BabyFriendly(tm) Lactation Training

Meets certain BFHI Criteria for BabyFriendly™ USA

from Birth & Beyond Orange County – California Public Health Initiative

Birth & Beyond
Lactation Training

Birth & Beyond is a California initiative to provide instructor training, class materials, and agendas for BabyFriendly™ didactic courses in the state. Hospitals that are applying for BabyFriendly™ status need nurses who have completed an approved lactation course. California hospitals love this course because it  follows the Birth & Beyond California initiative – get ahead with Birth & Beyond!

This class is recommended for nursing students, new grads, re-entry nurses, and transfer nurses.
No clinical experience or pre-requisite coursework is required.

  • This is a 2-day class
  • You will receive a textbook included with the course fee
  • Upon completion, you will receive a certificate for 16 continuing education hours, approved by the CA BRN and sanctioned by Birth & Beyond, CA Public Health Initiative


NEO Orange County

NEO San Diego


What is BabyFriendly™ ?
The BabyFriendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization and UNICEF in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.

The California Department of Public Health created the Birth & Beyond Initiative to provide instructor and student materials for certified lactation courses to help hospitals and healthcare providers meet the requirements of the BabyFriendly™ hospital initiative.


How do I become BabyFriendly™ certified?
Healthcare providers in BabyFriendly™ facilities are required to complete:

(1) Didactic Course Training: Complete a 2-day BabyFriendly™ approved course – that’s us!

(2) Clinical Training: Complete clinical training hours at a BabyFriendly™ hospital. If you are not currently employed at a hospital, you can use this course to enhance your resume.


Why take this class?
Changing the way we feed and nurture our newborns impacts their lives. Changes are difficult to accept and implement. Understanding the positive impact of change is vital to the success of our goal. After completing this course, you will be in awe of how naturally the mother is designed to keep her baby healthy and happy.

As healthcare providers, our duty is to promote healthy habits to minimize illness and endorse practices that promote physical and emotional health in our patients.

This is an approved course that satisfies the didactic course requirement for BabyFriendly™ hospitals. The goal of this course is to train you how to teach mothers about breastfeeding.


Why is our Lactation course important for you?
Hospitals receive grants to fund their transition to a BabyFriendly™ facility. BabyFriendly™ is a designation for hospitals that follow a set of guidelines to encourage the mother/baby bond and infant feeding.

This Lactation course will keep you ahead of the new practices in the hospital. You may have already seen this porocess occur, or your facility may be just getting started. This class will help you understand your role in the BabyFriendly™ initiative!

This Lactation course will demonstate your dedication to Maternal Child Care and is a great Resume booster!


Do I have to buy any textbooks or additional materials?
No, you will receive a textbook (included in the course fee) on the day of your class.

Course Agenda

Day 1

  • Science of Attachment
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Promoting Breastfeeding & Risk of not Breastfeeding
  • The Role of Human Milk
  • Predictable Newborn Patterns
  • Attachment theory
  • The science of breast milk production
  • Reflexes of suckling, swallowing, rooting, and crawling
  • Social attitudes towards breastfeeding

Day 2

  • Putting Baby to Breast
  • Assessment and Documentation of Feedings
  • Latch Assessment
  • Early Breastfeeding Concerns
  • Expressing and Feeding Breast Milk
  • Special Situations
  • Continuity of Care
  • Sustainability
  • Proper attachment of the newborn
  • Breast pumps
  • Jaundice, hypoglycemia, mastitis, and infections
  • Hunger cues and cluster feeding
  • Sustainability