Course Title: Breastfeeding and Human Lactation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Breastfeeding and Human Lactation

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

NURS1175

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2014

NURS1175

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2006

NURS1175

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

NURS1175

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Internet

Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Dr Jennifer James

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6650

Course Coordinator Email:jennifer.james@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

For Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Midwifery students: Registered Nurses
 


Course Description

This course gives students the opportunity to expand upon basic theoretical aspects of lactation and breastfeeding. The course will focus on anatomy and physiology of human lactation, nutrition and biochemestry, immunology, developmental milestones and an introduction to pathology, pharmacology, toxicology, public health, ethics and techniques and equipment used to assist women breastfeed. The course will focus on sociopolitical forces and their impact on women’s choices of infant nutrition, which may not always suit the best interests of the woman or her infant. In addition the impact of contemporary social behaviours, pathological diseases (and their management) on the lactation process will be examined. The importance of culture, religion, moral beliefs and values will be integrated throughout the subject. Emphasis will be placed on the role of health-care professionals in influencing and being influenced by decisions about infant nutrition made at local and global levels.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course has been to developed to enable knowledge and skills for the students’ capability development:in the following areas:

Historical perspective, health assessment and maternal choice, global and local issues and limits of persuasion

Competencies to be achieved for Midwifery students include:

Legal and Professional Practice

Functions in accordance with legislation and common law affecting midwifery practice;
Accepts accountability and responsibility for own actions within midwifery practice.
Midwifery Knowledge and Practice

Communicates information to facilitate decision-making by the woman;
Promotes safe and effective midwifery care;
Assesses, plans, provides and evaluates safe and effective midwifery care;
Assesses, plans, provides and evaluates safe and effective midwifery care for the women and/or baby with complex needs.
Midwifery as Primary Health Care

Advocates to protect the rights of women, families and communities in relation to maternity care;
Develops effective strategies to implement and support collaborative midwifery practice;
Actively supports midwifery as a public health strategy;
Ensures midwifery practice is culturally safe.
Reflective and Ethical Practice

Bases midwifery practice on ethical decision making;
Identifies personal beliefs and develops these in ways that enhance midwifery practice;
Acts to enhance the professional development of self and others;
Uses research to inform midwifery practice..
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) National Competency Standards for the Midwife (2006).


At the conclusion of this course the students should be able to:

  • describe common breastfeeding challenges experienced by mother/ baby dyads and undertake appropriate clinical management
  • critically evaluate the impact of findings of contemporary empirical data on infant feeding;
  • examine how history informs current practices in infant feeding;
  • evaluate global and local actions taken to reduce the impact of human milk replacements on the health and wellbeing of women and children;
  • critically examine how history informs current practices in infant feeding;.
  • examine the limits of information giving and persuasion by the health-care professional about the choice of nutrition for the newborn infant.
  • explore the options of clinical management of breastfeeding issues
  • evaluate the limits of information giving and persuasion by the health-care professional about the choice of nutrition for the infant


Overview of Learning Activities

There is a range of learning requirements for this course that require different learning activities. Accordingly, a variety of planned student learning experiences will be utilized involving seminars, group discussion, on line activates, simulations and other interactive learning experiences. The seminar format will be used to give an overview of the specified study area and to direct students to foundational, critical, and evidence-based practice readings. Facilitated open discussions in the seminar context will draw on the students’ own professional work and life experiences as well as prescribed readings for the course. This approach will enable students to share their clinical experiences and practice wisdom, to critique existing research literature and to explore and debate issues regarding their clinical practice.


Overview of Learning Resources

The entire course is supported by information, learning activities and resources on the myRMIT Studies. As well as enhanced learning opportunities, textbooks, journal articles and the electronic media also provide learning resources for students undertaking this course.


Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve the learning outcomes, you need to be able to demonstrate clinical judgments in relation to the learning objectives. You will need to demonstrate that you can articulate and evaluate various issues in clincial practice to address the broad range of descriptive objectives. This will be achieved in some form of written and/ or on-line assessment where you can provide evidence of their knowledge and application to practice. Assessment needs to include evaluating how you synthesise your understandings in the design of a plan based on accurate assessment of individuals. Assessments may include an essay, case study or similar.