. Curtis has also served on numerous local and national boards including Chair of the Board of Directors of the United States Breastfeeding Committee. She has worked in many clinical settings developing breastfeeding evidence-based systems of care for families and their infants.
No relationships with industry relevant to the content of this educational activity have been disclosed.
Debra L. Bogen, MD — Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
No relationships with industry relevant to the content of this educational activity have been disclosed.
No other members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.