Medela University

We invite you to explore the Medela University where you will find online courses for healthcare professionals on breastfeeding & lactation. Please note that all courses are free of charge.

Medela University

Le invitamos a explorar la Universidad Medela, donde encontrará cursos en línea para profesionales de la salud sobre lactancia materna y lactancia. Tenga en cuenta que todos los cursos son gratuitos y en inglés.

If you are a healthcare professional from the United States or Canada, please click here for access.

Seleccione un curso a continuación para explorar el contenido educativo proporcionado o vaya directamente a la Universidad Medela alojada externamente.

Safe handling of human milk within healthcare facilities

Learn about the latest recommendations, research, and best practices with regards to human milk handling within the healthcare setting and consider ideas to implement within your hospital to improve patient safety.

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Evidence and best practices to increase the use of mothers’ own milk in the NICU: Focus on secretory activation and coming to volume

This presentation highlights the newest evidence that mothers’ own milk is “personalized medicine” for NICU infants, and summarizes why donor human milk feedings do not yield the same beneficial outcomes. Given that there is no optimal substitute for mothers’ own milk, strategies to prioritize its availability in the NICU are essential. This session targets the first two weeks post-birth as a critical period that includes secretory activation and achievement of coming to volume in breast pump-dependent mothers of NICU infants, and includes evidence, best practices and the newest ongoing research in this area.

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Helping all families make informed feeding choices

On February 26, 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released a key report on the 55-billion-dollar formula industry and its negative impact on breastfeeding decisions. This webinar highlights key findings of the report and provide clinicians with tools to teach families why human milk matters. It is critical that families are presented with scientific evidence about the differences between human milk, donor milk and infant formula.

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After the loss of an infant - Suppression of breast milk supply

With an infant's demise the missing piece in bereavement care, is suppression of breast milk supply. This course provides safe lactation suppression strategies and delivers information on support services and breast milk donation.

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Changing the prenatal and intrapartum care paradigm to improve lactation initiation during COVID-19 pandemic

This course will address why the current prenatal care paradigm is inadequate to prepare families for their lactation journeys and present solutions. Antenatal lactation risk assessment is essential as well as a proactive approach to lactation initiation. Research, case studies and tools will be shared with the audience.

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Helping families identify and build prenatal and post birth breastfeeding support teams

This course will provide the learner with examples of how to use this research in clinical practice and help families identify and build breastfeeding support teams. In addition, an emphasis will be placed on the need to change the current prenatal care paradigm to help families prepare for lactation so they can meet their personal goals for the provision of human milk and breast/chest feeding.

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Hitting the target – Transitioning the NICU baby from trophic feeds to feeding at the breast

In this course we will discuss the breastfeeding journey of the very low/extremely low birth weight baby in the NICU. Breastfeeding for these tiny babies starts at birth. Early oral care with colostrum, skin-to-skin care, early and consistent exposure and time at the mother’s breast, infant-driven feeding, and prioritization of at-breast feeding will be discussed. Discussion on engaging mother, family, NICU staff and providers to create an environment and culture of breastfeeding inclusiveness and support of exclusive human milk will be infused throughout this presentation.

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Mother’s milk markers: How do we measure, predict (and modify) lactation success

This course will briefly review the biology of early lactation, the evidence and feasibility behind measures and biomarkers of lactation success, and explore how biomarkers might be utilized clinically to improve lactation outcomes.

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Hypolactation risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment

This one hour course will outline the educational gap of exocrine breast physiology among health care providers. It will discuss risk factors for hypolactation and include management strategies to treat suboptimal milk volumes.

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Mother's own milk vs donor human milk

This course discusses the value of human milk for both term and premature infants and the importance of mother’s own milk (MOM) vs donor human milk (DHM) especially for the vulnerable infant population. It focuses on the importance of initiating, building, and maintaining sufficient volumes of MOM. This is an effort to reduce economic impact as well as concerns with DHM use, which will also be reviewed. Education and support for the clinical professional as well as for the family will be offered.

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Nipple shields: Creating a supportive approach

In this course, lactation consultant Donnianne Noble, explores the possible impacts of nipple shield use on the breastfeeding dyad. A thorough look at current research and social perceptions of nipple shield use will be explored. A focus on improving underlying latch problems, avoiding common nipple shield pitfalls and suggestions for optimal education and follow-up will be discussed.

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The impact of COVID on human lactation in the black community

This course seeks to present the lived experience from Black birthing people as they navigated breastfeeding/chestfeeding in a COVID world. Our goal is to reshape and reimagine the breastfeeding experience for Black women by highlighting their triumphs over their struggles.

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Protecting human milk and breastfeeding in a COVID-19 world & beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic raised many questions with respect to breastfeeding and changed the clinical care of childbearing families. This course aims to identify strategies to protect lactation physiology and ensure that all families in need receive equal access to evidence-based lactation education, care and technical assistance.

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Protecting the feeding experience of the neonate

One of the most common practices in the NICU is the use of a gastric tube for enteral feedings. However, there are known risks to the use of a tube that will be addressed and discussed in this course. Clinical practices that involve parents in the tube feeding of their infant, decrease pain associated with the feeding experience and some recent research that may lead to earlier discharge while maintaining patient safety will be discussed as well.

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Racial disparities in maternal health outcomes - Strategies to narrow the gap

This course encourages, motivates, and inspires others to take on similar initiatives to address racial disparities in maternal health care and implement quality and safety measures to improve outcomes for pregnant and post-partum women.

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Safe handling of human milk within healthcare facilities

Learn about the latest recommendations, research, and best practices with regards to human milk handling within the healthcare setting and consider ideas to implement within your hospital to improve patient safety.

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Test weighing of breastfeeding premature & medically complex infants

This course discusses the state of the science of test weighing to measure breast milk intake for premature and medically complex infants. It also covers barriers and facilitators of the use of test weighing in the high-risk nursery setting to support breastfeeding at the breast. From an initial publication on the development of an accurate test weighing technique, this course also reviews the experiences with use of the technique and recommendations for clinical practice.

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The antibody response against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in human milk

In this course, Dr. Powell will describe the human milk immune system, focusing on the antibody response after infection or vaccination, and the functions of those antibodies for infants, or as a potential therapeutic for all. Specifically, you will learn about current research on the human milk antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 infection, and very recent data on the milk antibody response following vaccination against COVID-19.

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The psychosocial impact of COVID-19 on NICU families

In this course, we will learn more about the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19 on NICU families and explore strategies to provide family-centered care to support families during COVID-19 and beyond.

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The science of human lactation – from discovery to translation

In this talk, Professor Geddes will discuss her research which uses the latest technology to investigate breastfeeding patterns, explore why some women feel pain during breastfeeding, and as well, understand how our vulnerable preterm babies feed at the breast. She will discuss what to expect when breastfeeding, ways to overcome pain experienced during breastfeeding by some women, and will outline how milk changes in response to the mums and the baby’s health to protect them both. With this knowledge we can reassure or advise breastfeeding mums with more confidence along their breastfeeding journey.

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Transfer of opioids, bipolar meds, and cannabis into human milk

This course will cover three of the hottest topics in breastfeeding pharmacology: the transfer of Cannabis products into human milk the transfer of bipolar medications into human milk the transfer of opioids in human milk. The complications of using these drugs while breastfeeding an infant will be discussed.

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