Lactation Consultant Course

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

This comprehensive course meets the IBCLE requirement for 90 hours of lactation specific training.

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Topics included in the syllabus

  • Introduction; Getting to know each other; Course Goals and Tasks
  • Testing our prior knowledge
  • Maternal Anatomy for Breastfeeding
  • Physiology of Breastfeeding: How milk is made
  • Anatomy of the infant's mouth and Physiology of Sucking
  • The magic of skin-to-skin
  • The effect of birthing practices and Hospital routines on breastfeeding
  • Biochemical composition of breastmilk, including immunology, and the disadvantages of not breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding Management A: Positioning, Latch On: Different approaches from Cloe Fisher to Susan Colson and LaidBack Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding Management B: Breastfeeding rhythms
  • Preventing nipple pain
  • The Non-Latching Baby: What are the reasons? And what to do: The first steps for protecting Breastfeeding when this happens
  • Lactation Aids: Supplementing breastfeeding in the first days after birth
  • Silicon Nipples- the why and how of proper use
  • Breastfeeding Assessment: Signs of successful breastfeeding in the early days.
  • Communication skills workshop: The key to successful breastfeeding counseling (5 hours)
  • Breast Pumps: Indications of use; Correct usage and how to pump efficiently. Including breastmilk storage
  • Breastfeeding Multiples
  • Breast and Nipple Pathologies A: Engorgement + Edema
  • Breast and Nipple Pathologies B: Wounded and painful nipples; Plugged ducts, Mastitis, Abscess
  • Breast and Nipple Pathologies C: Thrush, Bleb, Vasospasm and Reynaud's Syndrome
  • Jaundice in the Breastfed newborn
  • Breastfeeding and Breast Milk for the Preterm Infant. Including Milk Banking
  • Breastfeeding and Medications
  • Growth patterns and charts of the Breastfed baby
  • How to increase milk production? Breastfeeding management and galactogogues
  • Milk suppression
  • Nutrition for the breastfeeding mother
  • The changing needs of the growing breastfeeding baby: Dealing with challenges from 3 months and beyond including Breastfeeding toddlers; introducing solids to the breastfed baby and Weaning
  • Going back to work while breastfeeding
  • Prenatal breastfeeding preparation
  • Problems and illnesses in mother or baby related to breastfeeding
  • Hypoglycemia in the Breastfed infant
  • Understanding breast cancer
  • The International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes
  • Breastfeeding after cosmetic breast surgery

Student evaluation includes

  • Mid-course exam
  • Final project
  • Final exam

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