Online Learning for GPs

Below are listed online CPD modules which are useful to the GP wishing to learn more about infant feeding and postnatal care.

Where educational resources and events are developed or sponsored by industry the clinician should be mindful of the possibility of bias. GPIFN aims to signpost to independent information and educational resources wherever possible.

The Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative: e-Learning Package for GPs E-learning modules covering the basics of lactation, breastfeeding support issues and how to manage breastfeeding challenges.

e-Learning for Healthcare: Healthy Child Programme A series of e-learning modules available freely to healthcare professionals with an email account. Modules 6 and 8 address infant feeding, growth and nutrition.

e-learning for Healthcare: Infant Feeding e-learning programme to support education around the implementation of Baby Friendly standards in healthcare and public healthcare settings.  Produced by the Yorkshire and Humber group of the National Infant Feeding Network (NIFN).

The Breastfeeding Network: e-Learning Package for GPs An e-learning package developed by The Breastfeeding Network to meet Baby Friendly standards. It is delivered on a CD with a course book and other useful resources to use in practice.

BMJ CPD/CME module: Managing Common Breastfeeding Problems in the Community Covers common problems including milk supply issues and causes of breastfeeding pain, authored by doctor of medicine and IBCLC Dr Lisa Amir.  Access to the article without the CPD element is here (with thanks to Dr Amir).

BMJ Masterclass in Breastfeeding Webinar presented by GPIFN Team member Dr Clare Aitchison entitled ‘Breastfeeding- Not a GP Problem?’ covering the role of the GP in breastfeeding support and management of breastfeeding problems (BMJ Masterclass purchase is required for access).

Supporting Mothers Who Breastfeed: A Guide for Trainee and Qualified Doctors A book (98pp) available as a free pdf which combines scientific knowledge and mothers’ experiences. Written by experienced breastfeeding counsellor Patricia Wise with a foreword by Charlotte Wright, Professor of Community Child Health/ Consultant Paediatrician.

Why Milk Matters: iLactation Webinar by Maureen Minchin A webinar of just over one hour delivered by Maureen Minchin author of ‘Milk Matters’.

e-Learning for Healthcare: Perinatal Mental Health An e-learning package accredited by the RCGP for healthcare professionals on issues relating to Perinatal Mental Health.

Babies in Mind Online Learning Free Infant Mental Health online course produced by the University of Warwick, hosted by FutureLearn.

RCPCH: Palate Examination – Identification of Cleft Palate in the Newborn- Best Practice Guide  Developed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, this NICE accredited evidence-based best practice guide provides recommendations on optimal examination of the newborn palate during the routine examination to ensure early detection of a cleft palate. The page includes links to e-learning and information for parents.

Published April 2017, Updated November 28th 2019