AHS 20-Hour Breastfeeding Course

Course Overview

Alberta’s go-to online 20-hour breastfeeding course for healthcare professionals. This free CME-accredited course provides flexible, accredited learning to enhance your breastfeeding knowledge and support skills. The self-paced online modules have been developed for all health care providers working with expectant and breastfeeding families across the continuum of care.

Promoting a Positive Breastfeeding Experience

Acknowledgement

 This course was co-developed with AHS Early Years Health Promotion team and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.

Contact

Alberta Health Services
Online

Registration

FREE Self-registration

Create an ECME e-Learning Profile or login to an existing profile at https://ecme.ucalgary.ca.

Once logged in, go to 'e-Learning Courses' from the main menu. Find the module you want to register for in the 'e-Learning Courses' listing. After submitting your registration, you will be immediately redirected to the course. Please read the program information before you start the modules. 

You must register separately into each module.

Modules

  1. Learning Objectives

    After completing this module, you will be equipped to:

    • Recognize the importance and impact of positive breastfeeding support
    • Reflect on breastfeeding parent perspectives of breastfeeding support
    • Reflect on approaches to practice that are critical to promoting a positive breastfeeding experience
    • Apply the LEARN model to promote a positive breastfeeding experience
  2. Credits

    • Mainpro+ Self-Learning – 1.5 credits
    • MOC Section 3 SAP - 1.5 hours
  1. Learning Objectives

    After completing this module, you will be equipped to:

    • Define an IFD approach
    • Identify when an IFD approach can be used
    • Identify and define the principles of an IFD
    • Recognize how the principles of an IFD can contribute to positive outcomes for families
    • Apply principles and actions to support IFDs
  2. Credits

    • Mainpro+ Self-Learning – 1.5 credits
    • MOC Section 3 SAP – 1.5 hours
  1. Learning Objectives

    After completing this module, you will be equipped to:

    • Recognize the influence and perspectives of partners and supporters on breastfeeding
    • Recognize the different ways partners and supporters can be responsive to the breastfeeding parent’s needs
    • Apply strategies that facilitate partner and supporter involvement in breastfeeding
    • Apply the LEARN model to facilitate partner and supporter involvement in breastfeeding
  2. Credits

    • Mainpro+ Self-Learning – 1 credit
    • MOC Section 3 SAP – 1 hour
  1. Learning Objectives

    After completing this module, you will be equipped to:

    • The anatomy and functions of the lactating breast
    • The physiology of lactation and how breastmilk is produced
    • The anatomy and functions of infant oral structures
    • The components and stages of breastmilk
    • What micronutrient supplementation is needed for healthy term infants
    • The nutritional needs of the breastfeeding parent
    • The strengths and weaknesses of breastfeeding evidence
    • The health benefits of breastfeeding for women and infants/children
    • Considerations for safe breastfeeding
    • Resources that support informed feeding decisions for safe breastfeeding
    • When breastfeeding may be contraindicated and appropriate follow-up care
  2. Credits

    • Mainpro+ Self-Learning – 2 credits
    • MOC Section 3 SAP – 2 hours

Upcoming Modules

  • Module 5 – Breastfeeding Support Skills & Assessment (coming in 2023)
  • Module 6 – Variations & Challenges for the Breastfeeding Parent (coming in 2023)
  • Module 7 – Variations & Challenges for the Breastfeeding Infant
  • Module 8 – Breastmilk Expression & Supplementation
  • Module 9 – Practices that Support Breastfeeding
  • Module 10 – Breastfeeding Transitions
  • Module 11 – Breastfeeding Support for Preterm & Sick Infants