Self Learning Kit on Breastfeeding for Health Professionals produced by DH (2011)

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About this Kit

Breastfeeding is the unequalled way to providing o0ptimal nutritional, immunological and emotional nurturing for the growth and development of infants. The benefits are proportional to the duration and exclusiveness of breastfeeding until the infants are ready for transitional feeding. Although breastfeeding is a natural act, it is also a learned skill. Mothers need to access practical and accurate information on breastfeeding from health professionals. Your support and guidance is essential to help mothers initiate and continue breastfeeding as well as overcome hurdles and barriers during the course.

The Department of Health (DH) has taken the lead to develop this Self Learning Kit on Breastfeeding for Health Professionals (the Kit) in 2011 with an aim to enhance their knowledge and skills that are essential to facilitate the initiation, establishment and maintenance of breastfeeding. The Kit will provide you with the necessary information and practical suggestions to address common breastfeeding problems and concerns at different stages from pregnancy to around six months postnatal. With the concerted effort of all health professionals, every newborn infant in Hong Kong getting breastfed would not be a dream anymore.

Content

The Kit starts with an opening remark by the Director of Health and testimonials from breastfeeding mothers. The learning materials are presented with case scenario(s) in each chapter. You can also refer to the supplementary information in the core topics. Further readings and other references are provided at the end of each chapter. To use this Kit effectively, you are advised to read the User Guide before reading the contents.

The Chapters:

The Core Topics:

  1. Anatomy of the Breast
  2. Physiology of Lactation
  3. Taking Breastfeeding History
  4. Performing a Breast Examination
  5. Observing a Breastfeed
  6. Practical Skills in Breastfeeding
  7. Alternative Feeding Methods
  8. Expression of Breastmilk
  9. Storage of Breastmilk
  10. Breastfeeding Counselling Skills
  11. Hospital and Community Resources
  12. Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
  13. Human Milk and Infant Formula Milk

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

It may take approximately 8 hours to complete the 10 chapters. You need to complete a pre- and post-assessment with 5 multiple choice questions in each chapter. By submitting the pre- and post-assessment form to Family Health Service (FHS) of DH at breastfeeding.fhs@dh.gov.hk, you can acquire CPD points from the following professional organisations:

CME points (updated 2018)

College / Organisation 2014
(with 1 supplementary chapter added)
2015
(10 Chapters
+ 1 supplementary chapter)
2016
(10 Chapters
+ 1 supplementary chapter)
2017
(10 Chapters
+ 1 supplementary chapter)
2018
(10 Chapters
+ 1 supplementary chapter)
Hong Kong College of Family Physicians

1 CME point for each chapter with 4 out of 5 questions in the post-assessment being correct.

(Max 10 CME points) (Cat 5.2)

1 CME point for each chapter with 50% questions in the post-assessment being correct.

(Max 10 CME points) (Cat 5.2)

1 CME point for each chapter with 50% questions in the post-assessment being correct.

(Max 10 CME points)  (Cat 5.2)

1 CME point for each chapter with 50% questions in the post-assessment being correct.

(Max 10 CME points)  (Cat 5.2)

1 CME point for each chapter with 50% questions in the post-assessment being correct.

(Max 10 CME points)  (Cat 5.2)
Hong Kong College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1 CME point for each chapter. 1 CME point for each chapter. 1 CME point under cat. "Activities for Improvement of Patient/Medical Care" per chapter Pending Pending
Hong Kong College of Paediatricians

1 CME point for each chapter (including the supplementary chapter).

Max. 11 CME (Cat A)

1 CME point for each chapter and 2 points for chapter 4

Max. 12 CME (Cat A)

1 CME point for each chapter 1-10

1 CME point for each chapter 1-10 (Cat A)

1 CME point for each chapter 1-10

Max 10 CME points (Cat E) for all chapters

HK College of Community Medicine (Included this in the List of approved journals for self-directed learning wef June 2012. No renewal needed) 1 Credit point for each hour of reading (maximum 10 for each year)(Cat 5.1) Same Same Same 1 credit point for each hour of reading (maximum 10 for each year)
HK College of Anaesthesiologist 5 CME point 2.25 CME point 2.25 CME point Nil 2.5 CME point
DH/HKAM/HKDU/HKMA (Non specialist) 1 CME point for each chapter 1 CME point for each chapter 1 CME point for each chapter 1 CME point for each chapter 1 CME point for each chapter
Nursing Council of Hong Kong (CNE) Chapter 1 & 2 (1.5 in total); Chapter 3 (1); Chapter 4 (1.5); Chapter 5 & 6 (1 in total); Chapter 7 & 8 (1.5 in total); Chapter 9 , 10 & supplementary (2 in total)   Chapter 1 & 2 (1.5 in total); Chapter 3 (1); Chapter 4 (1.5); Chapter 5 & 6 (1 in total); Chapter 7 & 8 (1.5 in total); Chapter 9 , 10 & supplementary (2 in total) Chapter 1 & 2 (1.5 in total); Chapter 3 (1); Chapter 4 (1.5); Chapter 5 & 6 (1 in total); Chapter 7 & 8 (1.5 in total); Chapter 9 , 10 & supplementary (2 in total) NA
Midwives Council of Hong Kong (PEM) -Ditto-   Chapter 1 & 2 (1.5 in total); Chapter 3 (1); Chapter 4 (1.5); Chapter 5 & 6 (1 in total); Chapter 7 & 8 (1.5 in total); Chapter 9 , 10 & supplementary (2 in total) Chapter 1 & 2 (1.5 in total); Chapter 3 (1); Chapter 4 (1.5); Chapter 5 & 6 (1 in total); Chapter 7 & 8 (1.5 in total); Chapter 9 , 10 & supplementary (2 in total) NA

Accreditation as Baby Friendly Hospital

Evidence of completion of chapters one to seven of this Kit fulfills part of the requirement of training of medical professionals in hospitals with maternity service applying for accreditation as Baby Friendly Hospitals in Hong Kong. Please contact Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Hong Kong Association for detail.

Project Planning Committee

Producer

Collaborators (in alphabetical order)

Production Team

Editorial Board

Contributors (in alphabetical order)

Acknowledgenent

Our thanks are extended to all those who have made the production of this Kit possible - the participants of needs assessment, the collaborating organisations, the independent contributors, the reviewers, the instructional designer, the multimedia production company and the editorial board. Special gratitude is due to Dr Patricia IP for her enthusiasm, hard work, invaluable knowledge and insight in coordinating and editing the huge content during the development process. We would also like to thank all colleagues and friends not listed above who have supported us and contributed towards bringing this Kit to reality.

Our gratitude also goes to the management and staff of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Queen Mary Hospital and United Christian Hospital for their valuable assistance in facilitating the video production.

We also sincerely thank the nursing mothers, their babies and families for sharing their breastfeeding experience and participating in video shooting. Without their generous support and contribution, this Kit would not have materialized.

Last but not the least, we would like to acknowledge the following organisations for their support in launching the Kit: (in alphabetical order)