Informed Feeding Decisions

 

ABOUT THIS MODULE

Curious about how you can best support families with their infant and child feeding decisions? This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to facilitate Informed Feeding Decisions (IFDs) across the continuum of care.

A note on inclusive terminology:

This module uses gender-neutral terminology whenever possible. In some instances, gender-specific terminology is used to accurately reflect the literature being cited. Unlike other modules in the AHS 20-hour Breastfeeding Course, this module does not assume that parents have made a decision to breastfeed. Therefore, the term “parent or caregiver” is used throughout.

When referring to breastfeeding, it is recognized that some breastfeeding parents may not identify as mothers or as female, but as male, non-binary or gender diverse. Some breastfeeding parents may not identify with the terms breasts or breastfeeding, and prefer alternative terminology, such as chest, chestfeeding or human milk feeding. In all circumstances, health care professionals will utilize patient and family centered care to be responsive to the particular context, self-identified gender, pronouns and preferred terminology of the families they support.

Additional module resources:

AHS Breastfeeding Education

References

Glossary

COVID-19

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TO NAVIGATE THROUGH THE ONLINE MODULES

It is not recommended to access the online modules on smartphones at this point as your learning experience might be compromised.

Make sure performing all the interactive activities required in each topic, e.g. ‘click to …’ or quiz questions.

“MARK COMPLETE”: When you go through the module the first time, you will notice the “MARK COMPLETE” button in certain pages. Make sure clicking on it when you reach the bottom of the page. There is no ‘MARK COMPLETE’ in a page with quiz activity. Please note it won’t allow you to mark complete a lesson before you complete all the topics in that lesson. After you complete the whole module, the “MARK COMPLETE” will not be there anymore when you revisit the content.

‘TAKE NOTES’: To make notes for your own use, click on ‘TAKE NOTES’ at the upper right corner of your screen to open the notes field. All the course notes you have made can be found in a full list in the page of ‘My Courses’.

‘RESUME LEARNING”: For the convenience of self-paced learning, you may exit from the middle of the course and come back later. When you log into the e-learning portal again, click on ‘RESUME LEARNING’, and you will be redirected to where you left last time.

Certificate of Completion / CME Certificate: Once you have completed the module, you will find the ‘Print Your Certificate’ button available at the top of this page. You may choose to print it or download it as PDF document.

Return to this module overview page: When you are in the module, you may come back to this page by clicking on the module title at the bottom of the COURSE NAVIGATION widget, following ‘Return to’ in orange color.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After completing this module, you will be equipped to:

  • Define an IFD approach
  • Identify when an IFD approach can be used
  • Identify and define the principles of an IFD
  • Recognize how the principles of an IFD can contribute to positive outcomes for families
  • Apply principles and actions to support IFDs

ACCREDITATION

This one-credit-per-hour Self-Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development for up to 1.5 Mainpro+ credits.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 1.5 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

You may also perform Linking Learning exercises around a question you ask yourself as a result of learning from this program at: http://www.cfpc.ca/Linking_Learning_exercises/. Each completed Linking Learning exercise earns five Mainpro+ certified credits.

Accredited Royal College MOC Section 1 and Section 3 credits are eligible for certified Mainpro+ credits, up to a maximum of 50 credits per five-year cycle; any additional credits are eligible as non-certified Mainpro+ credits. MOC Section 3 accredited activities can be claimed at 3 credits per hour up to the cycle maximum.

Professional Development & Continuing Competence Program

After you finish this module, you will be able to download the certificate of completion for professional development and Continuing Competence Program (CPP) purposes.
If you are an AHS employee, you may also record completion of this course in AHS MyLearningLink. Log into MyLearningLink using your AHS user name and password. Click on My Information and Grades and record your completion of this module under External Learning Events.


COPYRIGHT

Material presented are in compliance with the University of Calgary Copyright Policy, Acceptable Use of Material Protected by Copyright.

Course materials are for individual use only and not to be distributed.


DISCLOSURE
  • This course has received no commercial sponsorship support.
  • This course was co-developed with AHS Early Years Health Promotion team and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.
  • Faculty disclosure
Faculty Credentials Disclosure Affiliation
Dolly Bondarianzadeh MSc PhD Nothing to Declare Alberta Health Services
Farah Bandali MSc RD Nothing to Declare Alberta Health Services
Sanjeev Bhatla MD CCFP Nothing to Declare Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network
Eliana Clay MA CE Member of the Canadian Evaluation Society e-Institute Curriculum Advisory Board Alberta Health Services
Gloria Keays MD CCFP Nothing to Declare Alberta Health Services
Lynnea Knight MPH RN Nothing to Declare Alberta Health Services
Shawna Lamond MD CCFP IBCLC Speaker Honoraria: Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network
Kelly MacGregor MD CCFP IBCLC Nothing to Declare Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta
Amelie Stritzke MD FRCPC Nothing to Declare Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Chloe Burnett MSc MEd Nothing to Declare Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

PLANNING COMMITTEE

Dolly Bondarianzadeh MSc PhD (Chair)
Farah Bandali MSC RD
Sanjeev Bhatla MD CCFP
Eliana Clay MA CE
Shawna Lamond MD CCFP IBCLC
Gloria Keys MD CCFP
Lynnea Knight MPH RN
Kelly MacGregor MD CCFP IBCLC
Amelie Stritzke MD FRCPC
Chloe Burnett (CME Representative)


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

AHS Early Years Health Promotion would like to thank all stakeholders across the maternal-child continuum of care who were involved in the development of this module.


CONTACT INFORMATION

For any tech issue you have in this module, please email the tech support team at ecme@ucalgary.ca.

For questions about the content of AHS 20-Hour Breastfeeding Course and related resources, please email the Early Years Health Promotion team at eyhp@ahs.ca.