Birth & Beyond Lactation Training is a California initiative to provide hospital staff training for BabyFriendly ™.
Most noteworthy, hospitals applying for BabyFriendly ™ status need nurses who have completed an approved lactation course.
Moreover, the importance of breastfeeding through the first six months of life and beyond has been researched and documented. Research continues to prove that Breast milk remains the gold standard. As a result, the AAP has declared infant nutrition a public health issue rather than a lifestyle choice. Most concerning, more than 1 million infants die worldwide every year simply because they are not breastfed exclusively for 6 months. Therefore, learning to teach mothers how to effectively breastfeed is a must for all Maternal-Child Health nurses.