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20 Hour Breastfeeding Course: Foundational Concepts - New

Course Fee

Dates and Locations



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: $403.00


Call the Registrar's office at 604-527-5472.

Quote the CRN and start date.

2020 Dates and Locations

 CRN City Dates Instructor
 11150  Coquitlam Feb 13 - 15  Sherry Garland & Jessica Stutters
 11151 Coquitlam
Mar 14, 21 & 28  Shaz Tayebi
 21144 Coquitlam

Jun 6, 13 & 20

 Shaz Tayebi
 31059 Coquitlam
Oct 3, 10 & 17  Shaz Tayebi
 31099 Coquitam Nov 5, 6 & 7  Emily Clark
 31062 Coquitlam
Nov 14, 21 & 28  Shaz Tayebi
 21185 Prince George April 17, 18 & 19  Sarah Gray
 11152 Victoria Mar 7 - 9

 Cyndy Van Tassell & 

 31061 Victoria Nov 7 - 9  Diana Hurschler
 11153 Winnipeg March 20 - 22  Carol Dyck
 31060 Winnipeg Oct 23, 24 & 25  Carol Dyck 

For further information regarding these programs please contact:

Breastfeeding Education Programs

Ivette Musso, RN, MN, IBCLC
Perinatal Program Coordinator
Faculty of Health Sciences



Program Assistant - Perinatal