Course Content and Outcome Guide for LEC 201 Effective Summer 2015

Course Number:
LEC 201
Course Title:
Human Lactation and Breastfeeding 1
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Course Description

Explores breastfeeding and common problems breastfeeding families' experience. Covers the first 45 hrs of the 90 hrs of lactation education required by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). Prerequisites: Admission to the Lactation Education and Consultant Program.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is offered in a hybrid format with in-class and online delivery. Participants will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed to educate and support women and their families throughout the course of breastfeeding. The IBLCE Exam Blueprint is a guide for the curriculum utilized in this course.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  1. Utilize effective communication, counseling, and adult education skills in order to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills to make evidence-based decisions on breastfeeding practices.
  3. Assess and manage common maternal and infant breastfeeding problems.

Course Activities and Design

This course will focus on the normal course of breastfeeding, and common problems breastfeeding families€™ experience. Course learning activities will include readings, lecture, group discussion, quizzes, interviews with mothers, reflective writing, counseling practice, case studies, student presentations, and observations. This course is offered in a hybrid format with in-class and online delivery.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Multiple choice tests
Presentations and/or projects
Written assignments
Course activities and discussion

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Evidence-based lactation practices
Adult Education
Cultural Practices
Family-centered care
Client confidence
Cultural sensitivity
Common challenges of breastfeeding
Evidence-based decision-making

  • Utilize appropriate counseling skills and techniques
  • Provide evidence-informed information to assist family when making decisions regarding breastfeeding
  • Ascertain the family€™s goals for breastfeeding
  • Assess knowledge and information needs of learners
  • Provide evidence-informed education through a variety of educational strategies
  • Advocate for breastfeeding families
  • Evaluate potential or existing challenges and factors that may impact breastfeeding success
  • Identify and support practices that promote breastfeeding
  • Describe and demonstrate differing feeding positions
  • Assess for normal infant behavior and developmental milestones
  • Assess the breastfed child€™s growth using the WHO adapted growth charts
  • Provide anticipatory guidance to reduce potential risks to the breastfeeding family
  • Provide information and strategies to prevent and resolve common breastfeeding challenges
  • Provide evidence-informed information to families regarding the use of feeding-related equipment and devices
  • Work collaboratively and interdependently with other members of the health care team
  • Utilize breast-feeding related equipment