20-Hour Breastfeeding Course

Breastfeeding Initiative

Alberta’s go-to breastfeeding course for healthcare professionals.

Promoting a Positive Breastfeeding Experience will be 20 hours of free, CME-accredited, self-paced online learning, designed to enhance your knowledge and confidence in supporting families to achieve their breastfeeding goals.

Course Syllabus

Modules available for registration:

Module 1 - Positive Breastfeeding Support (1.5 hours)
This module will enhance your interpersonal skills as you help families navigate through their breastfeeding journey and meet their feeding goals. You will explore parent perspectives on breastfeeding support and how to apply different patient and family centred care approaches in your everyday practice.

Module 2 - Informed Feeding Decisions (1.5 hours)
Curious about how you can best support families with their infant and child feeding decisions? This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to facilitate Informed Feeding Decisions across the continuum of care.

Module 3 - Including Partners & Supporters (1 hour)
This module will provide you with the interpersonal knowledge and skills you need to encourage partner and close supporter involvement in the breastfeeding team. You will explore family perspectives on breastfeeding support and gain strategies to help your practice and workplace become more partner- and supporter-friendly.

Module 4 - Introduction to Breastmilk & Breastfeeding (2 hours)
Are you new to breastfeeding support or need a refresher on breastfeeding anatomy, physiology, nutrition, health benefits, and safety? This module will provide you with foundational knowledge on these topics from evidence-based, patient and family centred care, and Informed Feeding Decisions perspectives.

Module 5 - Breastfeeding Support Skills & Assessment (2 hours)
This module will help you to learn more about supporting the breastfeeding dyad relationship, cue-based feeding, and effective latching. You will also be introduced to the components of a breastfeeding assessment and will have the opportunity to practice your assessment skills through scenario-based learning.  

Module 6 - Variations & Challenges for the Breastfeeding Parent (3 hours)
The decision to breastfeed can be a wonderful experience, but parents can also encounter challenges as they work towards their feeding goals. In this module, you will learn about the variations and challenges that some parents experience as they breastfeed and identify how to provide tailored support that is both patient-centred and evidence-based.

Additional modules are in development and will be released as they are completed.

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20-Hour Breastfeeding Course:

The following breastfeeding education module is also available to AHS staff:

  • Breastfeeding Challenges and Supplementation

Access via Insite or the external staff portal. These modules will be replaced by the 20-Hour Breastfeeding Course.

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