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Breastfeeding Education

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.

Further information on PSBC'S breastfeeding initatives can be found here.

BC Institute of Technology (BCIT)

NSPN 7150 The Breastfeeding Experience

Online course, 45 hours, three credits, required in the BCIT Perinatal Specialty Nursing Program 

The Breastfeeding Experience courses explores foundational concepts for healthcare providers who support mothers, newborns and their families through the brestfeeding continuum. This is a theory-only course that will enable strudents to aquire the knowledge required by healthcare providers to support the mother/infant dyads in a succsessful breastfeeding experience. This 3 credit course amy be used for those seeking International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) certification or recertification: 1) For certification through pathways 1 and 3 ONLY; this course is equivalent to 45 education hours that may be used as part of the total 90 education hours required. 2) For recertification, this course has been recognnized by IBCLC for 45 L-CERPs. 

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

This comprehensive hybrid course provides comprehensive information in breastfeeding counseling and lactation theory. It offers the tools needed to help healthcare providers support, counsel and empower families to reach their breastfeeding goals throughout their feeding trajectory. With the guidance of an IBCLC as their instructor, students will learn how to manage common breastfeeding concerns and challenges and develop a well-rounded and evidence-informed understanding of current optimal infant feeding practices. This course has hybrid delivery, consisting of a weekly interactive online course, 3 face-to-face classes to practice theoretical online components, 136 contact hours, clinical observation experiences and 97 lactation education hours. 

This new course covers Breastfeeding Foundational concepts for those students with a basic health education background who wish to increase their knowledge regarding the basics of lactation. The course's goal is to provide participants with the skills needed to help breastfeeding families acheive their feeding goals. The comprehensive 3 day face-to-face courses covers the latest evidence-based breastfeeding information.

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. 

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.

But I Don't Do Maternity Care! Specialist Physician Management of the Breastfeeding Patient

.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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