Breastfeeding Training

New- Training Online!

The WIC Partner Training Site offers the opportunity to attend free, online training that can be completed on your own time and at your own pace. Two trainings recommended, Texas Ten Step- Your Partner, Right from the Start and Preparing Your Application offer program information and support for submitting your application.

CE Offered Training:

  • *Breastfeeding Management(BFM)- Self-paced training consists of 5 parts. 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.
  • *Breastfeeding the Compromised Infant(BFCI)- Self-paced training consists of 5 parts. 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.
  • *Skin-To-Skin: Transitioning the newborn and supporting the premature infant.  This activity provides .82 L-CERPS awarded by IBLCE.
  • *Anatomy of Breastfeeding- This activity provides 1.0 L-CERPS awarded by IBLCE.

Other Trainings Available:

  • Nipple Shields
  • Baby Behavior
  • Donor Milk Banking- Improving Texas Lives
  • WIC, Medicaid and Chip Breastpump Update
  • Early Childhood Intervention 101
  • Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

Live Training:

*Principles of Lactation Management (POLM- 2 day) Participants will be able to counsel families about the benefits of breastfeeding, assist mothers in managing common breastfeeding problems, make appropriate referrals, teach breastfeeding classes, prepare breastfeeding materials, and support breastfeeding through breastfeeding-friendly policies and procedures.

*Lactation Counseling and Problem Solving (LCAPS- 1 day) This newly revised course is designed for health professionals who counsel breastfeeding mothers and would like to improve problem-solving skills. The class emphasizes critical thinking skills and reinforces concepts learned in the Principles of Lactation Management (POLM) course.

This is an intermediate level course and is activity oriented. Small groups will work through case studies and rotate through skills activities. Be prepared to join the discussions and share your ideas with others in your group. While anyone may attend, this class is most suitable for WIC Breastfeeding Coordinators, labor and delivery nurses, postpartum nurses, home visiting nurses and those striving to sit for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) exam.

*These trainings can be used to assist your facility to complete the didactic requirement for Step 2 of the Texas Ten Step application.

Additionally, 5 hours of supervised skill based competencies are required. This training must be completed in your facility. Topics should include:

  • Communicating with pregnant and postpartum women about infant feeding
  • Observing and assisting with breastfeeding
  • Teaching hand expression and safe storage of milk
  • Teaching safe formula preparation and feeding

For factilites interested in meeting the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative step 2 requirements, content information on all required topics can be found at: BFUSA- Appendix A, 2016

The following one-day breastfeeding training can be scheduled on-site. Class availability is dependent on physician trainer schedule.

Breastfeeding Education for Physicians:

Each course is 1.5 hours long and may be used to fulfill training requirements for Baby-Friendly designation. These courses provide an overview of evidence-based maternity care practices that are known to improve breastfeeding duration and exclusivity. They also address common breastfeeding challenges and recommended management protocols. A minimum of 20 physicians in attendance is required to schedule training.

  • Supporting Breastfeeding When Challenges Occur
  • The Ten Steps: Evidence-based Care to Support the Mother-Baby Dyad, Steps 1-4
  • The Ten Steps: Evidence-based Care to Support the Mother-Baby Dyad, Steps 5-10

For more information or questions on training, contact:

Missy.Hammer@hhsc.state.tx.us or visit HERE.

Additional Step 2 training resources may be found HERE.