How midwives learn about breastfeeding

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Title How midwives learn about breastfeeding
Author Cantrill, Ruth Merle; Creedy, Debra; Cooke, Marie Louise
Journal Name Australian Journal of Midwifery
Editor Pauline Glover
Year Published 2003
Place of publication Canberra
Publisher Australian College of Midwives
Abstract Little is known about how midwives learn aboutbreastfeeding. This study asked midwives to identify breastfeeding information resources used and perceived value for their learning. A mail questionnaire was sent to midwives (n=3500) through the Australian College of Midwives Inc. (ACMI). A response rate of 31.6% (n=1,105) was obtained. On-the-job experience was the most common source accessed and continuing education the most valuable. Very few respondents (3.1% n=34) acknowledged either their hospital or university midwifery education program as a valuable breastfeeding information source. There is scope for continuing education programs to address evidence-based lactation and infant feeding information. Midwifery curricula need to teach in-depth knowledge of human lactation and develop clinicians' skill base to assist breastfeeding women. The development of national standards for course accreditation on lactation and infant feeding by ACMI, Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) would be a useful quality measure.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1448-8272(03)80013-5
Volume 16
Issue Number 3
Page from 25
Page to 30
ISSN 1445-4386
Date Accessioned 2004-03-04
Date Available 2013-07-30T23:15:44Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Faculty of Nursing & Health
Subject PRE2009-Midwifery
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/6270
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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