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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
  • Identify ways to promote, protect and support breastfeeding
  • Understand the importance of breastfeeding
  • Understand the anatomy and physiology involved in lactation
  • Assess breastfeeding position & latch.
  • Utilize effective breastfeeding & lactation techniques, assessment and breastfeeding counseling skills
  • Support and assess milk production: expectations and challenges
  • Review childhood development as it relates to lactation
  • Utilize cultural and gender appropriate family-centered-care principles
  • Use evidence-informed practice to manage acute and chronic breastfeeding challenges
  • Understand scope of practice, when to refer, and collaboration with other health/other care providers
  • Aware of local community resources including clinical support as well as other health equity support
  • 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; apply harm reduction principles as applicable.

Course Content

  • Historical overview of breastfeeding
  • Importance of breastfeeding, properties of human milk and the influence on infant development including the implications of not breastfeeding
  • Anatomy and physiology of the breast and milk production
  • Influence of pregnancy, labour and birth on early establishment of breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding positions including latch theory and practice
  • Breastfeeding challenges: early, acute and chronic
  • Relational practice and counselling techniques for breastfeeding vulnerable groups such as Indigenous 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

31163  Coquitlam  November 27, 28 & 29  Shaz Tayebi


2020 Dates

Course Fee: $403.00

TBA    Coquitlam Feb 13 - 15  Shaz Tayebi
TBA   Mar 14, 21 & 28  

Jun 18 - 20

TBA    Oct 15 - 17  
TBA   Nov 14, 21 & 28  Jessica Stutters
TBA  Victoria Mar 7 - 9

 Cyndy Vantassell & 

TBA   Nov 7 - 9  Diana Hurschler
TBA  Kelowna Apr 2 - 4  Sheena Velasco & 
TBA   Dec 3 - 5  Amanda Lord
TBA Winnipeg March 20 - 22 Carol Dyck