The goal of the INFACT Canada 20-Hour Breastfeeding Course is to facilitate the need to provide those working with mothers the information required to adequately support breastfeeding. The course fosters a comprehensive understanding of optimal infant feeding practices as based on best-practices principles, and also stresses the need to protect breastfeeding through the implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, and other key initiatives such as the WHO recommendations for exclusive breastfeeding for six months. (More information is found in the Course Content section).
Objectives of the Course
The course is meant for any person wishing to understand the practice of and issues surrounding breastfeeding more fully. INFACT Canada’s objectives are closely linked with those of the WHO/UNICEF. The goal of the course is to ensure that participants finish their training with a deeper understanding of the benefits of breastfeeding, optimal management practices, the dangers of formula feeding, the negligent marketing practices of artificial foods, and the subsequent impact on infant, young child, and maternal health. INFACT Canada is also supportive of UNICEF’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and the need for all those employed in hospitals to understand the practice of breastfeeding and to be supportive of a mother’s wish to breastfeed, and her right to unbiased information and support.
The course covers much ground in the three days, providing relevant and useful information including:
- Importance and necessity of breastfeeding.
- Nutritional and immunological properties of human milk.
- Evidence-based breastfeeding practices: positioning and latch-on, physiology of sucking, lactation and breast anatomy, initiating breastfeeding during the first hour, sustaining breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond, complementary feeding and weaning.
- Breastfeeding issues: maternal medication use, maternal illness, preventing and solving nipple pain, restoring milk supply, alternate feeding devices, and breastfeeding and employment.
- Appropriate breastfeeding education: core messages during pregnancy, mother-support, breastfeeding counseling.
- Global initiatives such as the International Code, breastfeeding and child survival, breastfeeding policies and the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.
- An opportunity to practice counseling skills with breastfeeding mothers.
Reactions to Previous Courses
- They praised the “relaxed and easy manner of the teachers” that “had a wealth of knowledge and up to date information.”
- All of the students held the same sentiments about the course, feeling that “the info was well presented and with knowledgeable presenters, the workshop became more interesting as time went on.”
- Attendees were “glad [they] attended the course. The information [they] gained was excellent both professionally and personally.”
- The information and the presenters were thought to be “very well presented, well organized, and a pleasure to listen to”
- The students felt that Linda was an “extremely knowledgeable teacher” who “offered a variety of learning experiences.”
- The resource material which is provided with the course was thought to be “very useful” for later use.
On the Road
INFACT Canada will also make the three-day training course available in your community or health facility upon request. Please contact us to make arrangements.
Participants are awarded an INFACT Canada/IBFAN North America certificate presented in a ceremony at the end of the course. Additionally, course attendees who are Lactation Consultants or that plan on writing the exam will earn 20 L-CERPs for their participation in the course.
Attendees receive a binder with the facilitator’s presentations, course notes, and handouts. In addition, they also receive the publications: Protecting, Promoting, and Supporting Breastfeeding: The Special Role of Maternity Services, Protecting Infant Health: A Health Worker’s Guide to the Code, and Risks of Formula Feeding. Also the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding.
In the event that INFACT Canada hosts the course, the cost of the course is covered by a tuition paid by each participant ($395 + HST). In the event that a health facility or community hosts the course, there are two ways of covering the cost of the course: either by charging a tuition to each participant or by putting together a budget of all expenses covered by INFACT Canada and subsequently INFACT Canada will invoice the health facility or community for the budget amount.