Early initiation as Standard of Care - Meeting lactation goals in healthy and at-risk populations

2 modules


Course Length
60 mins

Medela Global Education



In some vulnerable populations, such as late preterm, lack of effective breastfeeding may not be recognized, resulting in delayed or impaired milk production. This course will cover the evidence behind appropriate lactation initiation, especially in at-risk populations, and how we can best support parents to meet their lactation goals.

This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hours; provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP 13692.

This course is CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certified. 



Rebecca Hoban MD, MPH

Dr Rebecca Hoban is a staff neonatologist and the Director of Breastfeeding Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children (“SickKids”) in Toronto, and an Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Dr Hoban graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a paediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, a neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at Tufts University, and a MPH at Harvard before joining the Neonatology and Human Milk Research team at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr Hoban joined SickKids in 2017 as neonatology staff, with a focus on human milk. Current projects include improving mother’s milk provision in the NICU, milk biomarkers to predict lactation success, inflammatory markers in human milk, and fresh milk as potential stem cell therapy in premature infants with intraventricular haemorrhage.


Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the lactation physiology in the transition from pregnancy to the early postpartum period and how it may be influenced by initiation behaviours
  • Discuss common maternal and infant risk factors that impact lactation initiation and long term milk supply and how they may be mitigated
  • Know the evidence for a proactive approach to lactation to facilitate lactation success in healthy as well as at-risk populations


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate Early Initiation as Standard of Care

Learning Credits

Early Initiation as Standard of Care: Meeting lactation goals in healthy and at-risk populations
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Very informative webinar. Enjoyed all the research included in the presentation

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