It was actually a conversation overheard not too long ago that gave rise to the meaning of this narrative. Perhaps the theme presented will make you think about a piece of day-to-day work: that of a place where people who work there are implementing programs such as BFHI/BFI.
The topic discussed in the mentioned conversation: Education or the transmission of knowledge. And the ear hears “the Socratic method” even dialectic. The words expressed: the expert in the field being taught and the expert in teaching, seemed to waltz. From one perspective to the other.
This conversation reminded me of the laughter amongst the participants during a workshop on knowledge transfer and clinical skills building. Namely, a train the trainer event. In other words, an activity dedicated to learning how to teach a known and practiced technique. Let’s take the expression of human milk as an example. And it’s offering, say, to the cup. As this theme could give a harmonious continuation to last week’s blog post alluding to the subject.
Hence, let’s use, to explore, a teaching-learning activity where participants demonstrate teaching skills and competencies of practice. The aim is to foster a sense of confidence or empowerment in the mother/lactating parent. This seems to be a valued mode of apprenticeship in settings where individuals are implementing programs such as BFHI/BFI. This certainly provides an opportunity to put in place coaching modalities to fine-tune training through the use of guidance documents.
The activities related to education and training lead, without a doubt, to support those whose role is to support and accompany parents in developing autonomy with the practice of manual expression of human milk as well as with the offering of milk to the infant: commonly referred to as “the best of teachers”, among others.
The conversations that are perceived are sometimes used as food for thought; as is the way in which teaching is done.
May conversation define your journey.
Manon Campagna, IBCLC
 World Health Organization. (2020). Competency verification toolkit: ensuring competency of direct care providers to implement the baby-friendly hospital initiative.
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