20 Hour Breastfeeding Course: Foundational Concepts

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Our 20 Hour Breastfeeding Foundations Course will now be offered in two modes of delivery. The first is the online format, which can be finished in a month. The second mode of delivery is the in person 3 day face-to-face format (subject to COVID-19 regulations. Scroll to the bottom of this page for more information and details.

The 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.

This course is primarily self-paced, students will have a month to complete the course, but they can also choose to finish all coursework within three days.

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

*Registration closes 24 hours to the beginning of the course. No late registrants, please.

Technical Requirements for Success - important information

Online Course Fee: $403.00 

Next offerings 2021

We strongly encourage attending the live sessions. However, the sessions are recorded for any registrants that really cannot attend.

Students can arrange a one on one with the instructor during the month they are registered to review material that they would like more explanation on.

September Course Access Sep 1st -  30th  CRN:  31051
All times Pacific (PST) Option A Option B
Session 1 Sat Sep 25th 2:00 - 3:30 pm Wed Sep 1st  5:00 - 6:30 pm
Session 2 Sun Sep 26th 2:00 - 3:30 pm Wed Sep 8th 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Session 3 Mon Sep 27th 2:00 - 3:30 pm Wed Sep 15th 5:00 - 6:30 pm

 

November Course Access Nov 1st -  30 th CRN:  31052
All times Pacific (PST) Option A Option B
Session 1 Sat Nov 20th  2:00 - 3:30 pm Wed Nov 17th  5:00 - 6:30 pm
Session 2 Sun Nov 21st  2:00 - 3:30 pm Wed Nov 24th  5:00 - 6:30 pm
Session 3 Son Nov 22nd 2:00 - 3:30 pm Wed Dec  1st  5:00  - 6:30 pm

* Registrants can take Option A or B or a combination of the two.  Will be asked to submit your dates closer to the start of the course.

 

The Douglas College IN PERSON 20-Hour Breastfeeding Course: Foundational Concepts is three-day face-to-face course (no online attendance required). This course is offered over three consecutive days or three consecutive Saturdays (please check website for dates).

This course is for those students who thrive learning in class with a live group of students and instructor and who wish to be done over three full days of instruction. This delivery format, requires that students MUST physically attend ALL classes. No exceptions. If you cannot attend all classes, please sign up for our online version of the course. BOTH course delivery formats (online and in person) have the same curriculum.

NOTE: This course is offered at the Coquitlam Campus ONLY. If you wish to do this course over one month fully online, please check our link to our Online 20 Hour Course HERE

NEXT Face to Face Course

Saturdays, October 9, 16 & 23, 2021 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $495.00

CRN:  31104

The 20 Hour Breastfeeding Course: Foundational Concepts covers the same information breastfeeding foundational concepts for those students who wish to increase their knowledge on the basics of human lactation and have a basic health education background. The course will prepare participants with the skills needed to assist breastfeeding families achieve their feeding goals.

The 20 Hour Breastfeeding Course’s curriculum reflects the minimum 20-hours of breastfeeding and lactation education for those working with breastfeeding families as indicated by the World Health Organization. The curriculum is heavily based on the Baby Friendly Initiative and provides a solid foundation for those students who wish to gain foundational knowledge on the basics of lactation and the education and the skills needed to assist breastfeeding families.

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
  • Support the Baby Friendly Initiative
  • Learn to promote, protect and support breastfeeding
  • Provide an understanding of the importance of breastfeeding
  • Identify the anatomy and physiology of involved in lactation
  • Support and assess milk production: expectations and challenges
  • Assess breastfeeding position and latching.
  • Review childhood development as it relates to lactation
  • Utilize the cultural and gender appropriate family-centered-care principles
  • Utilize relational practice and cultural sensitivity to various cultural groups
  • Utilize effective breastfeeding and lactation techniques, assessment skills and breastfeeding counseling
  • Learn to use evidence-informed practice to manage acute and chronic breastfeeding challenges
  • 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
  • Learn about breastfeeding agencies of national and global significance.
  • Identify social and economic pressures that influence breastfeeding
  • Learn about global agencies and International Documents that protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
  • Learn how to counsel breastfeeding mothers who encounter physical, environmental and emotional situations.
  • Learn about relational practice, trauma-informed care and cultural sensitivity in relation to breastfeeding issues

 

Course Content

  • Historical overview of breastfeeding
  • Importance of breastfeeding, properties of human milk and the influence on the infant development including the implications of not breastfeeding
  • Anatomy and physiology of the breast and  milk production
  • Breastfeeding positions including latch theory and practice
  • Influence of pregnancy, labour and birth on early establishment of breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding challenges: early, acute and chronic
  • Relational Practice and counselling techniques for breastfeeding vulnerable groups as First Nations, 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

 

Textbooks/Learning Resources

Required learning materials will need to be downloaded from Blackboard prior to attending class. Alternatively students can bring their own laptops to have access to the material via Wifi/online.

 

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