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Breastfeeding Courses

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Breastfeeding Training
Nutrition/ Breastfeeding Conference

 

Sponsored by

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Texas Association of Local WIC Directors (TALWD)

 

Objectives

  • To increase health-care providers' knowledge of the need to promote and support breastfeeding
  • To increase health-care providers' knowledge of breastfeeding management
  • To promote consistency of information given to breastfeeding mothers
  • To encourage the adoption of policies that promote and support breastfeeding
  • To encourage communities to work together to promote and support breastfeeding

These courses are designed to prepare health-care providers to appropriately and adequately support breastfeeding women and their infants. The material is presented at a level to fill the gaps in professional education. DSHS believes that a positive, proactive approach to breastfeeding promotion and support can only be achieved through team effort. Thus, all levels of health-care workers directly affecting breastfeeding women and their infants are encouraged to attend.

 

 

DSHS Trained Breastfeeding Educator Program

 

Information on Becoming a Lactation Consultant

Questions or comments about DSHS breastfeeding training courses should be directed to: 
Linda Zeccola (512) 341-4591 or Linda.Zeccola@dshs.state.tx.us.

General Information on Breastfeeding Trainings

Registration fee$60 each for:

  • Principles of Lactation Management,
  • Lactation Counseling and Problem Solving, or 
  • Peer Counselor Trainer Workshop

Make check payable to TALWD

Mail check to:
TALWD
PO Box 49276
Austin, TX 78765-9276

 

Course space is limited, so register as early as possible. If you do not receive a confirmation letter within one week of sending your registration, please call or e-mail to make sure we have received it. The deadline for registering for a course is two weeks before the course begins.

Babies: Breastfeeding mothers are welcome to bring their nursing babies younger than 6 months to the class. We do ask for babies to be taken from the room if they become fussy or active. The other attendees and the instructors may find it very difficult to concentrate on the topic being presented. You may bring a sitter with you to care for your baby while you focus on the presentation. We understand your desire to provide your baby with the best nutrition, but also need to respect the education environment. A room will be provided if you need to pump during this time. Please bring a small cooler with frozen “blue ice” packs to keep your expressed milk cold. 

Special Needs: If you have special physical or dietary needs, please let us know at least two weeks in advance of the course.

Confirmation Notice: Confirmation notices are sent out weekly, usually on Thursday or Friday, via e-mail. If you have not received a confirmation letter before the course, please call or e-mail to make sure you are registered. A courtesy reminder email is sent 2-3 weeks prior to class and will include the status of your payment. 

Registration Fee: The registration fee is due prior to the start of class. Attendees who are not employed by a Texas WIC agency will not be admitted into the class without payment. Registration fees should be in the form of a check, money order, or cashier's check and should be received at least three weeks prior to class to allow for receipt and posting. If you fail to show up for your scheduled class, you will still be held responsible for the registration fee. If you are on the waiting list and notified that a space is available and you accept that spot but do not show up, you will still be held responsible for the fee.

Only paid attendees will receive a certificate of attendance or continuing education certificate at the end of class.

Cancellations: Ideally, cancellations should be received at least two weeks prior to the class. Refunds for cancellation will be made up to two weeks prior to class. After that date, no refunds will be made. Individuals registered for the course who do not show up will not be given a refund if they have not cancelled in advance.


Available Courses

Breastfeeding Training Schedule

Principles of Lactation Management

This course was designed to meet the training requirements of Step 2 of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.  The Texas Ten Step Program compared the content to the Baby-Friendly Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria to assure that it includes all topics outlined in Appendix A.

May 12-13, 2014 Houston UT Health Science Center WIC Program
2636 South Loop West, #625
Houston, TX 77054
July 10-11, 2014 Corpus Christi Driscoll Children’s Hospital
1st Floor Auditorium
3533 S. Alameda St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
September 11-12, 2014 San Antonio Children’s Hospital of San Antonio
Goldsbury Building
5th Floor Auditorium
333 N. Santa Rosa
San Antonio, TX 78207
November 6-7, 2014 Lubbock Knipling Education Conference Center
located in Covenant Medical Center West Parking Garage
6th Floor, Rooms D&E
3615 19th St.
(Corner of 21st Street and Louisville Ave.)
Lubbock, TX 79410

 

 

Lactation Counseling and Problem Solving

Participants must either hold an IBCLC credential or have attended Principles of Lactation Management no more than three years before the scheduled class date to attend this course.

June 25-26, 2014 Houston West End Multi-Service Center
170 Heights Boulevard
Houston, TX 77007 
July 16-17, 2014 Houston West End Multi-Service Center
170 Heights Boulevard
Houston, TX 77007 
August 13-14, 2014 Corpus Christi Driscoll Children’s Hospital
1st Floor Auditorium
3533 S. Alameda St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
October 8-9, 2014 San Antonio Children’s Hospital of San Antonio
Goldsbury Building
5th Floor Auditorium
333 N. Santa Rosa
San Antonio, TX 78207
October 29-30, 2014 San Antonio Children’s Hospital of San Antonio
Goldsbury Building
5th Floor Auditorium
333 N. Santa Rosa
San Antonio, TX 78207
December 9-10, 2014 Lubbock Covenant Women’s & Children’s Hospital
Arnett Room, 6th Floor
4000 24th St.
(Corner of 24th & Nashville)
Lubbock, TX 79410

 

 

Peer Counselor Trainer Workshop

This class is for Texas WIC staff only and is intended for individuals who will be implementing or managing a Peer Counselor Program. Attendees will need to bring a laptop with Windows 2007 or higher and PowerPoint. A training is available upon request for hospitals interested in starting their own Peer Counselor Programs. Please contact Kristina Arrieta for more information.

July 17-18, 2014 Austin

DSHS WIC Program
4616 W. Howard Ln.
Bldg. 8, Suite 840
Austin, Texas 78728  

Breastfeeding Management & Breastfeeding the Compromised Infant

Questions?

Questions about Peer Counseling or the Peer Counselor Trainer Workshop: Kristina Arrieta 512-341-4593

Questions or comments about registration, Continuing Education Credits, or classes for physicians: Missy Hammer, 512-341-4457

 

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Last updated April 16, 2014