How Breastfeeding Works:

What Research Tells Us

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This course describes the complex nature of human milk. Referencing the research work of the University of Western Australia, it reviews the synthesis and secretion of breast milk, differentiates between Lactogenesis I and II, describes the changes in the volume and composition of breast milk after birth and details normal breastfeeding patterns of healthy breastfeeding infants. The methods babies regulate milk production of their mothers is also presented.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe the composition of human milk
  • Differentiate between Lactogenesis I and II.
  • Explain the process of measuring breast milk volume.
  • Summarize normal feeding patterns of exclusively breast fed infants.
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Credit Hours

  • Nursing - 1.0 Contact Hours
  • Dietitian - 1.0 CPE Credits
  • ACNM - 0.1 CEUs


  • Composition of human milk
  • Maternal energy consumption
  • Lactogenesis I
        -Milk volumes
  • Lactogenesis II
         -Milk volumes
           -Biochemical markers
  • Breast volume/storage capacity
  • Maintaining lactation
           -Demand and supply
           -Breastfeeding patterns
  • Extended lactation/involution