Education

In BC there are a number of programs that provide breastfeeding education. BCBFN recognizes that health care providers have a significant impact on the decisions a woman makes regarding the initiation of breastfeeding; it’s exclusivity and duration. Having the current evidence-based knowledge and skills in order to provide breastfeeding education and support is essential.  Step 2 of the Baby-Friendly Initiative requires that all staff have the knowledge and skills to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, appropriate to their role.

BC Education

Recommended Breastfeeding Courses for Health Care Providers:

Breastfeeding: Making a Difference: Level 1 is an interactive; 20-hour course facilitated face-to-face over three days. This workshop builds essential key skills ensuring knowledge transfer and practical application for hospital and community health professionals.

Courses are organized on request for facilities or organizations. For information about the course in BC please contact Perinatal Services BC. psbc@phsa.ca  For courses in other Provinces please contact Quintessence Foundation. http://www.babyfriendly.ca.

British Columbia Institute of Technology – Perinatal Nursing Program

NSPN 7155: The Breastfeeding Experience Theory, 30 hours, 2 credits, all online; The Breastfeeding Experience explores a number of concepts that are foundational to the practice of perinatal nurses who provide care, and support women and their families through the breastfeeding continuum during the perinatal period and beyond. In this course students will learn the theory related to the development of the clinical skills. This theory only course provides the knowledge required by health care providers to support the mother/infant dyad in a successful breastfeeding experience.  NSPH 7156: The Breastfeeding Experience Clinical, 25 hours, 1 credit.

Douglas College Breastfeeding Courses

Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers

This course includes 39 hours classroom instruction in breastfeeding theory – offered in sites across the province, and 38 hours of perinatal observational experiences documented by journaling. Should IBCLC Certification be your goal in the next five years, this course is accredited for 97 hours of lactation specific education and fulfils the 90-hour requirement to sit the International Lactation Consultant Exam.  This course is accepted as an elective credit at several universities and colleges throughout BC and is also LEAARC approved.  Anticipating the majority of this course will be available on line in 2016 as well as in person class time (18 hours) and observational experiences.

Breastfeeding Basics  (To replace the 18 Hour Breastfeeding Course in 2016)

This 30-hour course is for anyone who would like to help make breastfeeding the cultural norm for infant feeding. The goal of this course is to enhance knowledge and understanding of breastfeeding and breastfeeding issues in society today, and to provide useful skills for effective support of breastfeeding.  Who might take the course: nurses (both hospital and community); doulas; prenatal educators; nutritionists; midwives; physicians; naturopaths; anyone working with breastfeeding families, who would like to have a solid foundation in evidence-based breastfeeding and support practices.  On-line modules will be provided as well as in person class time.

Faculty of Medicine UBC CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Latching On: How Family Physicians Can Support Breastfeeding Patients, free online module, 1.0 Manipro-M1/

Other

Step 2 Education Inc. (based in Montreal) Step 2 Education

An online education program facilitated by international experts in lactation. Breastfeeding Essentials – 20 hour curriculum. Step 2 also offers Breastfeeding Essentials – 4 hour curriculum for Doctors; Breastfeeding Essentials for Ancillary Staff – brief presentation; and Breastfeeding Essentials for Allied Health Staff – 8 hour curriculum.

Please contact us if there are other courses available in BC that should be considered for inclusion on this list