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Excellence in Care with The Ten Steps

Live Baby Friendly Program - Overlake Hospital Medical Center
Bellevue, WA

Course Description

This course provides the education cornerstone for hospitals to pursue the designation of "Baby-Friendly." It explores the rapidly changing role of all healthcare professionals in caring for pregnant and new families and is designed to help provide the basics of early breastfeeding care, with a focus on implementing "The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding."


Health care professionals and staff in maternity care who are interested in supporting breastfeeding and implementing The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Course Format

Face-to-face, 2-day training.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the importance of human milk for human babies.
  • Discuss possible risks of artificial milks for human babies.
  • Discuss some marketing tactics used by commercial baby food industries.
  • List the minimum education requirements for physicians and staff in maternity and pediatric settings.
  • Identify teaching points appropriate for prenatal classes and interactions with pregnant women.
  • Describe barriers to effective communication with women about feeding their babies.
  • Discuss the effects of culture on breastfeeding outcomes.
  • Discuss times when breastfeeding promotion may be contraindicated.
  • List birthing routines that may influence breastfeeding success.
  • Discuss hospital birth policies and procedures that support exclusive breastfeeding.
  • Discuss the rationale of skin to skin care for mother and baby.
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of lactation and the process of breastfeeding.
  • Describe how our care influences milk production.
  • Describe the basic elements of successful early feedings.
  • Identify the hallmarks of milk transfer and effective breastfeeding.
  • Perform a breastfeeding LATCH score.
  • Identify the special needs of babies born too early.
  • List ways for mothers to maintain and maximize breastmilk production when separated from their babies.
  • List possible medical conditions where breastmilk substitutes may be appropriate for supplementing babies.
  • Discuss practices that can help to avoid unnecessary use of formula.
  • Discuss how and how much to supplement when formula is deemed necessary.
  • Evaluate the current AAP recommendation about infant sleep.
  • Discuss the conflict of the biology of newborns and US parenting culture/rules.
  • List several possible responses when women request formula, nighttime nursery care.
  • Discuss the rationale of restricting pacifier use in the early weeks of breastfeeding.
  • Describe infant feeding cues.
  • Develop a care plan to help a mother with nipple pain, engorgement, infection.
  • Discuss the research that demonstrates the success of implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
  • Discuss the importance of providing protection and support to childbearing women.
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$150.00 for non OHMC staff, includes light continental breakfast; lunch is on your own

Education Credits

  • International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Provider Number: CLT108-4
    • 15 CERPs (13 L & 2 E) (For IBCLCs only)
  • 15 instructional hours on the IBLCE Exam Blueprint (for preparation for first IBLCE exam)
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration, Provider Code EV001
    • 15 CPE hours, Category II (For RDs only)
  • Provider approved by California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number: CEP 14127
    • 15 contact hours (For RNs only)