Accreditation of a university course requires implementation of the following three standards:
Standard One: Make a written commitment to adhere to the standards
The head of department (or equivalent, for example, division/school) should provide written confirmation that the standards will be implemented. The key issues investigated are:
- Has the head of department (or equivalent) submitted written confirmation that the standards will be implemented?
- Has written evidence been submitted that outlines how each of the learning outcomes are to be met, including details of the time to be spent on each topic and the teaching methods to be used?
Standard Two: All students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to support breastfeeding mothers
Breastfeeding education and learning outcomes should be included within the core curriculum and should equip students with the knowledge and skills to practise in line with the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and/or the Seven Point Plan for Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding in Community Health Care Settings, and to support informed decision-making. A minimum of 18 hours of education on breastfeeding should be provided to all student midwives and health visitors/public health nurses. The key issues investigated:
- Does the curriculum enable the specified students to meet each of the learning outcomes?
- Is at least 18 hours of education on breastfeeding provided for specified students?
- Are minimum standards set for the experience students must gain in helping mothers to position and attach their babies for breastfeeding, hand express breastmilk and avoid and overcome common breastfeeding problems?
- Are all mentors orientated to the Baby Friendly Initiative education standards?
- Can the students answer questions on breastfeeding and lactation management correctly?
- Can the students teach mothers how to position and attach their babies effectively for breastfeeding and how to hand express their breastmilk?
Standard Three: Provide teaching without involvement, sponsorship or promotional materials from the artificial feeding industry
Materials provided by the artificial feeding industry (i.e. by manufacturers of infant formula, other breastmilk substitutes, bottles, teats and dummies) should not be in use in the department, except as necessary examples for teaching purposes. The departmental head should provide written confirmation that no sponsorship or similar funding from such companies will be accepted and that no teaching in the department will be delivered by staff employed by such companies. The key issues investigated are:
- Is all teaching provided without materials or support from the artificial feeding industry?
- Is the department free from promotional materials for breastmilk substitutes, feeding bottles, teats and dummies?
- Can the lead midwife and/or health visitor for education confirm that departmental staff do not accept sponsorship or similar funding from the artificial feeding industry?