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Simkin Center: 2024 Foundations for Best Practice in Lactation Care, MAR 25-29 (in-person)

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Full course description

Course Date and Time

March 25-29, 2024


This workshop is in-person, at Bastyr Seattle Campus

14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028


Monday, March 25, 2024, 8:00am-5:30pm PST
Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 8:00am-5:30pm PST
Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 8:00am-5:30pm PST
Thursday, March 28, 2024, 8:00am-5:30pm PST
Friday, March 29, 2024, 8:00am-5:30pm PST


Course Details

This workshop is an in-person, five-day core program to begin practice in evidence-based breastfeeding and lactation care. This course is for anyone working with postpartum parents and their newborns and/or is beginning the process of becoming a lactation consultant (IBCLC). In this course you learn to provide accurate, current and consistent information about breastfeeding and lactation and to support new families in feeding their babies from birth through the weaning process.


Bastyr University health and safety protocols are followed for all in-person trainings. If you have any questions regarding this training or attending in-person classes at Bastyr University, please call us at 425-602-3378.


To review the Simkin Center refund and cancellation policy visit (scroll down to Registration Policies). Please note our policy indicates a processing fee will be charged for any cancellations, transfers, make-ups, and/or refunds.


The Curriculum

·         Talking to Pregnant Women about Feeding their Babies: Breastfeeding Promotion

·         Culture: Belief or Best Practice or Both?

·         Prenatal Assessment for Breastfeeding: What to Look for in the Physical Exam

·         The Wonders of Human Milk: Why Breastmilk and Breastfeeding Matter

·         Human Milk and the Development of the Immune System: Consequences of Formula Feeding

·         Getting Families Started Breastfeeding: Evidence-Based Care

·         Position and Attachment for First Feedings: Evidence or Opinion?

·         Normal Breastfeeding Patterns and Growth and Development: The Baby 0-3 Months Old

·         The Anatomy and Hormones of Milk Production: The Influence of Early Care

·         Challenging Feedings: Good Problem Solving

·         Early Clinical Challenges: Nipple Pain Beyond Physiologic Nipple and Breast Infection

·         Common Questions about Nutrition During Lactation

·         Caring For Babies Who are Born Early: Breastfeeding the Preterm, Very Preterm Infant

·         Common Questions about Medications During Lactation

·         The Late Preterm and "Supposedly" Term Infant: Now Official "Early Term" Somewhere Between Term & Preterm Infants

·         Tools and Techniques of the Trade

·         Non-Infectious Mastitis: Engorgement, Plugged Ducts Chronic Inflammation

·         Safe Sleep and the Conflict with Biology and Culture

·         Growth and Development: 3-6 Months Old

·         Caring for the Infant with Hyperbilirubinemia: What Role Does Breastfeeding Play?

·         Insufficient Milk Volumes & Slow Gaining Infants: Is it Intake or Supply? (3 hours)

·         Relationships in the Breastfeeding Family

·         Breastfeeding Women Who Return to Work: Describe Some of the Challenges of Breastfeeding and Working Outside the Home

·         Breastfeeding Six Months and Beyond: The Biologic End of Breastfeeding


All Topics from the IBCLC Detailed Content Outline, Technical Reports & Studies are covered.


Modules Learning Objectives are available at:


Course Notes
Certificates of completion are issued only to students present for all sessions and who complete all required work before the end of the workshop. There is no pre-coursework.


Required Text

There is no required textbook for this course


Recommended Reading
There are many excellent reference books available. If you wish to purchase books before the course, we can recommend starting with one of the following:


“Breastfeeding and Human Lactation” by Karen Wambach and Becky Spencer (6th Edition) 

“Breastfeeding Answers” by Nancy Mohrbacher (2020)

“Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession” by Ruth Lawrence, MD and Robert Lawrence, MD (6th Edition), (this book is very "medical" in its writing and message)



Instructional hours in topics on IBLCE Detailed Content Outline  45 Hours 

California Board of Registered Nursing , Provider Number: CEP 141275  45 Contact Hours

International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Provider Number: CLT108-4  45 L CERPs

All Evergreen Perinatal Education LLC courses follow the IBCLC Detailed Content Outline. Evergreen Perinatal Education has been accepted by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) as a CERP provider for the listed Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) programme. Determination of CERPs eligibility or CERPs Provider status does not imply IBLCE®’s endorsement or assessment of education quality.


The Simkin Center Foundations for Best Practice in Lactation Care workshop is led by board-certified lactation consultants:

Molly Pessl BSN, IBCLC and faculty


Contact Us
(425) 602-3378
Simkin Center | Bastyr University