Breastfeeding for Health Care Professionals

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Oct 31, 2018 08:00 AM to
Nov 01, 2018 05:00 PM


OPG Building, 700 University Ave., 8th floor, Room 8-932 and 8-933

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  • External registrants ($275 fee applies) – click here to register

  • Staff registrants only – sign into the LMS with your ID and password as usual then search for “Breastfeeding”.  Click here for a tip sheet to assist you.


Upcoming Dates & Times

Oct 31 - Nov 1 2018 Time: 0800 - 1700
Jan 30 - 31 2019 Time: 0800 - 1700
Apr 24 - 25 2019 Time: 0800 - 1700


  • To provide an environment for learning and interaction among health care professionals.
  • To provide an evidence-based curriculum using current available breastfeeding research.
  • To provide a learning environment whereby professionals can increase their knowledge and skills in assisting breastfeeding mothers and babies.


This 2-day course covers the essentials of breastfeeding for nursing staff in a maternal-newborn setting. This course is taught by IBCLC RNs who are employed by Mount Sinai Hospital. The course is intended for health-care professionals at all levels of competencies.

This course offers 18hours of in-class education plus clinical experience required for education as MSH moves toward BFI designation. Through in-class discussion, case study assignments, and clinical observation the participants will learn how to provide support to breastfeeding mothers and babies with a variety of common and complex challenges.

Course content includes: Promotion and Socio-political Issues in Breastfeeding, Anatomy, and Physiology of Lactation, Maternal and Newborn Factors, Breastfeeding in the First 48 hours, Early and Late Breastfeeding Challenges, Hyperbilirubinemia and Hypoglycemia in the Newborn, Supplementation, Pumping and more.

Total Continuing Education Credits for this course is 14 hours for class time plus 4 hours for clinical = 18 hours and will consist of observation only. 

*Observers are not to provide direct patient care

*Registered Nurses employed by Mount Sinai Hospital may provide direct patient care

Learning Objectives

After participating in this course, it is expected that the participants will be able to:

  1. List the "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding" and identify how using these steps can assist health-care professionals to support the mother and baby in breastfeeding;
  2. Identify sociocultural and political issues that may influence breastfeeding and be able to develop at least one strategy to strengthen breastfeeding support;
  3. Assess, assist, counsel and teach a mother and baby to correctly position and latch at the breast;
  4. Assess, assist, counsel, and teach a mother and baby who are physically challenged in breastfeeding;
  5. Identify common difficulties experienced by new breastfeeding moms and offer solutions to those problems.



Louise White and Susan Guest

Additional Documents

In order to complete both the in class and clinical component of this course, all registrants must read and sign 1) Confidentiality Agreement and 2) Observership Agreement on the first day of class.   These documents will be provided in class upon arrival.  

As part of our commitment to patient and staff safety, Mount Sinai has moved towards an Influenza Vaccinate or Mask policy.  This policy applies any staff, health professionals with facility privileges, students, contract workers, and volunteers who attend a patient care location.

Please read the FAQ Influenza Vaccinate-or-Mask Policy at Mount Sinai Hospital, as individuals registered in this course are required to follow this policy.




In order to receive a certificate of attendance and grade mark, participants must attend all classes and participate in all three components of the course. Clinical observation must be completed within five weeks of the end of the course.