Course Objectives

This is the most in depth intro to breastfeeding course out there. This workshop is great for midwifery students, postpartum nurses, and those wishing to teach breastfeeding basics in their communities. This course involves 6 hours of live, interactive sessions, as well as resources for self-study.

Includes a clinical skills component for those who work in a clinical setting (nurses, community healthcare workers, and midwifery students) or for those who have more than 2 years of peer counseling experience.

Course offered by Kira Kim

at Boston Area Lactation Connection

Kira Kim (IBCLC, CLE) is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice serving families on the North Shore of MA. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Public health and has studied out-of-hospital based midwifery care through Mercy in Action and the Massachusetts Midwives Alliance.

Marrying her love of birth with lactation, her clinical interest is in the influence of fetal positioning during labor and birth on early breastfeeding success. In addition to providing in-home lactation care, she teaches prenatal breastfeeding for parents, breastfeeding basics classes to doulas and midwives, and runs a small group for female identifying individuals on the topic of emotional blocks to sexual satisfaction.

When she is not immersed in all things lactation, she volunteers her time to causes related to reproductive justice as well as those that serve to increase diversity in the lactation field. Whether she is helping new families navigate the early days or teaching birthworkers and parents, she is passionate about connecting with other people and encouraging them to spread their knowledge to others. She lives by the beach with her husband, their four rambunctious kids, and an old, lazy cat.

Course Topics

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • This history of breastfeeding in the United States

  • Cultural competency and counseling skills

  • The first hour postpartum

  • The impact of birth on breastfeeding

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • What exactly is a good latch

  • Sore nipples and breasts

  • Medical conditions that might require advanced clinical care

  • Structural issues in the nursing parent and/or the infant

  • When to reach out for help

Course Dates

Two 3 hour virtual sessions

Please see the BALC website for upcoming dates

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This course will give you the tools to teach breastfeeding basics in your communities.