BE10: Breastfeeding and Public Health

Price US135.00

Evolution of Breastfeeding as a Public Health Issue traces the way breastfeeding has been practiced, prescribed, regulated and thought about from ancient times to the present day in an interesting time-line format. This course provides food for thought about the political, social and economic issues which threaten breastfeeding and  local, national and international initiatives to protect, promote and support it.

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 sound knowledge of the detrimental effect of infant formula on babies and mothers. Completion of BE01: Breastmilk: Composition and Function would achieve this.


  1. Ancient history to modern history.
    • Early myths and legends
    • Early medical writers and laws
    • Medieval Europe and the spread of medical knowledge
    • Origins of pediatrics and innovations in breastmilk substitutes
  2. Beginning to protect, promote and support breastfeeding
    • 1920s - 1950s: ILO maternity protection; marketing of artificial feeding; baby food production; Milk and Murder; LaLeche League
    • 1960s: Mother-to-mother support grows; Commerciogenic malnutrition
    • 1970s: All-time low for breastfeeding; Nestle trial; Codex alimentarius; Nestle boycott; Declaration of Alma Ata; IBFAN
  3. Protection, promotion and support in the International Agenda
    • 1980 - 1984: WHO Code; Formula composition; Complementary foods
    • 1985 - 1989: IBLCE and ILCA formed; end to free formula supplies; 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding; Convention on Rights of the Child
    • 1990s: Innocenti Declaration; WABA; BFHI; World Breastfeeding Week; Mother Friendly Workplace; 6 months exclusive breastfeeding; impact of HIV; Baby Friendly Community Initiative
  4. Protection, promotion and support in the New Millennium
    • UN Millennium Development Goals; HHS Blueprint; Healthy People 2010; Global Initiative for Mother Support; Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding; US National breastfeeding awareness campaign; WHO Growth Charts


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

  • Author of original version: Denise Fisher, MMP, BN, IBCLC
    Substantial revision 2010: Elise Chapin, IBCLC
  • Reviewed by subject matter experts: Barbara Ash, MA, IBCLC and Bridget Ingle, IBCLC
  • Courses are reviewed annually, as well as having new information added when it becomes known.


The aim of this course is to give you an appreciation of the passage of breastfeeding in historical and cultural context and to broaden your understanding of how infant feeding choice is influenced by attitudes of individuals and communities, and how these are in turn molded by industry and politics for financial gain at the expense of the mother and baby.


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

  • demonstrate an understanding of the placement of breastfeeding in an historical, cultural and religious context
  • relate a brief history of infant formula appearance, development and composition
  • evaluate the influence of formula promotion
  • access the WHO Code on the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, and apply it to clinical situations
  • list their professional responsibilities in upholding the provisions of the WHO Code
  • access the Innocenti Declaration and discuss the major points covered by this document
  • list the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, and explain the application of each in the clinical setting
  • describe the Baby Friendly Hospitals Initiative and its role in changing hospital practices
  • identify and evaluate their the attitudes to breastfeeding within their own community
  • list the international breastfeeding advocacy organizations and their roles in breastfeeding protection


Achievement of the learning objectives is assessed by automatically graded, online, multiple-choice questions. A passing grade is 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 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.
  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 using either PayPal or WorldPay 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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