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Lactation SupportNEW

Certificate of Accomplishment | CE0012

This certificate is designed for RNs or RPNs and those in related health disciplines employed in and/or seeking to advance their practice to support lactating persons, their infants and families. Content spans pregnancy through postpartum and the first year and beyond of infant life related to human milk feeding.

This certificate is based on the World Health Organization Code & Baby Friendly Initiative and the Detailed Content Outline (effective April 2023) of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE®) in preparation of International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®). Other significant foundations include the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses (CAPWHN), Perinatal nursing standards in Canada, and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) competencies for perinatal and neonatal nurses.

Please note that the courses in this certificate need to be taken in a specific order. Check that you have obtained the necessary prerequisites prior to registering for a course. Learners without the necessary prerequisites will be removed from courses and charged the administrative fee.

Nurses with 400 hours worked in the postpartum unit of a maternal Level 2 or 3 hospital or within a breast/chest feeding clinic may PLAR the clinical placement course.

Certificate Pathway New Curriculum

*Please note that OBST 608 is equivalent to OBST 508.

OBST 610 - 613 may be taken in any order before OBST 618.

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Course Name 2022/2023 Academic Year 2023/2024 Academic Year 2024/2025 Academic Year
Lactation Support Certificate Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb
OBST 608: Human Milk Feeding Basics
OBST 610: Supporting Lactating Persons
OBST 611: Lactation Support: Infant
OBST 612: Advanced Techniques and Clinical Skills to Support Lactation
OBST 613: Communication for Empowerment
OBST 618: Lactation Support – Clinical

Lactation Support Certificate

OBST 608 Human Milk Feeding Basics
  Start Date: January 2023  

Learners critically examine their knowledge base, attitudes, and biases regarding infant feeding and learn about the significance of the WHO Code & Baby Friendly Initiative. Students also learn how to assess and manage common concerns with human milk feeding in the initial postpartum period. Emphasis will be placed on effective communication skills and the impact of social support for the infant and family, and on promoting self-efficacy in infant feeding. This course is based upon the Canadian Nurses’ Association competencies, the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses (CAPWHN), Public Health Agency of Canada, and the clinical competencies of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

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OBST 610 Supporting Lactating Persons
 

Students explore the need for additional lactation support for lactating persons having varied medical or physical findings from pregnancy and into the second year of infant life. Through group discussions, assignments and diverse activities, students demonstrate knowledge of assessments and findings, and interventions required for lactating persons. Students apply current research integration while exploring the impact of interventions on the families along with the requirements of the health-care team.

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OBST 611 Lactation Support: Infant
 
Students explore the need for additional lactation support for infants having varied medical or physical findings from birth into the second year of life. Through group discussions, assignments and diverse activities, students demonstrate knowledge of assessments, findings and interventions required of these infants. Students apply current research integration while exploring the impact on the families and the requirements of the health-care team. 

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OBST 612 Advanced Techniques and Clinical Skills to Support Lactation
 

Learners critically examine, in greater depth, the contributors to positive health in the infant and childbearing family related to human milk feeding. Learners explore specialized techniques and skills to support the lactating person, the infant and the family. Timelines focus from birth through the second year of infant life. Students identify potential ethical situations that may be encountered related to the need for specialized techniques and skills. Students will be taught to demonstrate the ability to locate and apply relevant research.

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OBST 613 Communication for Empowerment
  Start Date: October 2022, January 2023  

Learners examine the significance of self-efficacy within a strategic population in health care. They identify methods which enhance communication and foster confidence in parents related to human milk feeding. By incorporating targeted communication skills, learners demonstrate promotion of self-efficacy with the goal of empowering others.

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OBST 618 Lactation Support – Clinical
  Start Date: January 2023  

RNs and RPNs, under the supervision of a certified lactation consultant, learn to demonstrate basic skills of communication, assessment and support of new parents and infants related to human milk feeding. Additionally, learners demonstrate knowledge and skills which align with the World Health Organization and Baby Friendly Initiative, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses (CAPWHN), Perinatal nursing standards in Canada, and related competencies for perinatal and neonatal nurses from the Canadian Nurses Association.

Nurses with 400 hours worked in the postpartum unit of a maternal Level 2 or 3 hospital or within a breast/chest feeding clinic may PLAR the clinical placement course.

Start your clinical placement application process by completing this Clinical Placement Request Form. You will also need to upload a complete HSPnet consent form found here: Form

Here is the link for Health Clearance requirements Health Clearance which may take three months for you to complete. Once your Health Clearance is completed you may register for the clinical course.

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416.675.6622 ext. 4554
cplhealthsciences@humber.ca


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