Breastfeeding: Getting Off To A Good Start

PCEO Region II

Breastfeeding: Getting Off To A Good Start

This course will provide comprehensive, up-to-date, practical information for those who care for breastfeeding moms and babies. Topics include skin-to-skin, position and latch, hand expression and alternative feeding methods, the reality of caring for new breastfeeding dyads: possible scenarios and solutions, breastfeeding the late preterm, preterm, and at-risk infant, expectations for the first week (what’s normal and what’s not) and hands-on skills/techniques.


  1. List the nine instinctive stages and the importance of skin-to-skin for all newborns.
  2. Demonstrate hand expression.
  3. Demonstrate position and latch techniques.
  4. Describe normal versus at risk issues and how to manage them.
  5. Describe normal feeding cues and sleep patterns of the neonate.
  6. Examine and discuss equipment which may be used by the breastfeeding mother.
  7. Describe differences in breastfeeding the late term and preterm infant versus the term baby.
  8. Describe differences in breastfeeding infants with special problems.
  9. Discuss common problems of the breastfeeding dyad.
  10. Discuss the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding”.

Contact Hours: 7.5
Kettering Health is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Louisiana State Nurses AssociationApprover, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity is jointly provided by Kettering Health & PCEO.

Faculty: Region II IBCLCs.
Target Audience: Perinatal nurses and pediatric nurses working with breastfeeding moms and babies.