Why do Offices and Communities need trained Breastfeeding Champions?
Why is this course appropriate for such a wide range of Breastfeeding Supporters?
Can the Outpatient Breastfeeding Champion (OBC) take the place of a lactation consultant?
What is the difference between OBC Training and Baby Friendly Training?
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was created by the World Health Organization and UNICEF in the late 1980’s. The BFHI is based on the fact that appropriate, evidence-based breastfeeding support in the first few days after birth is crucial for moms to breastfeed successfully. In many countries successful breastfeeding has markedly decreased the infant mortality rate. This initiative, which trains hospital staff to support breastfeeding so that moms leave the hospital with the proper knowledge, skills and confidence to nurse their babies, is now sweeping the country.
However, after moms and babies leave the hospital, moms and families usually need to seek their own support for questions, concerns, and problems concerning breastfeeding. Mothers might talk to their friends and family, attend community drop-in groups, hire a private lactation consultant or see a hospital-based lactation consultant.The medical home is the obvious next place that support should occur, but families typically don’t think of their doctor’s office as the best place to receive breastfeeding advice. In 2011, the United States Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, put out a Call to Action for Breastfeeding Support, urging communities to develop ways to enhance breastfeeding support in order to raise breastfeeding rates. The development of the OBC Program is in response to the Surgeon General's call to action. The OBC curriculum teaches the science of breastfeeding management during those first few days postpartum, but focuses on breastfeeding topics and issues that arise after the family leaves the hospital, through the next few years and beyond until the baby weans.
How does OBC Training differ from CLC and CLS Training?
Do trainees receive certificates and continuing education credits?
How much does OBC Training cost?
What does a trainee receive?
- An electronic version of IABLE telephone breastfeeding triage tools which can be incorporated into electronic medical records systems or used in paper records.
- Breastfeeding education handouts.
- Copies of the powerpoint lectures.
- The Outpatient Breastfeeding Champion Curriculum Book written by IABLE.
- A 3 year membership to IABLE, which includes membership to IABLE listserv, updates on our triage tools and breastfeeding education handouts, access to our video clips, and other educational resources.