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

2 modules


Course Length
60 mins

Medela Global Education



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.

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



Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Diane L. Spatz is a Professor of Perinatal Nursing & the Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing sharing a joint appointment as a nurse researcher and director of the lactation program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the clinical coordinator of the CHOP Mothers’ Milk Bank.

She teaches an entire semester course on breastfeeding and human lactation to undergraduate nursing students and, in the hospital portion of her job, she developed the Breastfeeding Resource Nurse program. 


Lars Bode, PhD

Dr. Lars Bode is Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology and Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics,and the Director of the LRF MOMI CORE at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. His laboratory focuses on human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), a group of complex sugar molecules that represent the third most abundant component of human milk after lactose and lipids. The goal of Dr. Bode’s research is to understand how HMOs are synthesized in the human mammary gland and how they benefit the breast-fed infant and potentially also the breastfeeding mother.


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

  • be able to answer COVID questions on
    • Can baby get infected through breastfeeding
    • How frequently is viral RNA present in breast milk
    • Contamination during pumping and handling
    • Are there components in human milk that can stop the virus
    • Vaccination and breastfeeding
  • Understand the impact of the pandemic on the provision of evidence-based lactation support and care
  • Identify effective strategies to change the current paradigm


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate Protecting human milk and breastfeeding in a COVID-19 world and beyond

Learning Credits

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