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20 Hour Breastfeeding Course: Foundational Concepts - New

The new Douglas College 20 Hour Breastfeeding Course covers 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 to breastfeed 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.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, successful learners will be able to:

  • Provide support to families through their breastfeeding journey, including acute or chronic issues.

  • Learn Baby Friendly Initiative.

  • Learn to promote, protect and support breastfeeding.

  • Provide an understanding of the importance of breastfeeding.

  • Identify the anatomy and physiology of involved in lactation.

  • Support and assess milk production: expectations and challenges.

  • Assess breastfeeding position and latching.

  • Review childhood development as it relates to lactation.

  • Utilize the cultural and gender appropriate family-centered-care principles.

  • Utilize relational practice and cultural sensitivity to various cultural groups.

  • Utilize effective breastfeeding and lactation techniques, assessment skills and breastfeeding counseling.

  • Learn to use evidence-informed practice to manage acute and chronic breastfeeding challenges.

  • Establish breastfeeding as a cultural norm and utilize the revised Baby Friendly Initiative’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

  • Discuss health implication of prescribed medications and recreational substances on breastmilk/breastfeeding.

  • Learn about breastfeeding agencies of national and global significance.

  • Identify social and economic pressures that influence breastfeeding.

  • Learn about global agencies and International Documents that protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

  • Learn how to counsel breastfeeding mothers who encounter physical, environmental and emotional situations.

  • Learn about relational practice, trauma-informed care and cultural sensitivity in relation to breastfeeding issues

Course Content

  • Historical overview of breastfeeding.

  • Importance of breastfeeding, properties of human milk and the influence on the infant development including the implications of not breastfeeding.

  • Anatomy and physiology of the breast and  milk production.

  • Breastfeeding positions including latch theory and practice.

  • Influence of pregnancy, labour and birth on early establishment of breastfeeding.

  • Breastfeeding challenges: early, acute and chronic.

  • Relational Practice and counselling techniques for breastfeeding vulnerable groups such as Aboriginal Peoples, LGBTQ2, new Canadians and Refugees.

  • Examining practice with the Baby Friendly Initiative including the newly revised Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

  • Protection, promotion and support of all breastfeeding mothers.

 No prerequisites

Course Fee: $395.00

Call the Registrar's office to register at 604-527-5472

2019 Dates

 CRN City Dates  Instructor
 31071 Coquitlam October 19, 26 & Nov 2 Jessica Stutters & Shaz Tayebi
 31182 Victoria November 1, 2 & 3 Cyndy Van Tassell & Diana Hurschler
 31188 Winnipeg November 15, 16 &17  Carol Dyck
 31183 Kel/Kam November 16, 17 & 18 Sheena Velasco & Amanda Lord
 31163 Coquitlam November 27, 28 & 29 Jessica Stutters & Shaz Tayebi