WIC - Breastfeeding Continuing Education

Breastfeeding Continuing Education

Information and Resources for Local Agencies

MN WIC Program

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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.


Save the dates. Additional information will be posted when available.

  • Building Bridges for Breastfeeding Duration. This workshop is offered twice in one day, an afternoon or morning session. Please share with your networks.

• September 27, 2016 (Minneapolis, MN) Abbott Northwestern Hospital. NEW LOCATION: Minnesota Church Center. Get registration form and full information at allinahealth.org/classes, Search for keyword "Bridges." Email: Janelle.samuelson@allina.com with questions

  • Evening Brainstorming and Discussion Session: Breastfeeding Promotion, Support and Resources in the Somali Community. An evening discussion session open to all. (registration required) Come with ideas and questions to share around addressing the breastfeeding needs of Somali Minnesotans. Light snack provided. To register use the registration link above or see the flyer below.

• September 28, 2016 (Wyoming MN). Register by phone through Fairview On Call 612-672-7272 or online.

  • September, 27, 2016 (Grand Forks, ND) North Dakota Breastfeeding-Friendly Skills Training. Skills include skin-to-skin, latch and position, hand expression, supplementation, pumps, and positive messaging. FREE. For more information: brianna.wanner@gmail.com. Click here for registration
  • September 28, 2016 (Wadena, MN) Provider workshop. 5:30 pm. Speaker Dr Pamela Heggie. CMEs available. For more information: Stephanie Rodriguez-Moser 218-894-8846.
  • September 29, 2016 (Wadena, MN) Speaker Amy Peterson, IBCLC. CERPs and CEUs available. For more information: Stephanie Rodriguez-Moser 218-894-8846.
  • October 27, 2016 (Maplewood, MN) Statewide WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator Meeting. Keller Golf Course. Watch the Wednesday Update for more information.
  • October 28, 2016, (Maplewood, MN) Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Statewide Meeting. For registration and more information see Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition website.
  • November 3 and 4, 2016 (Milwaukee, WI) La Leche League of Wisconsin Continuing Education Event. Speaker Molly Pessl. For more information and registration http://lllofwi.org/
  • November 29 & 30, 2016 (Mankato Area.) Grow & Glow Training. We are seeking a training facility in the Mankato Area. Registration information available soon. At this time WIC staff only.


  • March 8 & 9, 2017 (St Cloud, MN) Grow & Glow Training. St Cloud District Office. Registration coming soon. At this time open to WIC staff only.

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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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