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Training Curriculum

Nursing Mother's Counsel training is a rigorous curriculum taught by IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants), other professionals (registered dieticians, MDs, mental health professionals), and Nursing Mothers Counsel members. After completing the 21 hours of training, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize situations that exceed the range of normal breastfeeding challenges.
  2. Discuss breast changes during pregnancy and lactation.
  3. Discuss the importance of skin-to-skin contact.
  4. Discuss what is required to establish and maintain a good milk supply.
  5. Provide education on newborn feeding cues and behavior states.
  6. Provide education on how breastfeeding will change, depending on infant’s age and developmental stage.
  7. Assist the mother to find comfortable positions for breastfeeding.
  8. Identify correct latch.
  9. Discuss adequate milk intake of the infant and appropriate weight gain.
  10. Provide suggestions as to when and how to stimulate a sleepy baby to feed.
  11. Discuss common self-care treatments for engorgement, sore nipples, plugged milk ducts, thrush, and vasospasm.
  12. Discuss oversupply and/or overactive MER, and how it might affect breastfeeding.
  13. Discuss breast reduction and/or augmentation, and possible effects on breastfeeding.
  14. Describe how “special situations” (preterm, jaundice, tight frenulum, cleft palate, twins) may affect breastfeeding.
  15. Discuss common causes of decreased milk supply.
  16. Provide suggestions on how to increase milk supply.
  17. Discuss strategies for maintaining breastfeeding when returning to work/school.
  18. Describe techniques for hand expression.
  19. Discuss proper/effective use of pumps.
  20. Provide information on safe handling and storage of expressed breastmilk.
  21. Provide information on tandem nursing and nursing an older baby.
  22. Discuss safe and appropriate weaning techniques.
  23. Assess for postpartum mood disorder.
  24. Provide current information on breastfeeding support services (lactation centers, support groups, websites, books).
  25. Display an understanding of why and under what circumstances an IBCLC or HCP might recommend common breastfeeding tools (i.e. SNS, nipple shield).
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