AH-122: Applied Principles of Breastfeeding

Health and Human Services
Health Careers
Health Careers
Academic Level
Course Subject
Allied Health
Course Number
Course Title
Applied Principles of Breastfeeding
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

The second course in the two semester sequence that begins with AH-121. The course further instructs students in application of lactation concepts to clinical practice. Normal physiology of lactation and symptoms and treatments of lactation complications will be discussed.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Lactogenesis
  2. Contraception and milk production
  3. Weaning, nutrition and galactopoesis
  4. Pain
  5. Infection
  6. Vasospasms
  7. Lactopharmacology
  8. Maternal conditions and breastfeeding
  9. Viruses and breastfeeding
  10. Infant conditions and breastfeeding
  11. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  12. Normal infant development
  13. Safe sleep and feeding of infant
  14. Interpretation of breastfeeding research
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Define physiology of lactogenesis I and II and anatomic and medical conditions affecting lactogenesis.
  2. Name three actions of oxytocin.
  3. Describe two forms of contraception and the effects of hormone contraceptives on milk supply.
  4. Describe the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) of contraception.
  5. Explain the difference between endocrine and autocrine control, and the prolactin receptor theory.
  6. List foods contained in the lactating mother’s diet.
  7. Describe symptoms and treatment of breast infections and dermatitis in the breastfeeding dyad.
  8. Describe LATCH to assess feeding.
  9. Describe symptoms and treatment of vasospasm in the breastfeeding dyad.
  10. Describe characteristics of a milk bleb.
  11. List causes of breast pain in the lactating mother.
  12. Describe the weaning process.
  13. Describe the effects of Type I diabetes on breastfeeding.
  14. List five maternal medical conditions that can affect breastfeeding.
  15. Describe the root causes and effects of maternal obesity on breastfeeding outcomes.
  16. Name three ways a maternal virus can be transmitted to an infant.
  17. Name two viruses found in the breastmilk of seropositive women and two that are contraindications to breastfeeding in the United States.
  18. Describe the pathophysiology of neonatal jaundice and the management of the jaundiced infant.
  19. Describe the pathophysiology of hypoglycemia and the management of hypoglycemia in the breastfed infant.
  20. Name three infant medical conditions that may affect breastfeeding.
  21. Identify infant-related contraindications to breastfeeding.
  22. Describe the physiology of gastroesophageal reflux and list three management techniques to control GERD.
  23. Describe the categories of infant and child development.
  24. Interpret breastfeeding behaviors through the infant development lens.
  25. Identify safe sleep and recommendations for the breastfed infant.
  26. Describe two theories that apply to lactation practice.
  27. Name the two components of a research study.

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

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Fall 2019