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Breast Milk and Lactation

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Course Description

This course will enable the bedside clinician to care for the lactating mother and breastfeeding infant on basic and advanced levels. Breast milk value, supporting the mother with basic lactation care and assisting the infant with breastfeeding practice will be presented. Mothers with babies in the NICU require some different support. These topics include stimulating milk supply, partnering in care at the bedside and maintaining breast milk supply with planning for discharge.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Integrate basic knowledge of breast milk when educating families.
  • Identify the newborn or mother at risk of not being successful with lactation.
  • Discuss the consequences to not providing breast milk for mother and infant.
  • Relate differences for the breastfeeding mother with an infant in the NICU.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Benefits of Breast Milk
    Composition of Breast Milk
  • Basics of Breastfeeding
    Positioning | Latch | Care of Breast Tissue
  • Common Issues with Lactating
    Mother | Infant
  • NICU Infant Needs
    Initiating Milk Supply | Kangaroo Care | Maintaining Milk Supply | Starting Breast Feeds | Feed Progression | Donor Human Milk | Discharge Prep with Breastfeeding | Troubleshooting Difficulties with Maintaining Breastfeeds