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Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers

LEAARC Approved Course


The Douglas College Hybrid 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.

In addition to the interactive online component, this course includes mandatory face-to-face classes where students will practice and apply what they have learned during the interactive lectures. Participants will also attend various clinical observational experiences.  Up to a maximum of 28 hours as per availability, as a way to consolidate their learning by observing the application of theory to practice in real life settings.

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 in former or practicing health care provider workers or students ie: 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 as it is also expected that students attend breastfeeding observational experiences at different locations.

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, here is the link: 20 Hour Breastfeeding

To register call CE Registration at 604-527-5472

Please note:

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.

Course can be cancelled 48 hours prior to the start date with a full refund.

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Highlights Objectives and Requirements

Highlights of the Hybrid BCHP 400 Course

  • Weekly interactive online course delivery, guided by an IBCLC instructor
  • 3 face to face classes to practice theoretical online components
  • 136 contact hours
  • Clinical observational experiences
  • 97 Lactation Education Hours
  • A Certificate of course completion from Douglas College Graduation office
  • Eigibility to write the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners' exam (IBCLE) upon successful completion of the program providing that all IBCLE criteria is met and previously verified by student.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

  • Provide basic knowledge to help support families through their breastfeeding journey.
  • Provide students with comprehensive evidence-based understanding of the basics of lactation, including childhood development and anatomy and physiology of the lactating breast.
  • Utilize cultural and gender appropriate family-centered-care principles.
  • Encourage the development of sound and effective breastfeeding techniques, counseling and assessment skills.
  • Establish breastfeeding as the cultural norm in hospitals, communities and the workplace. 
  • Discuss health implication of prescribed medications and recreational substances on breastmilk/breastfeeding.  
  • Become change agents in the area of breastfeeding/lactation and disseminate this knowledge among breastfeeding families and other health care providers.
  • Identify breastfeeding agencies of national and global significance.

Course Requirements

  • Attendance is mandatory for the in-person sessions; dates will be announced in advance of the course start date.
  • As this is a paced course, students must participate weekly in the online delivery of the course and its requirements.  Please be aware that this is not at “your pace course” as students are working in an online community of practice that requires mandatory weekly group participation.
  • Participate in the scheduled Webinar (date to be announced at the beginning of the course). If unable to participate, please inform your instructor ahead of time.
  • This course involves complex concepts and uses academic vocabulary. Participants need to possess strong English comprehension and writing skills to master the curriculum successfully.
  • The course’s curriculum focus is directed toward former, practicing or current health care fields or health care provider students. Therefore, a good understanding of basic medical terminology and biology are required to be successful in the course.
  • In order to be successful in this course, students must obtain a 70% on each individual course component (theory, final exam and journal).
  • All theory-related course components such as discussion forums, quizzes, assignments, activities, final exam, etc. are mandatory. Students must participate in all aspects of the theoretical components in order to be successful in this course.
  • Observational experiences attendance are mandatory. Absences (no-shows) to pre-arranged observational experiences without following proper established protocol will not be tolerated and may result in an unsuccessful completion of the journal portion of the course.
  • Face-to-Face Classes are mandatory. Students will write the final exam during the last face to face class.
  • Students must complete and submit all required observational experiences paperwork and forms prior to attending clinical observations. Forms need to be submitted by the end of the first week of class at the latest. Please contact for information.
  • Students must follow the Health Authorities policies when attending observational experiences.
  • To participate in the mandatory Clinical Observation Experiences, students must provide proof of their TB skin test administered 6 months prior to the program’s start date as well as well as providing their updated vaccinations.
  • Textbook: Riordan, J. and Wambach, K. (2015). Breastfeeding and human lactation. Sudbury (5th edition).  Mississauga, ON. Jones and Bartlett Publishers.  Available online or through our Douglas College library (physical copies only).  The book is also available via e-book from a variety of online bookstores.

Course Fee: $944.00

CE Registration 604-527-5472

CRN's  City Start   Class 1   Class 2   Class 3  
         9:00 am to 4:30 pm
11149 Coquitlam Jan 20   Feb 29 Apr 4 Apr 18
11147 Victoria Jan 20   Feb 29 Apr 4 Apr 18
11148 Kelowna - Cancelled Feb 17


Mar 28 Apr 26 May 16
31054 Coquitlam  Sep 14    Oct 24 Nov 28 Dec 12
31055 Victoria  Sep 14    Oct 24 Nov 28 Dec 12
31056 Kelowna  Oct 5    Nov 14 Dec 19 Jan 2

Dates are subject to change or cancellation

For more information or questions please contact:

Faculty of Health Sciences, CE, Perinatal Program

Tel: 604-777-6531