WIC - Breastfeeding Continuing Education

Breastfeeding Continuing Education

Information and Resources for Local Agencies


MN WIC Program

On this page:
Lactation Training Opportunities, Meetings and MN WIC Breastfeeding coordinator meetings
Technical Assistance & Materials for Continuing Education at Your Agency
Additional Sources for Breastfeeding Continuing Education


Other related topics:
Breastfeeding materials
How to become an IBCLC
Medications and potential contraindication to breastfeeding
Web sites for information on a variety of breastfeeding topics


Lactation Training Opportunities, Meetings and MN WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator Meetings

Only training in MN and adjacent states is listed here. MN WIC breastfeeding coordinator calls and meetings are also listed.

2017

September 18, 2017 (Woodbury) Living Healthy in Washington County (LHWC) in partnership with the Washington County Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting an 8-hour Basic Outpatient Breastfeeding Support Training presented by the Milk Mob Location is Woodwinds Health Campus Auditorium A 1925 Woodwinds Dr. Woodbury MN 55125. Conference fee is $50 and will include Continuing Education Credits, breakfast, lunch, and course materials. Registration will close 9/8/2017. Register here: https://www.co.washington.mn.us/trainingOBS

September 19 & 20, 2017 (Brooklyn Center, MN) Outpatient Breastfeeding Champion training. Limited space. Open to WIC staff only. More information in WIC Wednesday Update.

September 21, 2017 (Staples, MN) Breastfeeding workshop with speaker Liz Brooks. For more information contact Stephanie Rodgriguez at stephanierodriguez@lakewoodhealthsystem.com or 218-894-8846.

September 26, 2017 (Marshall, MN) Building Bridges for Breastfeeding Duration. http://lactationeducationconsultants.com/IS_bridges.shtml Half day training offered twice at same location. Open to hospital, clinic, public health staff, health professional training programs and other breastfeeding advocates. Offered free of charge. More information and registration.

September 27, 2017 (Worthington, MN) Building Bridges for Breastfeeding Duration. http://lactationeducationconsultants.com/IS_bridges.shtml Half day training offered twice at same location. Open to hospital, clinic, public health staff, health professional training programs and other breastfeeding advocates. Offered free of charge. More information and registration.

October 9-13, 2017. (Minneapolis, MN). Foundations for Best Practice in Lactation Care. Five day course. Instructors Molly Pessl and Christine Muenz. For more information and to register or paste mhealth.org/lactationcourses into your browser.

October 9-13, 2017 (Brainerd, MN) Lactation Counselor Training Course

October 16-20, 2017 (Milwaukee, WI) Lactation Counselor Training Course

October 17-18, 2017. (Minneapolis, MN). Excellence in Care with the Ten Steps. Instructor Molly Pessl. For more information and to register or paste mhealth.org/lactationcourses into your browser.

November 2 & 3, 2017 (Milwaukee, WI) Featured speaker Diana West, IBCLC. See La Leche League of Wisconsin website for more information. Registration to open early summer 2017.

November 2, 2017 (Brainerd, MN) Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition (MBC) Pre-conference workshop. There may also be a MN WIC Breastfeeding Coordinators meeting on this date, depending on the length of the pre-conference workshop. Watch the MBC website for more information and registration. https://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org/

November 3, 2017 (Brainerd, MN) Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition (MBC) Annual Meeting. Watch the MBC website for more information and registration. https://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org/

December 1, 2017 (St Paul, MN) Metro Breastfeeding Meeting 9:00 to 12:30

December 1, 2017 (St Paul, MN) Metro WIC Breastfeeding Coordinators Meeting 12:30 – 4:00.

December 2017 MN WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator Calls. (Statewide) See Wednesday update for call in number & passcode. Dates / times:

  • Tuesday, December 5, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 6, 9 – 10 am
  • Monday, December 11, 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 14, 3:30 – 4:30 pm

2018

April 14-15, 2018 (Twin Cities Metro, MN) KangaroulaTM Training. A new training developed by Nils and Jill Bergman. For more information contact Chris Clark at mcw.clark@gmail.com

May 7-11, 2018 (Mora, MN) Lactation Counselor Training Course

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Technical Assistance & Materials for Continuing Education at Your Agency

Technical assistance available to MN WIC staff by phone, email or a site-visit. Contact Mary B. Johnson at mary.b.johnson@state.mn.us or 651-201-4406.

Loving Support workshops can be scheduled for 2017, when requested by MN local WIC programs. This workshop focuses on Three-Step Counseling and addresses the counseling process rather than specific management of breastfeeding. We will discuss how the counselor can work with clients to:

  • Identify potential barriers and strengths related to breastfeeding;
  • Address the barriers and reassure the client; and
  • Provide information relevant to the client.

This training will provide you with the opportunity to learn and practice a technique for breastfeeding counseling which can be used for counseling on other nutrition topics. While geared primarily for new CPA staff and those not able to attend an earlier workshop, any CPA who would like a review is welcome, as are your community partners (representatives from hospitals, clinics, LLL, other breastfeeding advocates). Please make sure everyone is registered. There is no charge for the training. CEUs available.

To schedule a workshop in your community contact Mary Johnson at mary.b.johnson@state.mn.us or 651-201-4406 if you would like a workshop in your community. You are welcome to invite your community partners.

This information is provided to encourage WIC staff and others to develop their knowledge of lactation-related issues, for your convenience, and is not meant as an endorsement of any particular course or organization. If you know of other lactation-related training opportunities in Minnesota or Border States, please send an e-mail to mary.b.johnson@state.mn.us and include as much information as you can about date, location, topics, who to contact for more information, and a URL if available.

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Additional Sources for Breastfeeding Continuing Education

Although the MN State WIC Program has provided these links as additional potential sources for breastfeeding continuing education, this information is for your convenience, and is not meant as an endorsement of any particular course or organization.

List of Breastfeeding Conferences by State

International Lactation Consultant Association Directory of Lactation Course Providers

Evergreen Perinatal Education

Bright Futures Lactation Resource Center

Global Online Discussion (Offers online conference each May)

Lactation Education Resources

La Leche League Peer Counselor Program

The Lactation Institute's Lactation Educator Certificate Program

Lactation Education Consultants (Certified lactation Specialist and Two-Day Cram Review Courses)

International Lactation Consultant Association Independent Study Modules

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