ES01 Breastfeeding Essentials (20 hour Curriculum)

Breastfeeding Essentials is for primary-care staff who are caring for mothers during pregnancy, birthing and for the duration of Breastfeeding. In this course, the participant will learn how to apply each of the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, or the 7-Point Plan for the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding in community settings. The curriculum is based on the WHO/UNICEF 20-hour course that is required for Baby Friendly Hospitals Initiative (BFHI) accreditation. Therefore Breastfeeding Essentials will meet your need for primary-care staff education for your hospital or community Baby Friendly accreditation.

The course is facilitated by an experienced online tutor. The forum provides a place where topical issues may be raised, case studies discussed, questions posed and answered, links to additional information provided, and students and the facilitator can interact. It is a highly interactive, engaging program which students find very motivating.

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# of Participants Breastfeeding Essentials 
2-9 $100
10-49 $87
50-99 $83
100-199 $78
200-299 $72
300+ $65


Course Creator: Denise Fisher, AM, MMP, BN, IBCLC. On successful completion participants will receive a Certificate with the following educational points noted:

  • 19 L CERPs, 1 E CERP awarded by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.
  • 20 hours pre-exam education (IBLCE)
  • 20 Contact Hours (CHs) awarded by the California Board of Registered Nursing (USA Nurses).
  • This course can be used for 20 CPD points (Australian Nurses and Midwives)



Click here to find Baby Friendly USAs 15 Session Topics in Breastfeeding Essentials

Module Content
Module One:  Why breastfeeding is important Biochemistry; Immunology; Effect of breastmilk substitutes on infants
Module Two: Communication Skills Non-verbal communication; Listening skills; Building confidence
Module Three: Pregnancy Care (includes Steps 1, 2 & 3; Points 1, 2 & 3) Making the infant feeding decision; Contraindications to breastfeeding; Barriers to breastfeeding; Physical preparation
Module Four: The Birth Experience (includes Step 4) The first hours; Effect of labor interventions on breastfeeding; Effect of early postnatal interventions on breastfeeding
Module Five: Breastfeeding the Baby When to breastfeed; Hands-off guidance; Positioning to facilitate latching; Assessing breastfeeding; Breastmilk transfer; Assessing a breastfeed
Module Six: A Time to Learn (includes Step 5, 7, 8 & 10; Points 4, 5 & 7) Principles of adult learning; Practical skills: hand expressing, pumping, storing & using breastmilk; when mothers/infants are separated; Infant cues to breastfeed; Complementary foods & Weaning; Normal growth / weight gain; Rooming-in; Sleeping & waking patterns; Maternal self-confidence; Discharge planning: danger signs, follow-up, contraception, referral to community support
Module Seven: Infant Challenges (includes Steps 6 & 9; Point 5) The late preterm infant; The non–latching infant; Hypoglycaemia; Jaundice; Effect of supplements; The crying baby; Inadequate weight gain; Alternative feeding methods; Safe preparation of breastmilk substitutes; Safe bottle-feeding
Module Eight: Maternal Challenges Prevention, pathophysiology and management of: engorgement; nipple issues: inverted, infections, damage; blocked ducts; mastitis; abscess; breastmilk supply issues. Medical issues: diabetes, obesity, thyroid disease, hepatitis, HIV. Surgical issues: breast surgery. Medication use
Module Nine: Promoting, Protecting and Supporting Breastfeeding The WHO Code on the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes: what is covered, health unit and staff responsibilities. The Baby Friendly Initiative and its effects; Infant and Young Child Feeding; Local initiatives; Infant feeding in emergencies