20 Hour Breastfeeding Training for Health Care Workers

Our 20 hour breastfeeding training is designed to satisfy the “Baby Friendly” Hospital Initiative.
Offered at your site or mine

Are you “Baby Friendly”? This course is designed to fulfill the 20 hours of breastfeeding education clinical and non-clinical staff need to work in a Baby Friendly designated hospital’s birthing center or maternity unit. All of the hospitals/birthing centers in S.E. Michigan are considering obtaining Baby Friendly status and many are actively engaged in this global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Anyone who works with breastfeeding families in a health care setting will benefit from this most recent breastfeeding research and interactive clinical skills workshop. Topics include recommendations from the AAP and WHO, the roles of breastfeeding helpers, assessments, feeding cues, evidence-based methods to help with latching and positioning, potential breastfeeding problems and solutions, hand expression of breastmilk, use of breast pumps and more.

Barbara D. Lennington Robertson, BA, MA, IBCLC, RLC is the owner and operator of the Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor where she provides consultations, support groups and supports a human milk depot for Bronson Hospital. She is an Associate Editor of Clinical Lactation, and has served on the United States Lactation Consultant Association as Director of Professional Development. She is a long-time La Leche Leader an served as co-chair of the Washtenaw County Breastfeeding Coalition.

What is different about Barbara Robertson’s new lactation course?



We promise that you will not sit and just listen to power point lectures for 20 hours.


This extremely interactive course focuses on utilizing techniques research has shown to be effective for adult learning.


In order to truly learn something, you have to use it in some way, not just hear it.


We will do small group work, work with actual mothers and babies, role play, case studies, large group discussions, problem solving, and practice, practice, practice the skills we are using focusing on how to effectively communicate with our families.


With breastfeeding, social and emotional support are just as important as your technical knowledge.

What participants are saying:


“Barbara was so energetic and devoted to breastfeeding that it made me motivated to learn as much as possible. I wish everyone who works with mothers and babies was trained by her and every mother received her care.” — Class Participant

“I feel more confident working with breastfeeding women, and will be a better observer and problem solver.” — Class Participant

We help mothers to nurse by providing them with knowledge and skills they can use to improve their nursing relationship.
No technique will work unless the mother feels confident that she can use theses skills without our help.


20 Hour Breastfeeding Training for Health Care Workers

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