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Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers

LEAARC Approved Course


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, here is the link:

To register select the link below and follow the instructions.

Course CRN: 31054

Course Fee: $944


Start date: 14th September 2020

Live online sessions: Sep 19, Oct 3 & 17, Nov 14 & 28, and Dec 12

  • Students should have online access and be prepared to engage from 10:00-17:00 (12:00-19:00 MB) each session day
  • Timing for the 60-90 minute live online sessions will be announced by instructor after registration) End date: 15th January 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.

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Required Text book:

Student must purchase the book: Wambach/Breastfeeding and Human Lactation (Includes Navigate 2 Preferred Access) 6th Edition Print ISBN13: 978-1-284-15156-5 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)Print ISBN: 9781284111163, 1284111164, eText ISBN: 9781284174113, 1284174115

Please Note:

The college bookstore is open but delivery times will very.  Amazon is 3 weeks out.  We recommend the mandatory textbook be purchased as soon as possible.

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Highlights Objectives and Requirements

Highlights of the BCHP Course

Please note that due to COVID-19, we have temporarily changed our Observational Experiences to a virtual mode until further notice.

  • Weekly interactive online course delivery, guided by an IBCLC instructor
  • 126 Lactation Education hours
  • Observational Experiences NOTE: We will be offering virtual observational experiences until further notice due to COVID 19
  • A certificate of course completion from Douglas College Graduation Office
  • Eligibility 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

**Please be aware that our clinical observational experiences are subject to change during COVID 19 times as stated above.**

  • 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.