Certified Lactation Counselor Training- Huntsville, AL

Come increase your knowledge and skills to provide professional breastfeeding support or register to take the exam, to become a Certified Lactation Counselor!

Please join us as we bring the Healthy Children Project’s Lactation Counselors Training Course to Alabama!

Monday – Friday
8:15 AM – 4:30 PM,

Break (on your own): 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
6 hours of assignments must be completed during lunchtime or evenings.

This comprehensive, evidence-based, breastfeeding management course includes practical skills, theoretical foundations and competency verification. Technical issues are explored within the context of counseling the mother in the hospital and in public health and community settings. This course prepares participants for professional work helping mothers and babies: this program trains participants how to gain insight into clients’ problems, with a strong focus on counseling skills. The course curriculum will include:

•The US version of the WHO/UNICEF Breastfeeding Counseling Training
• Introduction to lactation credentials
• The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
• Examination of factors influencing success at breastfeeding
• Distinct weight gain patterns of breastfed babies
• Anatomy and physiology of lactation • Composition of human milk
• Hormones of lactation, insufficient milk syndrome
• Examination of effect on milk supply of nicotine, alcohol, contraceptives, use of pacifiers & bottles, engorgement, fluid intake, and diet
• Hypoglycemia and hyperbilirubinemia and supplementation
• Medical significance of breastfeeding for the mother and infant
• Problems with infant formulas
• How to discuss breastfeeding with pregnant women
• The hospital experience: labor and delivery
• Infant self-attachment
• Collaborative feeding, infant feeding cues, normal suckling, assessing breastfeeding, strategies to use with infants who present with attachment problems
• Enhanced effectiveness in lactation counseling, with a focus on counseling skills
• The high criticality of early support within the traditional “zone of professional unavailability”
• Sociologic and psychologic issues impacting breastfeeding
• Strategies for premature and ill infants, late term preemies, multiples (twins, triplets, quads), babies with Down Syndrome, cleft lip and palate
• Breast problems (sore nipples, plugged ducts, mastitis, abscess, etc)
• Maternal nutrition
• Effect of various foods on the nursing infant
• Postpartum mood disorders and breastfeeding
• Fertility in breastfeeding women: Lactational Amenorrhea Method, birth control, oral contraceptives
• Working and breastfeeding
• Medical problems of the mother and contraindications to breastfeeding
• Common concerns after the early weeks: developmental ages and stages in breastfeeding and child nutrition
• Weaning, nursing older babies & toddlers, breast refusal, nursing strike
• Nursing during pregnancy
• Scope of practice: professional responsibilities, ethics, and role delineation
• The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the US

~ Participants must attend all sessions and cannot miss more than a total of 15 minutes of class for the entire week, or else they will be ineligible to sit for the exam and they forfeit the 120.00 exam fee and you will not receive your CEU’s certificate.

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