Designed for hospital and community health care professionals or those who will support breastfeeding mothers, this series of courses will help you gain up-to-date knowledge and skills in breastfeeding support and awareness of current issues in lactation.
With an emphasis on physiology, critical appraisal, evidence based practice, research and management of breastfeeding dyad and family, you will learn how to overcome common challenges and utilize best practices in breastfeeding.
Approved by the international Lactation Education, Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC), this series of courses meets International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) curriculum standards required for eligibility to write the IBLC examination. A Letter of Recognition outlining courses, course hours, and LEAARC approval is available to students who successfully complete the program.
You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS PROGRAM:
Q: Can I take these courses all at the same time?
- No, unfortunately each course is a prerequisite to the next.
Q: Do I have to attend the clinical experience?
- No, the clinical is now optional for students.
Q: How do I obtain the letter of recognition?
- Once you have completed all three of the online courses, cehealth [at] mohawkcollege.ca (email us) to let us know you have completed and would like your letter. You must include your mailing address.
Q: I have just graduated from a nursing program, but have not yet worked in the field, am I still eligible to register into this program?
- Yes, the program is designed for Health Professionals currently working with or who plan to work with breastfeeding dyad and families in the near future.
This program will help you to:
- Prepare to write the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Examination to become a certified lactation consultant
- Specialization increases potential to find employment working in some capacity with breastfeeding dyad and families.
Admission & Registration
Health Professionals currently working with or who plan to work with the breastfeeding dyad and families in the near future. Please note this program is for individuals seeking certification as a Lactation Consultant with the IBCLC, not for general information on Breastfeeding.
There are a number of ways to register. Visit our how to register page for more information. Clinical courses are designated (SA) and thus departmental approval is required for registration with proof of admission requirements.
Program of Studies
The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2019/20 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Health and Nursing.
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Click on the course number below to check current availability and for registration information
|Course Number||Course Name||Course Description|
|Examine the anatomy and physiology of human lactation, and ways to normalize breastfeeding and infant behaviour. Consider global strategies encouraging breastfeeding and develop skills you need to support successful breastfeeding. 42 hours.|
|NRSG10074||Level 2: Breastfeeding Management||
Examine nutrition and the biochemistry of breast milk focusing on maternal and infant nutritional needs. Major topics examined are: observation, assessment and management of difficulties related to infant suck and milk transfer and tools and techniques to alleviate minor and major maternal/infant breastfeeding problems. Other foci are breastfeeding research utilization and best practice guidelines. 42 hours. Prerequisite: NRSG10073.
|NRSG10075||Level 3: Advanced Breastfeeding Practice||Examine infant and maternal breastfeeding issues, and ethical/legal issues such as informed consent and protection of vulnerable and at risk populations. 42 hours. Prerequisite: NRSG10074.|
Breastfeeding Clinical Experience
|Integrate breastfeeding knowledge and skills in a hospital or community based setting in this 24 hour clinical placement. 24 hours. Prerequisite: NRSG10075. YOU MUST register for HLTH10223 to complete required health clearances prior to registration.|
Please see our Clinical FAQ for further information on clinical experiences.
The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change.
|Program Length||Approximately 1 year|
** fees as of WINTER 2020 and subject to change
|~ $300 per course, $170 for Clinical Experience (optional)|
|Program Intakes||Fall, Winter, Spring|
No application required, see Admission & Registration tab
The courses in this program must be taken in order. All theory courses must be completed prior to registering for the optional Clinical Experience.
|Course Code||Course Name||Fall
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
|NRSG10073||Level 1: Breastfeeding Basics||
|NRSG10074||Level 2: Breastfeeding Management||
|NRSG10075||Level 3: Advanced Breastfeeding Practice||eLearn||eLearn||eLearn|
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MyMohawk is the college portal used to access your student account information, email, grades and more. Your username and password can be found on the Continuing Education Acknowledgement of Registration & Student Account form that was sent to you after you registered for your course. Visit the Getting Started - MyMohawk Guide for step-by-step instructions.
Access Mohawk Email
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On the MyMohawk Home screen you will see a link to eLearn. Visit the Getting Started - eLearn Guide for step-by-step instructions. Please note your course will not appear in eLearn until the scheduled start date.
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Online learning courses provide you with the opportunity to learn online, anywhere, at your convenience! You can study at home or at work - wherever you like, whenever you like, within a predetermined time frame.
Courses are delivered over a set time period and are led by instructors. Most courses do not require that you be online at a certain time of day or night, but that you are active in the course during the schedule. There are scheduled start and end dates and you cannot start courses late nor finish early.
Visit the eLearn Course page for registration information and a step-by-step guide to get started. Please note your course will not appear in eLearn until the scheduled start date.
Field Placement / Clinical
Preclinical / Clinical Information
These experiences may be completed in your own community provided suitable clinical units are available and willing to take students.
You will be expected to develop a learning plan which is an opportunity to design the clinical experience to meet individual learning needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Use specialized knowledge & skills to provide safe, competent care to breastfeeding dyad and families
- Discuss the psychosocial, cultural, ethical, & political influences on breastfeeding as a choice
- Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate care in both normal and complex breastfeeding situations
- Update and expand their scientific knowledge using a variety of resources and learning opportunities
- Utilize critical thinking skills in examining breastfeeding practice issues
- Implement and promote evidence-based nursing practice through research utilization
- Promote family-centered for breastfeeding dyad and families
- Utilize principles of health education, adult learning, and the teaching-learning process to meet the learning needs of breastfeeding dyad and families
Prepare to write International Board of Lactation Consultants Examination to become a certified lactation consultant.
Specialization increases potential to find employment working in some capacity with breastfeeding dyad and families.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Students with appropriate educational background and current clinical practice may apply for course exemption via PLAR process. If interested in pursuing credit for prior learning, please contact the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition office.