Breastfeeding Educator Certification

Feel confident answering all your client’s breastfeeding questions!

Inspired by the World Health Organization’s 20 hour breastfeeding course, this ONLINE certification gets you ready for all the questions you will get as a birth and parenting professional. This training is ideal for prenatal & postpartum fitness experts, doulas, childbirth educators, sleep educators, massage therapists, nurses, and anyone else that is working with expecting and new parents.

This course may also provide some inspiration and direction to those interested in pursuing a pathway to become an IBCLC, however, this course is in no way connected to the IBLCE.

$579+HST with payment plans available!

Self Study – Available February 28th, 2017

This 18-Module self-study course will enhance your birth & parenting practice.

A bebo mia Certified Breastfeeding Educator will be able to:
↣ answer breastfeeding questions that come up for clients in the pre & postnatal periods
↣ help clients prepare for breastfeeding
↣ provide information & strategies for the best possible start to breastfeeding
↣ educate the public on breastfeeding related issues
↣ be a general advocate for breastfeeding as it relates to Population Health
↣ offer a comforting & non-judgmental space for clients to discuss breastfeeding & breast milk feeding
↣ offer an experienced perspective
↣ appropriately refer to a Lactation Consultant, or other medical professional

A bebo mia Certified Breastfeeding Educator understands:
↣ the importance of supportive collaboration within the healthcare system
↣ their role is one as an educator and counsellor, not a Lactation Consultant
↣ they are not qualified to offer medical advice or suggest that families act against medical advice

What does it include?

Module 1Overview

Why is breastfeeding important on global health perspective?

Module 2 – Communication

Language and questions used with clients 

Module 3 – Benefits of Breastfeeding

Benefits to the mother, baby community, environment, financially

Module 4 – Anatomy & Physiology

Breast anatomy, baby anatomy, hormones and understanding the nutrients in breastmilk

Module 5 – Prenatal Education

What is important to know in pregnancy? How birth practices impact breastfeeding?

Module 6 – Latching & Positioning

Good attachment and principles of how to latch. How to know if your baby is getting enough? Managing breastfeeding sessions. The art to breastfeeding.

Module 7 – Getting Enough Milk

Baby’s output. Discussing jaundice. Bigger picture with baby. 

Module 8 – Ages & Stages

How baby’s age impacts breastfeeding. Growth milestones. Supporting moms as babies age. Nursing as more than just a nutrition source. Sustaining it past the first year.

Module 9 –  Options for Breast Milk Feeding

Pumping & hand expression. Milk storage. Options for breast milk feeding. Going back to work.

Module 10 – Common Concerns – Mom

Mastitis. Engorgement. Nipple health.

Module 11  Common Concerns – Baby

Reasons for pain. If baby is not latching. Supporting drowsy babies. Dehydration.

Module 12 – Special Circumstances

Multiples. Pre-term. Low birth weight.

Module 13 – Nutrition for breastfeeding moms

Nutrition: what to eat & what to avoid? What does impact & what doesn’t? Drinking alcohol & breastfeeding? 

Module 14 – Illness, Diseases & Medications

HIV. Diabetes. Drug use. Safe prescription drug use. Birth control. When moms are sick. Surgery & medications. 

Module 15 –  Modern Family

Chest feeding. Donor milk. Modern family. Lactation without birth.

Module 16 – Multip Breastfeeding

Tandem feeding. Breastfeeding in pregnancy.

Module 17 – Feeding in Emergencies

Feeding in emergencies. Relactation.  

Module 18 – Community Resources

What is available? When to call your LC? When to call HCP? Postpartum mood. Supporting holistically.

In order to certify, each student must successfully complete the following:

↣ Watch all course videos (~14 hours)

↣ Complete all workbook readings and homework assignments (self-monitored)

↣ Complete Practicum – 6 hours

  • Observe a (post-natal) breastfeeding consultation with an IBCLC
  • Attend 2 community breastfeeding support groups (facilitated by LLL, IBCLC, PHN)

↣ One letter of recommendation

↣ List of community resources for parents 

↣ Complete Final Exam – Multiple Choice only timed exam; 2 hours (must achieve minimum grade of 70%)

↣ Sign Scope of Practice

↣ Read 3 books from the Reading List that will be provided on the Course Portal 

↣ Complete & submit 1 Book Review of the 3 books read from the Reading List

Let's meet our instructors!

Laura Kent Davidson

Laura is an amazing licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND), a Dr. Jack Newman trained International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) & a bebo mia trained Infant Sleep Educator. She worked with mothers in Thailand offering lactation support while living there with her husband and daughter. She is located in Toronto and we are so excited to have her in this program.

Ashley Pickett

Ashley is a Dr. Jack Newman trained International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) & a bebo mia trained Infant Sleep Educator.  She is located in Oakville and has so much knowledge to share with us within this program!

Bianca Sprague & Natasha Marchand

The girls of bebo mia will be co-facilitating this program with not one, but two fabulous lactation consultants! Bianca & Natasha will bring their years of breastfeeding experience and teaching to make this course as interactive, fun and full of information as the other bebo mia programs.

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