Breastfeeding Training Course

The online Breastfeeding Training Course covers 6 topics ranging from Current Trends in Infant Feeding to Prenatal Nutrition and Breastfeeding Education to the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. These courses are stand-alone resources offering comprehensive information on breastfeeding and provide a crucial foundation in meeting your institution’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative’s training needs.

All coursework is self-paced. The system remembers where you stop in an exercise and returns you to that place when you next log on. Completed exercises can be reviewed as often as desired. Through the evaluation survey, you will be able to provide your feedback on your learning experience.

Course content is appropriate for all healthcare providers. Exercises specifically recommended for physicians have been marked with **.

Purchase grants one learner one year’s access to lessons and quizzes (access expires 365 days from the date of course activation).

Course Price

Please note: The Performance indicators form will be available on the My Account page once you have completed all the sections of this module, including the Post-test and the Baby Friendly Multiple-Choice questions for Knowledge verification.

This form will be accessible only for participants who completed the module after April 24, 2024.

In this course, learners may earn up to 20 credits. Credit designation varies according to the length of the module and credit is earned at the completion of each module.

  • Content covers Current Trends in Infant Feeding; Labor, Delivery, and the Immediate Postpartum Period; Preterm and Late-Preterm Infants; the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, and more
  • Content includes case-based scenarios
  • Mobile-friendly, on-demand format
Additional Details

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM


AAFP Prescribed Credit

Virginia Nurses Association contact hours

CPE dietitian credits

Certificate of Participation

Accessible for 1 Year

Expiration Date: October 2025

Course Outline

Section 1: Current Trends in Infant Feeding (2.5 total credits)

  • Overview: Current Trends in Infant Feeding
  • **National Breastfeeding Goals, Policies and Trends
  • Historical International Breastfeeding Initiatives
  • Cultural and Religious Influences
  • Infant Feeding and Obesity

Section 2: Prenatal Nutrition and Breastfeeding Education (3 total credits)

  • Overview: Prenatal Nutrition & Breastfeeding Education
  • Prenatal Nutrition and Weight Gain Part 1
  • Prenatal Nutrition and Weight Gain Part 2
  • **Healthcare Providers Role and Responsibility in Breastfeeding Promotion
  • Counseling Strategies
  • **Benefits of Breastfeeding and Health Risks Associated with Not Breastfeeding

Section 3: Labor, Delivery and Immediate Postpartum Period (5.75 total credits)

  • Overview: Labor, Delivery and the Immediate Postpartum Period
  • **Breast Anatomy and Physiology
  • **Labor and Delivery
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Infant Stomach
  • **Breastfeeding Initiation and Maintenance
  • Latch and Positioning
  • Special Needs Infants
  • Multiples, Relactation and Adoption
  • **Solving Breastfeeding Problems
  • **Perinatal Depression

Section 4: Preterm and Late Preterm Infants (2.25 total credits)

  • Overview: Preterm and Late Preterm Infants
  • The Preterm Infant Definitions and Problems
  • Breastfeeding the Preterm and Late Term Infant
  • Pumping and Follow-Up

Section 5: The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (5 total credits)

  • Overview: The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
  • Step 1: Written Breastfeeding Policy
  • Step 2: Staff Training
  • **Step 3: Breastfeeding Education for the New Mother
  • **Step 4: Initiate Breastfeeding in the First Hour
  • **Step 5: Maintaining Lactation
  • **Step 6: Exclusive Breastfeeding
  • **Step 7: Rooming-In
  • **Step 8: Breastfeeding on Demand
  • **Step 9: No Artificial Nipples or Pacifiers
  • **Step 10: Breastfeeding Support after Discharge

Section 6: Feeding the Older Infant and Young Child (1.5 total credits)

  • Overview: Feeding the Older Infant and Young Child
  • Developmental Milestones
  • Complementary Foods and Beverages
  • Common Feeding Concerns
The Breastfeeding Friendly Consortium – Breastfeeding Training registration fee is $99 and includes access to all exercises and a choice of certified credit. Users have access to the course for 12 months following registration. An Institutional Package with volume discounts is available for organizations with greater staff training needs.

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