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​Breastfeeding Education for Health Care Providers

Perinatal Services BC recognizes that health care providers have a significant impact on the decisions a woman makes regarding the initiation of breastfeeding, its exclusivity, and its duration. Having the current evidence-based knowledge and skills in order to provide breastfeeding education and support is essential. Step 2 of the Baby-Friendly Initiative requires that all staff have the knowledge and skills to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding, appropriate to their role.  

BC Institute of Technology (BCIT)

NSPN 7155 - The Breastfeeding Experience Theory

Online course, 30 hours, two credits, required in the BCIT Perinatal Specialty Nursing Program 
This innovative course prepares nurses and other health care providers with current research-based breastfeeding knowledge related to the development of clinical breastfeeding skills to support the mother/infant dyad in a successful breastfeeding experience. This course is also offered to nurses, doulas, lactation consultants, etc. for professional development purposes. Nurses and other health care providers with current breastfeeding education may be able to challenge this course.


NSPN 7156 - The Breastfeeding Experience Clinical

25 hours, one credit, required in the BCIT Perinatal Specialty Nursing Program
This clinical course includes 25 hours of hands-on clinical experience working with breastfeeding mother/infant dyads in either acute care (i.e. hospital) and/or community practice (i.e. public health) settings. Nurses and other health care providers who have current clinical breastfeeding experience in an acute postpartum or public health/community setting ≥1 year may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credit.



BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre

Breastfeeding: Protection, Promotion and Support in the Hospital (log into LearningHub and search by course title)
Free to all BC health authorities.  

Day 1 – Assessment 
Day 2 – Overcoming Challenges
Day 3 – Techniques and Technologies

This three-day course is designed specifically for nurses working with mothers and babies during pregnancy and early postpartum. The information and clinical skills covered include: evidence-based care, important historical changes in infant feeding, the Baby-Friendly Initiaitve, assessment of feeding, donor milk banking, appropriate use of artificial breastmilk substitutes, and creating change in clinical practice. 

 

Douglas College

Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers

This comprehensive course provides a broad base of breastfeeding and lactation theory, breastfeeding counselling information, plus a variety of observational experiences. A significant component of self-directed learning makes it possible for this program to meet a wide range of educational needs. The course includes: 39 hours of classroom instruction in breastfeeding theory; 38 hours of perinatal observational experiences (documented by journaling); readings from the course textbook and selected websites; a group project assignment and presentation; mid-term and final exams. 

This course is for anyone who wants to help make breastfeeding the cultural norm for infant feeding. The goal is to enhance knowledge and understanding of breastfeeding and breastfeeding issues in society today and to provide useful skills for effective support of breastfeeding.


Quintessence Foundation

Breastfeeding: Making a Difference

A three-day 20-hour face-to-face workshop for hospital and community health professionals. Courses may be organized by your health authority or facility’s Breastfeeding Champion. There is also a five-day train-the-trainer course offered periodically through PSBC. There are no courses scheduled at this time, but one may be organized on request. Please contact psbc@phsa.ca if your organization is interested.  



Step2 Education

Breastfeeding Essentials

Online, various courses/hours designed to meet the needs of hospitals requiring Baby-Friendly staff education for their hospital or health organization. Courses meet the requirements of the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospitals Initiative. These courses are evidence-based, high-quality and peer reviewed, ensuring that staff complete the course with the knowledge they require to successfully work in a Baby Friendly Hospital.



UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development

Latching On: How Family Physicians Can Support Breastfeeding Patients

Free one-hour online module, 1.0 Manipro-M1. 

This module provides community-based family physicians with the information and tools to be able to offer breastfeeding support and medical management.

 

.25 Mainpro-M1 / MOC Section 3 
This 5-10 minute module and evaluation activities will provide medical and surgical specialist physicians with the information and tools to be able to offer breastfeeding support and medical management in Vancouver Coastal Health.



Please let us know if there are other courses available in BC which should be considered for inclusion on this list.




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