20CH001 - Breastfeeding Basics and Problem-Solving (Summer 2019)

Jul 18, 2019 Closed Public Health

20CH001 - Breastfeeding Basics and Problem-Solving (Summer 2019)


Breastfeeding Basics and Problem-Solving has been designed to provide nutritionists, nurses, social workers, office staff and clinicians with basic skills to assist a breastfeeding dyad. The first half of the course will focus on an exploration of personal attitudes about breastfeeding and how these guide the decisions patients make about feeding their infant, the benefits of breastfeeding and the risks of not breastfeeding, followed by a discussion on milk production. To complete the first half of the day, the course will focus on getting breastfeeding started with a look at positioning and latch-on, infant feeding cues, and the assessment of effective breastfeeding.

The second half of the course will focus on solving common problems/concerns experienced by breastfeeding mothers. Areas that will be explored include milk supply concerns, supporting women returning to work or school, ways to support breastfeeding women experiencing engorgement, sore nipples, plugged ducts, mastitis and yeast. At the end of the day, the material will be applied to practice through case studies.
The goal of the course is to train staff in the basic skills to manage common breastfeeding concerns that emerge during an office or home visit.

Program offered on an alternate date:
October 31, 2019

Funding for this training has been provided through the Region 1 Lactation Training Center.


If you register for this workshop but find that you are unable to attend, please send an email to our registration department, registration@mahec.net, so we may adjust the catering order. Thank you!

Target Audience

Nutritionists, Nurses, Social Workers, Health Care Providers, and Health Care Provider Office Staff


  • Identify the effect of personal beliefs and attitudes on breastfeeding
  • Discuss the benefits of breastfeeding and the risks of not breastfeeding
  • Identify the perceived and true contraindications to breastfeeding
  • Describe breast milk production
  • Assist a patient with positioning and latch-on
  • Assess if breastfeeding is going well and refer the dyad for more help with breastfeeding
  • Identify common breastfeeding concerns
  • Provide assistance to patients experiencing common breastfeeding concerns and make appropriate referrals
  • Apply the skills learned to the clinical setting through the use of case scenarios


  • Georganna Cogburn, MSHE, RD, LDN, IBCLC, RLC


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