AH-121: Basic Lactation Concepts

Health and Human Services
Health Careers
Health Careers
Academic Level
Course Subject
Allied Health
Course Number
Course Title
Basic Lactation Concepts
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

The first course in a two-semester sequence that examines basic lactation concepts including the history of breastfeeding: Breastfeeding Then and Now; Breastfeeding data; Breast Embryology and Anatomy; Relevant Infant Anatomy; Components of Human Milk; and Lactogenesis and Milk Production.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. History of Breastfeeding
  2. Baby-Friendly Initiative
  3. Breast feeding safety and quality measures
  4. Research and the scientific method
  5. Anatomy, physiology & embryology of the breast
  6. Anatomy & physiology of the newborn
  7. Breastfeeding challenges, ankyloglossia
  8. Milk supply, composition, content, storage and galactagogues
  9. Pediatric vaccines
  10. Cow’s milk hypersensitivity
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Describe the history and trends in breastfeeding including “Baby-Friendly” initiatives.
  2. Identify the components of a scientific paper and methods for analysis of scholarly papers.
  3. Describe components of breastfeeding safety & quality measures.
  4. Identify the anatomy, physiology and embryology of the breast.
  5. Describe the anatomy and physiology of an infant including components of a normal physical exam.
  6. Define lactogenesis I and II and milk production.
  7. Identify breastfeeding challenges including ankyloglossia and low milk supply.
  8. Define herbal and medicinal galactagogues.
  9. Describe the composition of human milk including nutritional and immunological components.
  10. Describe proper storage of breast milk.
  11. Describe the process breast milk undergoes to become donor milk.
  12. List vaccine categories and major types of vaccines.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Students will be assessed using a combination of tests, quizzes, assignments and participation.


Determined by program faculty


Satisfies Wellness Requirement
Effective Term
Fall 2019