We had classes during second year during the child development section. I remember that part of that was having a bunch of bteastfeeding moms come in to discuss their experiences with us. Dr. Lawrence did a lot of teaching on the physiology of breastfeeding. Of course, in pharmacology we had to know all about the safety pf meds for lactation. Then we had additional training while doing our peds rotation and OB/GYN rotations. We had to shadow the lactation consultants for a day. I don't remember exact hours, if that's what you're asking. It was years ago. Most of the learning is on the job during rotations and residency, so it's hard to parse it into hours.
I mean, there wasn't a course called "Breastfeeding 101". That's not how med school works. All the learning is on a continuum. It's like how people say that doctors don't learn about vaccines during school because they look at the curriculum and don't see a course about vaccines. In reality, we learn about them in microbiology, immunology, pathophysiology , pharmacology.
Sorry for typos. On phone, typing with carpal tunnel syndrome. Bad combo.
Thanks for responding. Sorry about your carpal tunnel.
It's hard to say for sure, but it seems like a lactation consultant would have more training than an OB or ped. And understandably so. But that's true, I'd rather get my breastfeeding advice from a lactation consultant than a pediatrician. But well baby checkups don't include discussing breastfeeding with a lactation consultant. They are not paid for out of all insurance (at least when my son was an infant).
Getting back on topic, my point is, how can I value medical opinions when getting those opinions from the experts I am inclined to trust are not part of the current medical establishment?