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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 initiatives can be found here.

Recommended Breastfeeding Courses:

NSPN 7150 The Breastfeeding Experience

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

The Breastfeeding Experience courses explore foundational concepts for health care providers who support mothers, newborns and their families through the breastfeeding continuum. This is a theory-only course that will enable students to acquire the knowledge required by healthcare providers to support the mother/infant dyads in a successful breastfeeding experience. This 3 credit course may 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 recognized by IBCLC for 45 L-CERPs. 

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 Initiative, assessment of feeding, donor milk banking, appropriate use of artificial breastmilk substitutes, and creating change in clinical practice. 

Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers

The Douglas College Hybrid Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers-400 is a LEAARC-approved 13-week course which provides comprehensive information in breastfeeding counselling and lactation theory. This course's curriculum has been revised to incorporate the latest evidence-based information in lactation theory. This course is intended for former or practicing health care providers or health care provider students. It offers the tools needed to help participants support, counsel and empower families to reach their breastfeeding goals. 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 includes 3 mandatory face-to-face classes where students will practice and apply what they have learned during the interactive lectures. Participants will also attend various clinical observational experiences as a way to consolidate their learning by observing the application of theory to practice in real life settings. Upon successful completion of all course components with a 70% grade or higher students will receive a Douglas College Certificate of Completion with 97 Lactation-Education-Hours to sit the International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants Exam.

20 Hour Breastfeeding Course

The new Douglas College 20 Hour Breastfeeding Course covers the Breastfeeding Foundational concepts for those students who wish to increase their knowledge regarding the basics of lactation. This course will be useful for those students wishing to work and support breastfeeding families throughout their feeding trajectory. This introductory course covers the required minimum 20-hours of lactation education as suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO) and provides participants with the skills needed to help breastfeeding families achieve their feeding goals.

This information-packed and comprehensive three-day face-to-face course covers the latest evidence-based breastfeeding information and replaces our previous Douglas College 18 Hour Breastfeeding Course.  At the end of the course, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Douglas College's Continuing Education Department. Finally, this course is heavily based on the Baby-Friendly Initiative and uses a Family-Centered Care Approach as well as a Trauma-Informed lens throughout the course's modules.  

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. 

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.

Latching On: How Family Physicians Can Support Breastfeeding Patients

Free one-hour online module, 1.5 Manipro+ 

Breastfeeding is important for the lifelong health and wellbeing of both parent and baby. As a care provider you have an important influence on a parent's infant feeding decisions. Check out our redesigned and updated online modules to learn more about how you can best support breastfeeding families. There are two modules available, with content that has been tailored to your specific needs as a primary care provider or specialist physician.

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

.25 Mainpro-M1 / MOC Section 3 
This 10 to 15-minute module will provide medical and surgical specialist physicians with the information and tools to be able to offer breastfeeding support and medical management in British Columbia.

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