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Breastfeeding Courses Available by Request


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 for the calendar year in the metropolitan areas of the state. If your specific city is not listed or is more than an hour from one of the cities listed, you may request training for the current calendar year at any time. Only the areas listed will adhere to the scheduled months. Actual class months may vary slightly depending upon instructor and site availability.

Any facility can, at any time, submit an application to host as long as the minimum requirements are met. Hosting sites for the cities/metropolitan areas listed will be chosen after the application deadline of September 30 for the following calendar year. Selected facilities will be notified by November 1 and will be contacted by DSHS staff to arrange training days and courses. Two consecutive days of training will be offered. Designated host sites, course schedules and hosting site contacts will be listed on the breastfeeding training website for advertising and registering purposes.

* 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.

breastfeeding course frequency

Metro area of state

Designated training months

Minimum attendance


Jun, Dec



Feb, May, Oct



Jan, Apr, July, Dec


Corpus Christi

Feb, Aug


Dallas/Fort Worth

Odd numbered months


El Paso

Jan, July



Even numbered months



March, Sept



Jan, July


San Antonio

March, July, Nov



May, Nov


All other areas

Any month



Requirements to Host

The following are the minimum requirements for hosting  Breastfeeding Management and Breastfeeding the Compromised Infant courses at your facility.

  • Quarterly and bi-annual sites must offer two consecutive days of courses
    • Breastfeeding Management on the first day and Breastfeeding the Compromised Infant on the second day
    • Requests for 2 consecutive days of Breastfeeding Management may be considered
  • Hosting agencies must:
    • Offer the course free of charge
    • Advertise the training opportunity to all area hospitals, birthing facilities, WIC agencies, and health-care providers and provide contact information for registration.
    • Keep a list of registrants and email it to the assigned DSHS instructor 10 days prior to the date of the training
    • Communicate information to registrants regarding exact location of training (entrance, room name/number) and parking information
  • Minimum attendance and cancellations
    • All trainings must meet minimum attendance as outlined above.
    • Courses will be cancelled 10 days prior to the date of the course in the following situations:
      • Hosting facility has not met minimum attendance requirement.
      • Hosting facility fails to send a list of registrants to  the assigned DSHS instructor one week prior to the date of the course.
  • Facility requirements
    • Seating requirements
      • Quarterly and bi-annual training sites - ability to seat a minimum of 50
      • As requested training sites - ability to seat a minimum of 25
  • Training room must be set up classroom style (with writing surface) and should have no obstacles preventing the participants from viewing the presentation or instructor
  • Must have adequate number of ladies’ restrooms/stalls located close to training room
  • Must have private non-bathroom space with an electrical outlet that is free from intrusion for nursing mothers to express breastmilk

Optional recommendations:

  • Drinks and other refreshments are optional and cannot be purchased with WIC funding. A fee to cover cost of food is not allowed. Pitchers of water or access to a water fountain for attendees are recommended. Food or snacks may not be sponsored by a for-profit company due to a potential conflict of interest.
  • Please allow “babies in arms” to attend with moms, if possible

Request to Host a Training

If your facility meets the requirements and would like to request to host two days of DSHS training, please complete the Application to Host Breastfeeding Management and Breastfeeding the Compromised Infant Courses (115 kb, PDF) fill out, 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.


Kristina Arrieta, MPH, IBCLC
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

(Registration fee varies)

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

  • Advantages of Breastfeeding
  • Composition of Human Milk
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Breastfeeding
  • Skin to Skin Contact
  • Latch-on and Positioning
  • Common Problems Impacting Breastfeeding
  • Maternal Nutrition During Lactation
  • Maintaining Milk Production While Separated from Infant
  • Medications and  Lactation
  • Texas Ten Step / Mother Friendly Worksite

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 Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 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

(Registration fee varies)

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

  • Breastfeeding the Compromised Infant
  • Skin to Skin Contact
  • Breastfeeding Equipment to Assist with Feeding Difficulties
  • Supporting the Mother of the Compromised 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 4.0 Level 1 and 2 Continuing Professional Education Units by the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 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 June 30, 2015