WIC Breastfeeding Trainings

Sponsored by: Health and Human Services (HHS) Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program and Texas Association of Local WIC Directors (TALWD)

The Texas WIC Program offers breastfeeding courses to prepare health-care professionals to support breastfeeding women and infants. We believe that a positive, proactive approach to breastfeeding promotion and support is achieved through team effort. We encourage all health-care workers who work with breastfeeding women and infants to attend these trainings.

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In-Person Breastfeeding Classes

The Texas WIC Program collaborates with the Texas Association of Local WIC Directors (TALWD) to provide current, evidence-based lactation education to ensure consistent, accurate information across all levels of health care professionals.

Based on feedback from attendees, we have developed new classes with less lecture time and more interaction throughout the day. These new classes will be launched in July and August 2019. The Principles of Lactation Management (POLM) and Lactation Counseling and Problem Solving (LCPS) classes will no longer be offered.

TALWD handles all registration aspects of the in-person breastfeeding classes. Credit card payments are accepted online and payment is expected at the time of registration. Available classes can be found at www.TALWD.org.

Courses Available

  • Lactation Principles (LP) is a one-day course addressing the fundamentals of breastfeeding, baby behavior and counseling which utilizes various case studies and activities to enhance learning. No pre-requisite to attend.
  • Advanced Lactation Management (ALM) is a two-day course addressing advanced breastfeeding concerns. Knowledge gained during lectures will prompt participants to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills learned in both classes to case studies and various skill-based activities. Pre-requisite: Principles of Lactation Management OR Lactation Principles no more than 3 years prior.
  • Clinical Lactation Practicum (CLP) is a two-day course providing an opportunity for direct observation of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). This opportunity is free and offered to current Texas WIC employees only. Pre-requisites: POLM or the new Lactation Principles class AND LCPS or the new Advanced Lactation Management class no more than 5 years prior.
  • Clinical Lactation Skills for RNs is a one-day course and provides an opportunity for direct observation, instruction, and hands-on demonstration of breastfeeding support and counseling. Students shadow experienced outpatient-based IBCLCs over the period of one full day in a Lactation Support clinic.
  • If you have questions regarding registration or payment, contact TALWD.

Online Classes

We offer several classes online including Breastfeeding Management and Breastfeeding the Compromised Infant, that you can take at your own pace! More courses will be added, so be sure to check back often.

To learn more or to register for online courses:

Physician’s Breastfeeding Course

General Information

We provide the class, instructor, materials, and continuing education (CE) contact hours at no cost to you, your facility, or attendees. There may be times when a class cannot be scheduled when requested due to conflicts with the physician instructors' schedule. We may also try to schedule 2 or more requests together or use available technology to provide a class.

We ask for a cost-free location, LCD projector, laptop, and approximately 20 physicians in attendance; however other healthcare professionals may attend. For more rural locations, the required number of physicians may be lowered. HHSC reserves the right to cancel due to low enrollment.

The host will be responsible for receiving and disseminating the class materials and CE paperwork and must remain in the class to monitor attendance. This ensures compliance with the continuing education regulations on attendance requirements.

You may choose to charge a fee to cover the costs of providing a meal or refreshments but please keep the cost minimal. Our classes may not be used as a fundraiser for your institution. Any food provided cannot be sponsored by a for-profit company with a commercial interest due to a potential conflict of interest.

Product-promotion material or product-specific advertisement of any type is prohibited in or during the CE activity. Promotional materials cannot be displayed or distributed in the education space immediately before, during or after a CE activity. Commercial Interests may not engage in sales or promotional activities while in the space or place of the CE activity.

A flyer will be generated to use for advertising the class to your staff and other hospitals or clinics in your area that may be interested in attending.

Purpose

The goal of this conference is to provide health-care providers with an update on breastfeeding management, focusing on scientific research-based practices which are supportive of successful breastfeeding, postpartum influences on breastfeeding, and maternal medications.

Registration fee

Varied

Instructors

Pamela Berens, M.D., IBCLC
Professor and Vice Chair of Clinic Affairs
Department of OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences
UT Health Science Center Medical School
Houston, Texas

Emma A. Omoruyi, MD, MPH, FAAP
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
University of Texas Medical School
Houston, Texas

Continuing Education Contact Hours

You must attend the entire course in order to receive continuing education contact hours. No partial credit will be given. Anyone arriving 10 minutes after the presentation has begun or leaving prior to class completion will not be eligible for contact hours or a certificate of attendance.

Continuing education credit/contact hours for the events are provided by The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service and include the following:

Continuing Medical Education

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service has awarded 1.50 contact hours of Continuing Nursing Education.

Social Workers

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service under sponsor number CS3065, expiration date December 31, 2017, has been approved by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (1-800-232-3162) to offer continuing education contact hours to social workers. The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service has awarded 1.50 contact hours of Continuing Social Work Education.

Certified Health Education Specialists

Sponsored by The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.50 total entry-level Category I contact education contact hours.

Certificate of Attendance

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service has designated 1.50 hours for attendance.

Lactation Consultants/Exam Candidates

1.5 L-CERPs allocated by IBLCE. 1.5 instructional hours in topics on the IBLCE Exam Blueprint. IBLCE Provider Approval Number CLT113-15.

Supporting Breastfeeding When Challenges Occur

This class is good for a mixed audience of Obstetricians and Pediatricians.

Agenda

1.5 hour class

  • Birthing, Breastfeeding, and Physician Support
  • Skin to Skin Contact
  • Hospital Practices that may Impact Breastfeeding Success
  • Managing Breastfeeding Complications
  • Contraceptives and Breastfeeding

The Ten Steps: Evidence-Based Care to Support the Mother Baby Dyad, Steps 1-4

This class is geared more toward Obstetricians but can be attended by any physician or healthcare professional.

Agenda

1.5 hour class

  • Importance of Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding Education for Staff and Patients
  • Skin to Skin Contact
  • Role of the Obstetrician in Supporting Breastfeeding

The Ten Steps: Evidence-Based Care to Support the Mother Baby Dyad, Steps 5-10

This class is geared more toward Pediatricians but can be attended by any physician or healthcare professional.

Agenda

1.5 hour class

  • The Evidence behind Exclusive Breastfeeding Hospital Practices and Their Impact on Breastfeeding
  • Role of the Pediatrician in Supporting Breastfeeding
  • Medications and Lactation

Schedule

As dates, locations, and registration information is confirmed, the website will be updated. Please check back.

To schedule a class or if you have questions, please contact Missy Hammer 512-341-4457.

Helpful Documents

Questions?

Peer Counseling or the Peer Counselor Management class:

Asia Sartor, Peer Counselor Coordinator, 512-341-4505.

Continuing education contact hours, certificates, content or scheduling:

Missy Hammer, 512-341-4457.