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

March 8 & 9, 2017 (St Cloud, MN) Grow & Glow Training. St Cloud District Office. See Wednesday Update for registration information and code. Training is full.

April 10-14, 2017 (Rochester, MN) Lactation Counselor Training Course (CLC)

April 20, 2017 (Conference Call) Local Breastfeeding Coalitions Teleconference. Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition. Watch for email communication from MBC or contact: mnbreastfeedingcoalition@gmail.com

April 28-29, 2017. (Minneapolis, MN). LaLeche League if MN / DAs spring conference. Featured speaker Kathleen Kendall-Tackett. For more information and registration.

May 2-3, 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.

May 3-5, 2017 (Brooklyn Park, MN) 2017 MN WIC Training Conference. Includes several lactation related topics. See Wednesday Update for more information. Open only to MN WIC staff.

May 12, 2017 (Madison, WI) The Art and Science of Breastfeeding. “Our conference attempts to couple both the art of infant feeding with new and emerging scientific explanations of clinical phenomena that we observe when working with breastfeeding dyads.” More information and registration.

May 25, 2017 (Duluth, MN) Breastfeeding Management & Counseling for the Health Care Team. Provides lactation training for health care providers to address breastfeeding management needs in hospitals, clinics, community and tribal settings. For more information mnbfcevents@gmail.com and flyer.

June 23, 2017 (St Paul, MN) Metro Breastfeeding Meeting 9:00 to 12:30

June 23, 2017 (St Paul, MN) Metro WIC Breastfeeding Coordinators Meeting 12:30 – 4:00.

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

  • Tuesday, June 20th, 9:00-10:00 am and 3:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, June 22nd,12:30-1:30 pm and 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 27th, 12:30-1:30 pm and 3:30 – 4:30 pm

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 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 (TBD, 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.

November 3, 2017 (TBD, MN) Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition (MBC) Annual Meeting.

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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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