Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

AHS 20-Hour Breastfeeding Course, Breastfeeding Initiative

Accessing & Taking the Course

How Can I Access the Course?

Access the course from anywhere you have a computer with internet connectivity through the University of Calgary CME self-learning portal. For the highest quality experience, mobile devices (smartphones, iPads, and tablets) are not recommended.

To register for the course, you will first need to create a free ECME e-Learning profile. Visit ECME Frequently Asked Questions to learn how to register in the Breastfeeding Course modules (scroll down to see the FAQs).

Can I Work at My Own Pace?

Yes, you can work at your own pace. For your convenience, you can:

  • Access modules one at a time
  • Stop, save and return to a module where you left off at anytime
  • Complete the entire course without “timing out”

Can I Access This Course After I Complete It?

Yes. Once you complete a module, you can access it anytime by logging into the University of Calgary CME self-learning portal. Once completed, you can also use the course for quick reference with easy and open navigation within the module.

Course Content

What Makes the Course Content Unique?

This course was developed for the Alberta context.

Therefore, course content was developed with attention to:

  • Multidisciplinary focus for healthcare professionals across diverse practice areas
  • Informed Feeding Decisions
  • Gender and cultural diversity
  • Breastfeeding support across the continuum of care from pregnancy to early childhood, including families with preterm and sick infants

What Process Was Used to Develop Course Content?

The AHS Early Years Health Promotion team worked with multi-disciplinary subject matter experts across the maternal-child continuum of care to develop course content, including representation from across all zones in Alberta and diverse practice settings.

Course development included a commitment to:

  • An evidence-informed approach
  • A patient and family centred care approach to supporting breastfeeding families
  • Adult learning and instructional design principles

Professional Development & Continuing Competence

Who Should Take This Course?

This course was developed for healthcare professionals who support breastfeeding families across the continuum of care.

Can I Use This Education Toward My Continuing Competence Program Requirements?

Yes. After you finish each module, you will be able to download a certificate of completion for professional development and Continuing Competence Program (CPP) purposes.

If you are an AHS employee, you may also record completion of this course in AHS MyLearningLink. Log into MyLearningLink using your AHS user name and password. Click on My Information and Grades and record your completion of this module under External Learning Events.

Can the Modules in This Course Be Used To Prepare for the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Certification Exam & IBCLC Recertification?

Yes, the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLCE) recognizes breastfeeding specific education that has received continuing education credit by another board or organization, such as the University of Calgary CME. One recognized breastfeeding Continuing Education Recognition Point (CERP) is equal to 60 minutes of education. Please review the IBCLCE’s CERP requirements for certification and recertification here:

Is This Course Mandatory?

Breastfeeding education requirements for orientation and continuing education vary across practice areas and AHS departments and units. Connect with your educator or manager as applicable.