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 Principles of Lactation Management (POLM) and Lactation Counseling and Problem Solving (LCAPS) classes will no longer be offered after June. 

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 (New)
This one-day course addresses the fundamentals of breastfeeding with lecture lasting 30-60 minutes followed by case studies, interactive demonstrations and discussions to reinforce material.

Cost – $35 fee. No pre-requisite to attend. Registration deadline 10 days prior. Class limit is 60. Taught by State WIC Staff.

Program Content:

  • Benefits & Promotion
  • Counseling
  • Latch & Milk Making
  • Baby Behavior
  • Common Concerns

Continuing Education Credit

You must attend the entire course in order to receive continuing education contact hours. No partial credit will be given. Individuals missing any portion of either day, arriving late, or leaving early will not be eligible for contact hours or a certificate of attendance.

Continuing education credit for multiple disciplines will be provided for this event.

Advanced Lactation Management (New)
 

This two-day course addresses 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.

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

Cost – $65 fee. Registration deadline 10 days prior. Class limit is 60. Taught by a joint effort of State WIC Staff, Physicians, and Professors.

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

Program Content

  • Maternal Issues
  • Lactation Equipment
  • Infant Issues
  • NICU Lactation Counseling
  • Nutrition and Breastfeeding
  • Advanced Breastfeeding Counseling

Continuing Education Credit

You must attend the entire course in order to receive continuing education contact hours. No partial credit will be given. Individuals missing any portion of either day, arriving late, or leaving early will not be eligible for contact hours or a certificate of attendance.

Continuing education credit for multiple disciplines will be provided for this event.

Clinical Lactation Practicum (CLP)
 

This two-day course focuses on increasing knowledge of lactation problems and methods of intervention. The CLP provides an opportunity for direct observation, instruction, and hands-on demonstration of breastfeeding support and counseling. Students shadow experience hospital and clinic-based International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC).

The first day will be observation at a local hospital, observing an IBCLC. The second day is at the Lactation Support Center, observing and practicing hands-on assistance with clients.

Cost – Free, Class size is limited to 1-2 students based on location. Deadline to register is 6 weeks prior.


Pre-requisites: For current WIC staff only. Principles of Lactation Management (POLM) OR Lactation Principles and Advanced Lactation Management no more than 5 years prior.

Immunizations records are required to be submitted and vary by location. The Lactation Support Center will send correspondence regarding arrival time, attire, and immunization requirements.

Continuing Education Credit

You must attend the entire course in order to receive continuing education contact hours. No partial credit will be given. Individuals missing any portion of either day, arriving late, or leaving early will not be eligible for contact hours or a certificate of attendance.

7.0 L-CERPs recognised by IBCLE

7.0 Instructional hours in the topics on the IBCLE Exam Blueprint

IBCLC Provider Approval Number CLT113-15

Clinical Lactation Skills for RNs (New)

Cost-$75, Class size is limited to 1-2 students based on location. Deadline to register is 6 weeks prior.

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. When registering, write in "exempt" in the pre-requisite spaces.

RNs not currently working with breastfeeding mothers and infants, please complete the pre-requisite classes listed below prior to registering.

Pre-requisites Option 1: Complete online classes (link above)

  • Breastfeeding Management
  • Breastfeeding the Compromised Infant

Pre-requisites Option 2: Complete in-person classes

  • Principles of Lactation Management or Lactation Principles and
  • Lactation Counseling and Problem Solving or Advanced Lactation Management

Pre-requisites must be completed no more than 5 years prior.

 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

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.  

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Texas Nurses Association-Approver, an accredited approver with distinction, by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission on Accreditation.

7.0 L-CERPs recognised by IBCLE

7.0 Instructional hours in the topics on the IBCLE Exam Blueprint

IBCLC Provider Approval Number CLT113-15

Questions

Please email TALWD.organizer@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 at WIC.CECoordinator@hhsc.state.tx.us.