Breastfeeding Basics: Breast Milk and Drugs

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Course Outline
Breastfeeding Benefits & Barriers
Anatomy & Physiology
Growth & Development
Breastfeeding Around the World
The Breastfeeding Couple
The Term Infant with Problems
Breast Milk and Drugs

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants should know how to find accurate information on the use of medications by breastfeeding women.

  2. Participants should know the recommendations regarding the use of illicit drugs (including alcohol and smoking) while breastfeeding and should be able to apply this knowledge in their counseling of pregnant women.

Contents of This Module

  1. Pre-module Evaluation

  2. Prescription Medications and Over the Counter Medications

  3. Case Study 28

  4. Breastfeeding and Contraception

  5. Case Study 29

  6. Breast Milk and Herbs

  7. Galactogogues in Breastfeeding

  8. Breast Milk and Antidepressants

  9. Use of Pain Medications in the Breastfeeding Woman

  10. Illicit Drugs

  11. Alcohol

  12. Smoking (Nicotine)

  13. Post-module Evaluation

  14. References

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