Did you know a mother’s breast milk is biologically specified for their baby? If you think that is interesting, did you know the milk’s specificity changes day to day to meet the baby’s growth requirements? Cool huh? We did not know this either, until we began NUR325 Human Lactation with Dr. Charlotte Wool.
This elective course offers an interactive, enjoyable way to learn fascinating aspects of human lactation and the benefits that breastfeeding has for both mom and baby.
During this semester, we highlighted topics such as breastfeeding benefits, cultural differences, anatomy and physiology, biological specificity, and even the breastfeeding process. However, this class is not a conventional lecture course; we focus on class discussion and use activities to reinforce concepts that we have learned. For example, we explored the different jaw motions that a baby uses to either breast feed or bottle feed by using orange slices and straws.
If this sounds weird, we even ate brownies in a bathroom stall to emphasize how mothers feel when they have no option other than to feed their babies in a restroom. Also, to better understand what formula-fed babies go through, students had the opportunity to taste infant formula. Let’s just say, it was an eye-opening experience!
Julie Stefanski, Registered Dietitian, spoke to our class about a mother’s nutritional needs during lactation. We visited York Hospital to meet with Lactation Consultants LuAnn Smith, RN, IBCLC and Pat Keister, RN, IBCLC, to learn about their role in advocating and educating mothers in breastfeeding.
Who knew that you could take an elective course that is applicable to your own life, the lives of others, as well as your profession?
Article written by Alaina Szocik and Julie Meier, Nursing Students
Photo: NUR325 Human Lactation class members visited York Hospital to meet with Lactation Consultants who advocate for breastfeeding and teach new mothers about breastfeeding.