Pre-conference Session

breastfeeding support training

October 1 - 2, 2018 | Richmond, BC

Session Description

Breastfeeding: Navigating the Milky Way

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a lifelong difference in the health of your community?  A well-informed, client-centered supporter has the potential to influence breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity and duration.

Acquire practical skills to share with families on their breastfeeding journey where learning and practice build confidence and make breastfeeding feel natural.

  • Set the scene for success – key prenatal information and preparation
  • Starting strong – early initiation of breastfeeding, skin-to-skin care, hand-expression
  • Support self-efficacy – effective position, latch, recognizing thriving
  • Staying out of trouble -  early challenges, feeding difficulties, low and abundant supply

Participants with full attendance will receive a Certificate of Completion for 11 hours of education.


Day 1 - Monday, October 1st: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Registration opens at 8:30 AM)
Day 2 - Tuesday, October 2nd: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Coffee and tea provided for morning and afternoon breaks - lunch is not provided.

Bring to Session

Registrants are to bring a soft-bodied doll to class.

About the instructor

Marianne Brophy is a lactation consultant (IBCLC, 1990) working with breastfeeding families, peer supporters, doulas, and health care professionals. She has a private practice and also facilitates a busy family resource centre-based breastfeeding and postpartum adjustment group. She is the recipient of the 2017 Catalyst of Change Award from the BC Association of Family Resource Programs.

She is a part-time instructor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program.  She is co-author of the Breastfeeding: Making a Difference Courses for Health Professionals and “train the trainer” courses for clinical educators in four provinces in Canada. She was honored to teach the breastfeeding component for the BC Aboriginal Doula Pilot Program.

As a Baby-Friendly Initiative Consultant and Lead Assessor, Marianne supports systems level transformation and the implementation of evidence-based best practice. She leads hospital and community health facility BFI accreditation teams nationally, and is a past chair of the board of the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC) and representative to the WHO/UNICEF Network for BFHI Coordinators in Industrialized Countries.

Marianne’s passion is providing accessible information to enhance confidence and self-efficacy in breastfeeders and their care providers, thus promoting optimal breastfeeding and health outcomes for all families.

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