Lactation Consultant Course

Course Coordinator and Main Lecturer: Dr Gina Weissman, DMD, RN, IBCLC, FABM.
120 Theoretical academic hours
80 Clinical academic hours


  • Introduction; Getting to know each other; Course Goals and Tasks
  • Testing our prior knowledge
  • Maternal and Infant Anatomy for Breastfeeding
  • The effects of birth on breastfeeding: Breastfeeding after cesarean birth. Breastfeeding in the delivery room, the magic of skin-to-skin
  • The effects of hospital procedure on breastfeeding
  • Anatomy of the infant's mouth and Physiology of Sucking. How milk is produced: Physiology of Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding Management for success: Techniques and rhythms, Breastfeeding positioning, Infant latch on the breast and preventing nipple pain
  • The baby that won't latch: Reasons and first steps to protect breastfeeding. Lactation Aids: Supplementing breastfeeding in the first days after birth. Silicon Nipples- the why and how of proper use
  • Signs of successful breastfeeding, How to know that the baby is eating enough. Observation and estimating breastfeeding. Delayed Lactogenesis: Diagnosis and treatment
  • Communication Skills: The key to successful breastfeeding counseling
  • Breast Pumps: Correct usage and how to pump efficiently. How to store breast milk. Breastfeeding twins
  • Thrush of the nipple and in the baby's mouth
  • Pathologies while breastfeeding: Mastitis, Plugged Ducts, Abscess, Wounds, Painful and cracked nipples, Reynaud's Syndrome and Vasospasm, Bleb
  • Breastfeeding and Breast Milk for Premies, Milk Banks
  • Breastfeeding and Medications
  • The changing needs of a growing baby, nursing toddlers and weaning
  • Biochemical composition of breast milk, including immunology, and the disadvantages of never breastfeeding. Breastfeeding preparation during pregnancy.
  • Diseases in the nursing infant and mother which affect breastfeeding.
  • Hypoglycemia and the breastfed infant.
  • Going back to work and continued breastfeeding.
  • Nutrition for the breastfeeding mother and galactogogues (herbs to increase milk production).
  • Supplements for breastfeeding mothers (lecithin, vitamin B, etc).
  • Introducing solid foods to the breastfed baby.

Final Projects must be handed in.

Final Exam.

The International code for advertising baby formulas.

Breast surgery and difficulties in breastfeeding.

Exam Review Feedback Forms.

End of Course Party!