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Here are the full details of what happens in each day of the Breastfeeding Specialist Course.

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STUDY DAY CONTENT

Each day (except the first and last study days) comprises 4 x 1.5 hour sessions plus a half hour final review:

#1 TROUBLESHOOTING POSITIONING AND ATTACHMENT PROBLEMS

Teaching the theory and practicalities of good positioning and attachment to mothers and colleagues through the use of hands-off techniques.

Observing and assessing a breastfeed in order to improve P&A. Skills practice.

Exploring nipple problems and nipple shields.

Helping the baby who is reluctant to latch on.

Ten questions to test recall, understanding and application of the day’s learning, followed by discussion.

6.5 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam

Detailed Content Outline

Graded homework worth 5.25 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

#2 PARENTING PHILOSOPHIES AND RELATIONSHIPS IMPACTING BREASTFEEDING

Kangaroo Mother Care, not just for premature babies.

Postnatal depression, treatment options and breastfeeding.

Two contrasting popular childcare philosophies and their impact on the breastfeeding families with whom we work.

Breastfeeding and sexuality.

Ten questions to test recall, understanding and application of the day’s learning, followed by discussion.

6.5 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam
Detailed Content Outline.

Graded homework worth 5.25 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

#3 CHALLENGES OF BREASTFEEDING BEYOND THE NEWBORN PERIOD

Poor weight gain/not enough milk (double session lasts all morning).

Mastitis (blocked ducts, bacterial infections and thrush).

Breastfeeding beyond babyhood and strategies for ending breastfeeding.

Ten questions to test recall, understanding and application of the day’s learning, followed by discussion.

6.5 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam

Detailed Content Outline.

Graded homework worth 5.25 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

#4 SKILLS FOR COUNSELLING THE BREASTFEEDING MOTHER

Adopting the counselling role when helping with breastfeeding.

Counselling skills: the basics

Counselling skills: putting it all together.

Counselling strategies to suit the client’s stage of maternal role acquisition.

Ten questions to test recall, understanding and application of the day’s learning, followed by discussion.

6.5 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

Graded homework worth 3.5 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

#5 BREASTFEEDING IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES

Combining work and breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery.

The diabetic mother and breastfeeding.

The premature baby and breastfeeding.

Ten questions to test recall, understanding and application of the day’s learning, followed by discussion.

6.5 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

Graded homework worth 5.25 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

#6 MOCK LACTATION CONSULTANT EXAM AND REVISION STRATEGIES

The conduct of the IBLCE exam – (0.5 hours)
Mock exam based on the 13 Disciplines and 12 Chronological Periods of the IBLCE Exam Blueprint – (2 hours)

Scoring the mock exam – (in lunch break)
The breastfeeding issues that arise from the exam – (2 hours)

Ways to tackle revision – (0.5 hours)

Clinical pictures – (1.5 hours)

3.5 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

Graded homework worth 3.5 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

The day provides useful consolidation for those who have made good progress with revision, or helpful motivation for those who have yet to start!

#7 FACILITATING FANTASTIC BREASTFEEDING GROUPS AND CLASSES

Creating, evaluating and maintaining successful groups.

Teaching really useful antenatal breastfeeding classes.

Writing plans for antenatal classes.
Handling ‘heart-sink moments’ and challenging people in our groups.

Ten questions to test recall, understanding and application of the day’s learning, followed by discussion.

6.5 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

Graded homework worth 3 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

#8 ETHICAL ISSUES IN LACTATION

Ethical theories, principles and implication for those who work in lactation.

Initiatives that impact breastfeeding.
Choice, influence and responsibility in infant feeding.

Ethical dilemmas in our everyday work.
Ten questions to test recall, understanding and application of the day’s learning, followed by discussion.

6.5 (Ethics) hours on topics included in IBLCE’s
Exam Detailed Content Outline

Graded homework worth 3 (Ethics) hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

#9 THE BREASTFEEDING FAMILY & PEER

SUPPORT – New title reflects new content

Peer Support: The Philosophy & Practicalities

Peer Support: The Benefits & the Challenges

The Breastfeeding Family: Fathers and Grandmothers

The Breastfeeding Family: Induced Lactation for Non-Gestational & LGBT Parents

Ten questions to test recall, understanding and application of the day’s learning, followed by discussion.

6.5 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

Graded homework worth 3.75 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

#10 EXPLORING THE IDEA OF BECOMING A LACTATION CONSULTANT

The role of the IBCLC

Becoming qualified (eligibility, costs, syllabus)
Study skills: strategies to help a busy person, and make it less scary!

Plenary: personal goals and planning
Ten questions to test recall, understanding and application of the day’s learning, followed by discussion.

1.5 hours hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline

Graded homework worth 3.25 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline

#11 BREASTFEEDING CLINICS AND CONSULTATIONS

Running a breastfeeding clinic.
Consultations, both the common and the challenging.

Doing the detective work / problem solving in a consultation.

Consultations by telehealth, phone, email or for a fee.

Ten questions to test recall, understanding and application of the day’s learning, followed by discussion.

6.5 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

Graded homework worth 4.5 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

#12 BREASTFEEDING AND FOOD

Obesity and breastfeeding

Mother’s diet and breastfeeding

Allergies and the breastfeeding family
Introducing solid foods

Ten questions to test recall, understanding and application of the day’s learning, followed by discussion.

6.5 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.

Graded homework worth 4.5 hours on topics included in IBLCE’s Exam Detailed Content Outline.