Breastfeeding Courses Information
Online

Breastfeeding Management and Breastfeeding the Compromised Infant are now offered online to take at your own pace. No pre-requisites and no cost.

We are developing more classes for our learning management system (LMS) for WIC Staff and WIC Partners.

In-Person

The Texas WIC Program collaborates with the Texas Association of Local WIC Directors (TALWD) to provide current, evidence-based lactation to ensure consistent, accurate information across all levels of State health care professionals. Facilities interested in hosting must complete an application and agree to the responsibilities listed. 

Based on feedback from attendees, we have developed new classes with minimal lecture time and more interaction throughout the day. These new classes will be launched in the Summer of 2019. The Principals of Lactation Management and Lactation Counseling and Problem Solving classes will no longer be offered. 

Available courses:

  • Lactation Principles (LP) is a one day course addressing the fundamentals of breastfeeding utilizing various case studies and activities to enhance information presented.
  • Advanced Lactation Management (ALM) is a two-day course addressing advanced breastfeeding concerns. Knowledge gained during lectures will prompt participants to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to case studies and various skill-based activities.

Lactation Principles
Lecture lasting 30-60 minutes followed by case studies, interactive demonstrations and discussions to reinforce material.

Cost – $35 fee, 1 day, held every other month around the state. No pre-requisite to attend. Registration deadline 10 days prior. Class limit is 60. Taught by State WIC Staff.

Advanced Lactation Management
Lecture lasting 30-60 minutes followed by case studies, interactive demonstrations and discussions to reinforce material.

Cost – $65 fee, 2 days, held every other month around the state. Registration deadline 10 days prior. Class limit is 60. Taught by a joint effort of State WIC Staff, Physicians, and Professors.

Pre-requisite: Lactation Principles no more than 3 years prior. Taking Breastfeeding Management and/or Breastfeeding the Compromised Infant classes do NOT substitute for Lactation Principles.

Clinical Lactation Practicum (CLP)
For current WIC staff only

Cost – Free, 2 days, available monthly in Austin-Class Limit 1, Dallas-Class Limit 2, and Houston-Class Limit 2. Deadline to register is 6 weeks prior.
Pre-requisites: Lactation Principles and LCPS no more than 5 years prior. Registration deadline is six weeks prior.

Clinical Lactation Skills for RNs (New)

Cost-$75, 1 day at LSC in Austin-Class Limit 1, Dallas-Class Limit 2, Houston-Class Limit 2.

The Clinical Lactation Skills for RNs course focuses on increasing knowledge of lactation problems, lactation assessment, and methods of intervention. The course provides an opportunity for direct observation, instruction, and hands-on demonstration of breastfeeding support and counseling. Students shadow experienced outpatient-based International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) over the period of one full day in the clinic.
 

Students will need to provide proof of immunizations. The complete immunization documentation must be sent to the Lactation Center assigned by the deadline date provided in the packet received or you will be cancelled from the class.

Attendance preference is given to RNs currently licensed and practicing in a Maternal/Child Health Unit or a designated Baby Friendly Hospital.

RNs not currently working with breastfeeding mothers and infants, and all other health care professionals, please complete the pre-requisite classes listed below prior to contacting the event coordinator for availability and a registration code.

Pre-requisite Option 1: Complete Breastfeeding Management and Breastfeeding the Compromised Infant online found on our WIC Partners website.

Pre-requisite Option 2: Complete Principles of Lactation and Lactation Management classes in-person as scheduled below. These classes are conducted across the state throughout the year. Pre-requisites must be completed no more than 5 years prior to be eligible to attend. Your class will not be scheduled until your credentials and/or your pre-requisite courses are completed and verified.

 Program Content:

  • Physiologic Process of Milk Production
  • Initiating and Sustaining Breastmilk Feeding
  • Recognizing the Components of a Focused Maternal/Infant Breastfeeding History and Assessment
  • Impact of Perinatal Practices on Breastfeeding
  • Strategies to Support Step 10 of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative

This activity has been submitted to the Texas Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Texas Nurses Association-Approver is accredited with distinction as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Continuing Education Credit

You must attend the entire course in order to receive continuing education contact hours. No partial credit will be awarded. Individuals missing any portion of the day by arriving late or leaving early will not be eligible for contact hours or a certificate of attendance. If you have questions about attendance requirements, continuing education credits or class content: Email questions to: WIC.CECoordinator@dshs.texas.gov

 Questions Regarding Registration or Payment

Please email talwdorganizer@gmail.com for general questions regarding registration or payment. Please allow time for a response. For questions regarding eligibility to attend a course, continuing education credits, or class content, please email the CE coordinator above.