BE07: Breastfeeding After the First Week

US$ 135.00

In this course you will examine the normal progress of the infant to around two years of age, looking at expected growth and development and breastfeeding behavior.
Problems encountered will be viewed in terms of cause, prevention and management strategies. Infant issues include sucking issues, jaundice, excessive crying, intolerances, allergies and reflux, and failure to thrive. Maternal issues include nipple conditions, breast problems, breastmilk supply problems and how to guide a mother during times of separation from her infant.

Access Time:
1 month (starting from time of purchase)
Enrolling in more than 1 course? Time is cumulative ie buy 2 courses, have 2 months access to both courses
12 L CERPs / 12 pre-exam education hours (IBLCE) / 12 CHs
This course is tutored by an experienced Lactation Consultant.

Well-constructed online learning gives you the best of both worlds - quality content that you can work through at your own pace, in your own place, but with a level of personal attention that even rivals face-to-face programs. And, you guessed it, Health e-Learning programs are the BEST of online learning with all these great features:

  • Log in when it suits you 24/7/365
  • Study at your own pace within your enrolment period
    • no formal deadlines, stressful exams or assignments
  • All reading provided or linked
  • Periodic testing of knowledge with fun self-test activities
  • Course facilitation by highly experienced IBCLC tutor
  • Gain valuable support and network with students from all over the world
  • Immediate feedback for final online assessment
    • certificate of completion issued immediately
  • Administrative and technical support available online


A thorough knowledge of breast anatomy, lactation physiology, breastmilk biochemistry, and immunology, with particular skills in supporting positioning and latching of the infant, are strongly recommended. Completion of BreastEd courses BE01, BE02, and BE03 would meet this prerequisite.
Knowledge of normal child growth in terms of motor development, language acquisition, cognitive development, and personality development is highly desirable. This could be acquired from the Health e-Learning course IH03: Child Development and a current, quality textbook on this subject would support your learning.


  • Introduction
    • Introduction
    • Professionalism
    • Record Keeping
    • Letters of summary, referral and reply
  • The First Year or Two
    • Normal progress
    • Infant growth
    • Normal behavior
    • Breastfeeding
    • Weaning
  • Infant Issues
    • Breast refusal
    • Suck confusion
    • Breastmilk jaundice
    • Crying baby: colic, lactose overload, GERD
    • Intolerance, Allergy and Reflux
    • Failure to thrive, Alternative feeding methods (supplemental nursing at the breast, cup feeding, finger feeding, bottle feeding)
  • Maternal Issues
    • Nipple infections
    • Nipple conditions
    • Breast problems
    • Breastmilk supply problems
    • Separation of mother and baby


An active forum, where topical issues may be raised, case studies discussed, questions posed and answered, links to additional information provided, etc, is facilitated by an experienced Lactation Consultant and is an integral part of the course. Reading this forum and contributing to it will enhance your learning and that of your colleagues.

Reading Material

  • All required reading materials and resources are available online.
    • A quality, current lactation text is advisable to augment your studies. Please see our list of recommended resources for further information.
  • Participants are permitted to print one copy of their course for personal use only.
    • If you do wish to print, please be aware that some courses are over 60 pages in length. Please be advised that links to articles and interactive activities are not available in the printed version.

Quality Assurance

  • Original course author: Denise Fisher, MMP, BN, IBCLC
  • Course updates by: Carole Dobrich, B.Sc., RN, IBCLC
    Reviewed by: Melanie Gingras, BScN, IBCLC, Kristina Palmer-Field, RN, RM, BA, IBCLC
  • All courses are reviewed annually, as well as being updated as new knowledge becomes available.


This course aims to assist you to recognize and facilitate the normal progress of infant feeding from the first week postpartum until beyond weaning, and to prevent problems related to breast/chest feeding, recognize them when they do occur and manage them effectively.


On successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • write a professional report to another health professional regarding your client,
  • identify growth and development milestones and feeding behavior expected at various ages and demonstrate how to use growth assessment tools such as percentile charts and scales,
  • list the developmental milestones to be achieved before complementary feeding is commenced,
  • refer mothers/parents to articles discussing the normal age for weaning; and outline maternal and infant strategies to wean an infant prematurely,
  • list common causes of breast refusal and relate the advice you would give to assist with this,
  • list signs, symptoms and management of breastmilk jaundice,
  • display an educational poster about pacifier/dummy use that they have developed,
  • list causes and feeding management of common infant gastrointestinal conditions, such as colic, lactose malabsorption, and gastroesophageal reflux,
  • list the four most important steps to take when planning care for an infant who is failing to thrive
  • outline the teaching points to be covered when demonstrating or supervising safe preparation of powdered artificial infant formula
  • demonstrate how to teach tube-feeding at the breast, finger feed, cup feed and bottle feed an infant,
  • list four clinical strategies recommended for eczema on the areola, nipple vasospasm, or a nipple bleb,
  • list at least three important points to be made under the headings effective milk removal, supportive measures, pain relief, and antibiotics related to mastitis,
  • list possible causes and develop a plan of care to manage insufficient milk supply, and
  • identify the issues to discuss with a mother/parent who is returning to the workforce.


Achievement of the learning objectives is assessed by automatically graded, online, multiple-choice questions. A passing grade is 80% - 85%.

A Workbook, downloaded from the course, is not required to be submitted, but completion will aid learning and provide an excellent resource.

On successfully completing this course, you will be able to download, save and print your Certificate of Completion. Your Certificate will note ongoing education accreditation points.


On successful completion of this course you will be awarded:

  • 12 L CERPs*
  • 12 Professional Development Education hours*
  • 12 CH

*Please see our Accreditation table for the most up-to-date accreditation numbers

For IBLCE examination preparation, this course provides 12 pre-exam education hours.

Do we offer CEUs? Need other types of accreditation? Please see our Accreditation FAQ for more information.


  1. This course is facilitated by an experienced International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
  2. The course is available as a one-month subscription commencing on the day of notification to you of your username and password.
  3. The subscription time is cumulative - for example, if you purchase 8 courses - you receive 8 months' access to all 8 courses.
  4. The subscription time may be extended by purchasing extensions, but must be purchased before the subscription expiry date.
  5. The average time taken to complete this course and the assessment is 12 hours.
  6. On successful completion, your Certificate will be available to you in pdf format from the course website and emailed to you.
  7. Replacement certificates can be obtained for a fee, however we maintain an official transcript that is available free for all customers to download at any time.

Fees and Payments

  • Enrollments are accepted online, or upon receipt of a faxed or mailed enrollment form (available on request).
  • Payments online are available via credit cards through either PSiGate or PayPal gateways.
  • The cost is US$135.00 per course.
  • Additional fees, that are out of our control, may be charged by your bank to convert this to your local currency.
  • Please see our Payments FAQ for more information.

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