Lactation Consultant Course

Course Coordinator and Main Lecturer:

Dr Gina Weissman, DMD, IBCLC, RN.

120 Theoretical academic hours

 80 Clinical academic hours



IntroductionGetting to know each otherCourse Goals and Tasks

Testing our prior knowledge

Maternal and Infant Anatomy for Breastfeeding

The effects of birth on breastfeeding. Breastfeeding after cesarean birth.Breastfeeding in the delivery room, the magic of skin-to-skin.

The effects of hospital procedure on breastfeeding.

Anatomy of the infant's mouth and Physiology of SuckingHow milk is produced:Physiology of Breastfeeding  


Breastfeeding Management for success: techniques and rhythmsBreastfeeding Positioning, Infant latch on the breast and preventing nipple pain.  
The baby that won't latch:Reasons and first steps to protect breastfeeding.Lactation Aids: Supplementing breastfeeding in the first days after birth.

Silicon Nipples- the why and how of proper use.




Signs of successful breastfeeding, How to know that baby is eating enough.Observation and estimating breastfeeding.Delayed Lactogenesis: Diagnosis and treatment  



Communication Skills: The key to successful breastfeeding counseling  


Breast Pumps: Correct usage and how to pump efficiently.How to store breast milk.Breastfeeding twins  


Thrush of the nipple and in the baby's mouth.  
Special challenges of continued breastfeeding: Mastitis, Clogged Ducts, Abscess, Wounds, Painful and cracked nipples, Reynaud's Syndrome and Vasospasms, Blebs  
Breastfeeding and Breast Milk for PremiesMilk Banks
Breastfeeding and MedicationsThe changing needs of a growing nursling, nursing toddlers and weaning.

Preparation for the Final Exam

Biochemical composition of breast milk, including immunology,and the disadvantages of never breastfeeding.Breastfeeding preparation during pregnancy  


Diseases in the nursing infant and mother which affect breastfeeding.Hypoglycemia and the breastfed infant.Going back to work and continued breastfeeding.

Nutrition for the breastfeeding mother and galactogogues (herbs to increase milk production).

Supplements for breastfeeding mothers (lecithin, vitamin B, etc).

Introducing solid foods to the breastfed baby.

Final Projects must be declared

Final Exam

The International code for advertising baby formulas.

Breast surgery and difficulties in breastfeeding.

Exam ReviewFeedback Forms

End of Course Party!