Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers



The Douglas College Online Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers 400 provides comprehensive information in breastfeeding counseling and lactation theory. This course's curriculum has been revised to incorporate the latest evidence-based information in lactation theory. It offers the tools needed to help students support, counsel and empower families to reach their breastfeeding goals throughout their feeding trajectory. With the guidance of an IBCLC as their instructor, 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 dynamic online course focuses on engagement through discussion forums, activities, and group projects. Students will practice and apply what they have learned through interactive case studies and live online lectures. In addition, each participant will be mentored through observational experiences as a way to consolidate their learning by observing the application of theory to practice in real life settings.

While clinical experiences are currently limited due to Covid-19 precautions, a full list of alternative experiences (including virtual observational experiences) will be available.

Students will have the advantage of flexible online learning, with the expectation that coursework will be completed on a weekly basis. Students are further expected to participate in six instructor-led "live" online collaborative sessions featuring interactive case-studies & guided learning. See registration details for specific dates.

Unlike many online courses, our classes are capped at 25 students to facilitate optimal discussion environments and online interactive teaching.

Upon successful completion of all course components with a 70% grade or higher students will receive a Douglas College Certificate of Completion with 136 Lactation-Education-Hours to sit the International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants Exam. It is the student’s responsibility to verify if they meet the requirements to write the exam. This course is also an approved Douglas College Nursing Elective and at other educational institutions throughout Canada (student to verify with own educational institution).

The BCHP 400 curriculum focuses on former or practicing health care provider workers or students i.e.: Nurses, Doulas, Midwives, Massage Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Dietitians, Dentists, etc. Therefore, a good understanding of basic medical terminology and biology are required to be successful in the course. This course assumes that that the student has a good foundation in anatomy and physiology and evidence-based theory. This course requires significant student dedication and involvement

In addition to serving as a Nursing Elective at various educational institutions, this course prepares students to write the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Exam. However, if you are looking for a basic-moderate breastfeeding course, we recommend our popular 20 Hour Breastfeeding Foundations Course.

If you are a WRHA employee please contact your supervisor, manager or educator prior to registering for this course as it may be available through the authority. 

To register follow the link and instructions.

Course CRN: 31054

Course Fee: $944


Start date: September 14, 2020

Live online sessions: Sep 19, Oct 3 & 17, Nov 14 & 28, and Dec 12 - 12:00 - 1:30 pm PST

End date: January 15, 2021

Notification of withdrawal and/or refund request, 3 business days prior to the beginning of classes, minus $15 processing fee. NO exceptions and no refunds will be granted after the above stated timelines. If 30% of the course has gone by with no participation, will be graded as a UN.

Technical Requirements - Please read

Required Text book:

Student must purchase the book: Wambach & Spencer, Breastfeeding and Human Lactation (Includes Navigate 2 Preferred Access) 6th Edition; ISBN: 9781284151565 Can be ordered or purchased at the Douglas College David Lam Bookstore (

Optional Textbooks

Breastfeeding Answers: A Guide For Helping Families 2E, Nancy Mohrbacher, June 1, 2020 release

Interdisciplinary Lactation Care, Approval Review Committee (LEAARC), ISBN: 9781284111163, 1284111164, eText ISBN: 9781284174113, 1284174115

Please Note:

The college bookstore is 'open' but delivery times will vary.  We recommend the mandatory textbook be purchased as soon as possible.

Highlights Objectives and Requirements