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NTR 272 Breastfeeding Counselor
Credit Hours:  3
Effective Term: Fall 2016
SUN#:  None
AGEC: None  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A, B, C, D, F

Description: Provides the necessary skills to educate and support the breastfeeding mother with greater details about breastfeeding issues and special challenges/situations.

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) List and discuss the breastfeeding benefits and barriers that influence a womans decision on how to feed her infant and how effective counseling skills play a role in the discussion of breastfeeding benefits and barriers.
2. (Evaluation Level) Compare and contrast historical events as they relate to current trends in lactation and specific international, national, and local programs that promote, protect, and support breastfeeding.
3. ((Analysis Level) Examine and explain the basic anatomy of the human breast and the physiology of human lactation and the normal breastfeeding process.
4. (Analysis Level) Outline the nutritional needs of the breastfeeding infant and the lactating mother and the effects on the growth patterns of the breastfed infant comparing and contrasting normal and non-normal feeding patterns of the breastfed infant.
5. (Analysis Level) Distinguish between normal and non-normal feeding/growth patterns of the breastfeeding dyad.
6. (Evaluation Level) Identify common problems and concerns faced by lactating women and offer potential solutions; assess situations requiring referral to a lactation consultant or health professional.
7. (Synthesis Level) Recognize physical problems that may impede breastfeeding and offer appropriate solutions, integrating a working knowledge of anatomy and physiology of lactation and appropriately responding when identifying breastfeeding situations which are unique and/or unusual.
8. (Application Level) Review maternal medications for use during lactation; select appropriate feeding recommendations pertaining to maternal and infant illness.
9. (Application Level) Demonstrate appropriate position and latch; perform techniques used to teach position and latch.
10. (Knowledge Level) Identify breastfeeding challenges and appropriate solutions.
11. (Application Level) Demonstrate good counseling skills when offering solutions and techniques to effectively teach breastfeeding information to a variety of audiences using peer-reviewed breastfeeding educational materials.
12. (Analysis Level) Identify and address issues related to the older baby and toddler.
13. (Comprehension Level) Identify and explain the ethical standards within the field of lactation support defining the roles of professionals and volunteers who work with the breastfeeding dyad.
14. (Evaluation Level) Justify the reasons why breastfeeding is the optimal feeding choice for infants and mothers.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
As evidenced by the successful completion of the course requirements at an overall average of 80% (grade of B or better based on standardized grading). Grading is based on competency in theory, practice and demonstrated knowledge in the core principles of the course materials. The level by which the student meets the learning outcomes is measured by several methods. Students, who successfully meet the learning outcome of this course, will have completed comprehensive exams, section projects, and individual participatory discussions specifically focused on the knowledge based requirements.