20 Hour Breastfeeding Course: Foundational Concepts

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The new online 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 interactive online course covers the latest evidence-based breastfeeding information, providing the kind of engagement and "hands-on learning" that made our original face to face 20 Hour classes so unique and rewarding.

Students have continuous access to their dedicated IBCLC instructor and will benefit from three days of focused instruction, which includes:

  • 3 instructor-led "live" online collaborative sessions featuring interactive case-studies & guided learning
  • 18 Powerpoint presentation modules & supplementary material (for print or download)
  • Discussion forums, activities, and quizzes that will prepare students to apply their knowledge along the way
  • All-day access to IBCLC instructor via course messaging and online meeting spaces

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

Technical Requirements for Success - important information

Students have 10 days to complete this course, and can complete the course in as few as 3 days.

If you are a Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) employee please contact your Supervisor, Manager or Educator prior to registering for this course as sponsorship may be available through this health authority. 

Course Fee: $403.00

Quote CRN: 31065

Dates: December 3rd, 4th and 5th

ONLINE Live sessions: 9:00 - 10:30 am PST

Next offerings 2021 !

February Course Access February 1 - 28   CRN:  11074
All times Pacific (PST) ONLINE Live sessions:
Session 1 Sat   Feb 6th  11:30 am-1:00 pm
Session 2 Sun  Feb 7th  11:30 am-1:00 pm
Session 3 Mon  Feb 8th  11:30 am-1:00 pm

Students may choose to watch a recorded version of each live session if needed, and alternative timing options may be available at the discretion of the course instructor.

April Course Access April 1 -  30   CRN:  TBA
All times Pacific (PST)    
Session 1 Sat   Apr 10th  11:30 am-1:00 pm  
Session 2 Sun  Apr 11th  11:30 am-1:00 pm  
Session 3 Mon  Apr 12th  11:30 am-1:00 pm  


June Course Access June 1 -  30   CRN:  TBA
All times Pacific (PST)    
Session 1 Mon  Jun 14th 8:30 am-10:00 pm  
Session 2 Tue  Jun 15th  8:30 am-10:00 pm  
Session 3 Wed Jun 16th 8:30 am-10:00 pm

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