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Breastfeeding Courses Available by Request

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Breastfeeding courses available by request:

General Information

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is committed to assisting with your facility’s staff breastfeeding education requirements. In order to meet training demands and increase access to health-care providers, classes are scheduled regionally through an application process for the calendar year in the metropolitan areas of the state. 

* Requests for classes in smaller areas outside of a large metropolitan area will be scheduled at the discretion of DSHS management and may occur annually or bi-annually. The Physician’s Breastfeeding Courses will still be available by request and are not subject to the application process.

Request to Host a Training

If your facility meets the requirements listed in How to host one of these classes (128 kb, PDF) and would like to request to host two days of DSHS training, please complete the fill out Request to host one of these classes (146 kb, PDF), and then e-mail to Linda Zeccola or fax to 512-341-4473.

If you have questions about the classes or application process, please contact Linda Zeccola, 512-341-4591.

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Continuing Education Credit

You must attend the class in its entirety in order to receive continuing education contact hours. No partial credit will be given. Individuals missing sessions or leaving early will not be eligible for contact hours or a certificate of attendance.

Instructors:

Katie Coyne, MS, IBCLC 
Marguerite Kelly, IBCLC
Linda Zeccola, BSN, RN, IBCLC

Class Schedule

There is no fee to attend Breastfeeding Management or Breastfeeding the Compromised Infant classes; however, there may be a fee associated with parking. Contact the host for a flyer, special parking information, and to register.

Breastfeeding Management

Target Audience: Appropriate for all educational levels to attend. No prerequisite required.

Course Description: This breastfeeding management course will provide essential “why-to” and “how-to” breastfeeding information.  Course participants will be able to describe the unique properties in breastmilk, understand the primary mechanisms of milk production, and will learn how to provide mothers and babies with the necessary management and support for better breastfeeding outcomes.

Agenda: 7.5 hour class

  • WIC Promotion of Breastfeeding
  • Importance of Breastfeeding to Mothers and Infants
  • Properties of Human Milk
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Breastfeeding
  • Skin to Skin Contact
  • Latch-on and Positioning
  • Feeding Patterns
  • Challenges Impacting Breastfeeding
  • Maternal Nutrition During Lactation
  • Medications and  Lactation
  • Maintaining Milk Production While Separated from Infant

Continuing Education Contact Hours:

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is approved for 6.0 Level 1 Continuing Professional Education Units by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Learning Codes: 2000, 4000, 6000.

6.0 L-CERPs allocated by IBLCE. 6.0 instructional hours in topics on the IBLCE Exam Blueprint. IBLCE Provider Approval Number CLT113-15.

 

Breastfeeding the Compromised Infant

Target Audience: This class is most appropriate for NICU nurses or health-care professionals in charge of the care of premature or compromised infants, birth to hospital discharge. Previous attendance of Breastfeeding Management is strongly recommended but not required.

Course Description: This course presents current scientific data to enable health-care providers to assist mothers of compromised infants to establish their milk supply, to transition to breastfeeding and to support mother’s effort to achieve their personal breastfeeding goals. Human milk contains life-saving nutrition and immune factors that premature and compromised babies need to grow strong and healthy. Babies who receive human milk in the NICU get a healthier start in life, get discharged from the hospital sooner and have the best long-term health outcomes.  

Agenda: 5 hour class

  • Benefits of Human Milk for the Preterm Infant
  • Establishing Mother’s Milk Supply for the Compromised Infant
  • Skin to Skin Contact
  • Transitioning to Direct Breastfeeding
  • Preparing to Go Home with the Preterm Infant
  • Full-term Infants in the Special Care Nursery
  • Human Milk Banking

Continuing Education Contact Hours:

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is approved for 4.0 Level 1 and 2 Continuing Professional Education Units by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Learning Codes: 2020, 2070, 4140, 4180.  

4.0 L-CERPs allocated by IBLCE. 4.0 instructional hours in topics on the IBLCE Exam Blueprint. IBLCE Provider Approval Number CLT113-15.

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Last updated December 07, 2015