Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding Basics training provides didactic and hands-on learning opportunities regarding normal breastfeeding and common challenges with the breastfeeding dyad; utilizing evidenced-based practices that promote successful breastfeeding and client centered services when communicating with breastfeeding families. Application of knowledge learned will be used during the small group activities and case studies regarding common breastfeeding challenges.

This training is consistent with Accreditation Criteria/Management Evaluation (ACME) criteria.

Please note that there have been some changes made to the Breastfeeding Basics training.
All staff will attend the first two days of training together. The third day of training (for PC/CPA/others) will focus on clinical skills.

Clerks/Techs will attend two ½ day trainings (8:30 am – 12:30 pm). Before COVID-19 and the change to virtual trainings, this training was in person for one whole day.


Peer Counselors/ CPAs and everyone else will attend three ½ days trainings (8:30 – 12:30 pm). Before the change to virtual trainings, this training was in person for two whole days.

Registration Fee


Virtual Agenda

Please log-on to the Zoom link 10-15 minutes before the training to ensure that your technology is working. Cameras and mics are required.

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day

WIC Virtual Training Binder

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2021 Dates & Locations

Please register according to your role for your selected training date.

January 13-14, 2021
Virtual Training
Registration closed

March 9-11, 2021
Virtual Training
Registration closes March 3, 2021

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May 4-6, 2021
Virtual Training
Registration close April 28, 2021

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September 14-16, 2021
Virtual Training
Registration closes September 8, 2021

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Breastfeeding Basics will provide information on the normal course of breastfeeding and an opportunity to develop and practice skills in breastfeeding promotion and support. This training will enhance participant’s comfort level in talking about breastfeeding with families and colleagues. Easy and practical approaches for assisting mothers with common breastfeeding challenges will also be included. The participants will use the knowledge and skills gained during this training by returning to their place of employment and their community with greater understanding about why breastfeeding promotion is important. They will be able to confidently identify normal breastfeeding situations and problem solve common breastfeeding challenges.

  • Discuss how personal attitudes and perception impact breastfeeding education.
  • List reasons to breastfeed as well as the risks of not breastfeeding.
  • Identify common myths and misperceptions about breastfeeding
  • Describe normal breast development and changes in relationship to pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Identify ways to support breastfeeding from pregnancy to weaning.
  • List Evidence-based Maternity Care Practices that help promote successful initiation of breastfeeding.
  • Describe how infant’s position and latch can effect breastfeeding success.
  • Identify rapport building techniques that establish a positive relationship with pregnant and breastfeeding women.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use client-centered services when communicating with or counseling women.
  • List common issues that arise with breastfeeding as well as strategies mothers can use to address them.

This training provides continuing education hours for Nurses and Certified Lactation Consultants. A Certificate of Attendance with educational hours will be provided for healthcare professionals who can self-report. If you have questions, please contact

  • Alice Christensen
  • Stacy Davis
  • Kalli Fortune-Ball
  • Nancy Heyns
  • Heidi Maki
  • Keva Williams
  • CPA (required within 1 year)
  • RD/RDN (required within 1 year)
  • Health Educator (required within 1 year)
  • Coordinator (required within 1 year)
  • NE Coordinator (required within 1 year)
  • Breastfeeding Coordinator (required within 1 year)
  • Peer Counselor Manager (required within 1 year)
  • Peer Counselor (required within 6 months)
  • Senior Peer Counselor (required within 1 year)

Quiet nursing babies under 6 months are welcome to attend the training. Older nursing children are welcome at nursing times.

In the event that this training reaches the maximum number of registrants prior to the registration deadline, priority will be given in the following order: WIC Staff and Peer Counselors; MIHP Staff, Nurse Family Partnership and Early Headstart; Dietetic Interns; all others. If there is available seating after the registration deadline, registrations will be taken in order of receipt regardless of priority listing. All participants registering in advance will receive a Participant Reminder with the training details. If you do not receive a confirmation email prior to the event, or if you have any questions regarding registration, please contact MPHI at (517) 324-8330.
This policy is available for you to read during the registration process under “Terms and Conditions” prior to submitting your registration.