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, parent and provider interviews, and their own professional practice (when applicable) 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 five instructor-led "live" online collaborative sessions featuring interactive case-studies & guided learning and the sixth class is the final exam. See registration details for specific dates.  Additionally, throughout the course there will be opportunities for live webinars, discussion sessions, student teaching demonstrations, and other events. All opportunities will be recorded and have the option for alternative student participation to allow for flexibility in participation. Dates will be announced and scheduled after the course start. 

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.


***All course participants should be fluent in both spoken and written English.

***This course also meets the new requirements for the IBCLC exam application for candidates taking the IBLCE Exam or later must have a 5-hour communications course.  

***If you are a Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) employee please contact your Supervisor, Manager or Educator prior to registering for this course as sponsorship may be available through this health authority

Winter Session


Course Fee:  TBA

Start date: TBA Will be January 10th or 17th

The remaining details will be determined shortly.

If you would like to be added to the waitlist for the January offering please email Subject line:  BCHP January 2022 Waitlist - Your Name


Fall Session    FULL 

Course Fee: $962.00     

Start date: September 13th, 2021     End date: December 4th or 6th, 2021

         Live session dates are tentative and subject to change.

To register, please quote CRN: COQ 31024 or VIC 31026



Option A

Option B

Live Session No. Dates and Time   Dates and Time
  11:30 am - 1:00 pm   6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Sat  Sep 18th 


Mon Sep 20th


Sat Sep 25th


Mon Sep 27th


Sat Oct 23rd


Mon Oct 25th


Sat Nov 20th


Mon Nov 22nd


Sat Nov 27th


Mon Nov 29th

SESSION 6 Final Exam

Sat Dec 4th   Mon Dec 6th

*Note:  All students will participate in Session 6, the Final Exam.
*Note: All students will be contacted via email closer to the start of the course to explain how to get started.

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 student participation, the student will be graded wtih 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: 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),

ISBN: 978-1-284-11116-3, 1284111164, eText ISBN: 978-1-284-17411-3, 9781-284-17411-5

Please Note:

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

  • 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.
  • Discuss key frameworks such as Family-Centered Maternity & Newborn Care Principles and Primary Health Care & Population Health including informed/shared decision making, social determinants of health, health equity, cultural humility & safety, trauma informed care, and importance of community partnership

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