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Addressing Gaps in Breastfeeding Disparities Offers Career Opportunities for Dietitians

Learn how registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) who are also IBCLCs can help families meet their breastfeeding goals by ensuring the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding are met through Baby-Friendly USA's evidence-based guidelines. Discover how interdisciplinary teams that include RDNs are necessary for successful Baby-Friendly designation.

Member Price $24.00

Nonmember Price $54.00


Student pricing: $10.00

Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) who are also IBCLCs are key in supporting families to meet their breastfeeding goals and ensuring that the World Health Organization's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding are met. In this webinar, participants will learn about Baby-Friendly USA's evidence-based Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria, which focus on safety, equity, communication and competence and result in improved maternity care. Discover how the Baby-Friendly designation leads to the equitable provision of care, reduces breastfeeding disparities, and increases exclusive breastfeeding across all race ethnicities and socioeconomic levels. Speakers discuss the important role that hospital-based interdisciplinary teams—including RDNs—play in achieving successful Baby-Friendly designation. In both community and clinical nutrition settings, RDNs can help ensure that facilities meet the Baby-Friendly designation requirements. You will also hear from experts and educators on how to navigate this rewarding field of nutrition and earn their IBCLC credential, which opens the door to a new set of job opportunities.

This webinar was presented live on August 2, 2022. The CPE expires on May 31, 2024.

CPE Level: 2

Performance Indicators:

  • 12.1.2 Leads or participates in the development of food and health policies.
  • 12.2.1 Identifies determinants of health and influences on population health status.
  • 12.2.2 Identifies and reviews evidence-based literature to create programs and to justify needs and actions.

Learning Objectives

  • Assess the evidence-based literature supporting the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding that are the foundation of Baby-Friendly Designation.
  • Identify three ways the Baby-Friendly Designation practices and processes result in equitable provision of maternity care and reduce breastfeeding and health disparities.
  • Differentiate the various pathways to becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)


Eileen FitzPatrick, DrPH, MPH, RDN, CLC

Lisa Akers, PhD, RDN, IBCLC, RLC, FAND

Release Date: August 2, 2022


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