Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre
Registration begins at8:30 a.m.daily. Each day’s teaching runs from9 amtill5 pm. There will be a 15- minute break mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and 75 minutes scheduled for lunch. The exact time of the breaks and lunch is somewhat flexible, depending on the flow of the course on that particular day. BFLRC is required to provide the stated number of teaching minutes in order to award continuing education credit; therefore students must attend all scheduled sessions and submit all Clinical exercises to receive full credit. Plan to devote full attention to the course during the scheduled days. Allow sufficient travel time to avoid feeling pressured to arrive or leave on a closely scheduled basis.
Day 1: Overview; principles of lactation management; breast anatomy and milk synthesis; infant physiology, suck, and milk transfer including positioning and latch-on at breast; assessing a breastfeed; skills practice. (Please bring a newborn-size doll for skills practice)
Day 2: Biochemistry of human milk; short and long-term effects of infant diet and feeding; milk collection & storage, donor milk banking; pharmacology and maternal medications; global policies; resources and educational tools.
Day 3: Lifecycle of the mother-baby dyad and breastfeeding relationship; growth patterns; family foods; weaning; sleep issues; politics of breastfeeding including WHO Code; Communication & counseling skills. (Please bring a doll and a tie-on carrier, long scarf or shawl)
Day 4: Breast pathology; clinical skills: ABC protocol, problem assessment; equipment and technology; Maternal health issues during lactation, fertility, multiple births, social and cultural issues, employment; Legal and ethical issues, LC role and scope of practice guidelines. (Please bring a breast model if you have one, and gadgets used in your clinical setting if possible)
Day 5: Special babies and infant illness, Prematurity, jaundice, allergy, supplementation, establishing and restoring breastfeeding, case studies and action plans; Interpretation of research & statistics; course review; implementation in practice settings; submission of clinical exercises; test-taking and study strategies; practice exam, scoring and discussion; course evaluation. (Bring a pencil and a colored pen or marker for the practice exam)
Accreditation and Certification:
Completion of this course and the Clinical Exercises fulfils 45 hours toward the IBLCE exam prerequisite of continuing education related to breastfeeding. Candidates still need to meet other IBLCE requirements prior to taking the IBLCE exam. Taking this course should not be construed to be a guarantee of passing the IBLCE examination. If you are taking the IBLCE examination in the same year as you take this course, notify IBLCE that this course is being used to fulfill one your prerequisites, and submit a copy of the certificate that you will receive at the completion of the course. At the end of this course, the student receives no “certification” document or title other than Continuing Education Credits. Completion of five clinical exercises of approximately 3 hours each (15 hours total) must be accomplished prior to the last day of the course. See the attached list of recommended clinical exercises for more information.