Becoming Baby Friendly


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Our 20 hour breastfeeding training is designed to satisfy the “Baby Friendly” Hospital Initiative.

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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:

    1. Recommendations from the AAP and WHO
    2. Benefits of breastfeeding
    3. The roles of lactation supporters
    4. Mother and infant assessment
    5. Feeding cues
    6. Evidence-based methods to help with latching and positioning
    7. Potential breastfeeding problems and solutions
    8. Hand expression of breastmilk
    9. Use of breast pumps and more.


Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC, has been involved in education for over 30 years. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1988 and her Master’s in Education in 1995. Barbara left teaching elementary students in 1995 to raise her two children. Barbara is now the Director of The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor. Barbara has developed a 90 hour professional lactation training, a 20 hour course which fulfills the "Baby Friendly" education requirements, and is a speaker for hire on a wide variety of topics including Motivational Interviewing.  Barbara volunteered for the United States Lactation Consultation Association as the Director of Professional Development for 4.5 years.  She just retired as Associate Editor for Clinical Lactation, a journal she helped create for USLCA. Barbara has free podcasts, a blog, and Youtube videos which can all be found on her website She has written many articles and created a phone app for working and breastfeeding mothers. She loves working with mothers and babies, helping them with breastfeeding problems in whatever way she can.

What's Different About This 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.