Breastfeeding Supplies Competency Training

May 22 – August 11, 2017

The Breastfeeding Supplies Competency Training (BSCT) is an online, faculty guided, self-paced training with hands-on activities. It will help you understand how to assemble, use and clean breastfeeding supplies and the situations when the supplies should and should not be used. In addition, you will review tips and guidance to help you provide a client and breastfeeding friendly teaching session. During the BSCT, you will have the opportunity to work with your Regional Breastfeeding Coordinator to learn about and practice with the breastfeeding supplies, including those that are not available in your agency.

Needs and Target Audience

The Breastfeeding Supplies Competency Training (BSCT) is designed for – and registration is limited to – staff of the North Carolina Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) who issue breastfeeding supplies to WIC Program participants. The goal of the BSCT is to assure that NC WIC Program staff who issue breastfeeding supplies are knowledgeable about these supplies and have the skills for issuing them.

When used correctly and carefully, breastfeeding supplies can support and protect a breastfeeding relationship. However, when they are used inappropriately, breastfeeding supplies can injure breastfeeding women and lead to termination of breastfeeding. Participation in the BSCT will not only strengthen knowledge of the use and care of the supplies, it will remind WIC Program staff of their responsibilities under the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing Breast-Milk Substitutes (WHO Code), the North Carolina WIC Program policies on the issuance of breastfeeding supplies and important topics to teach WIC Program participants about breastfeeding supplies.

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Format

This course offers you a unique opportunity to learn at your own pace. Depending on the number of units you are assigned, you will be given five to ten weeks to complete the online portion of the Breastfeeding Supplies Competency Training (BSCT). An instructor will guide you through the self-paced online study and hands-on activities and your Regional Breastfeeding Coordinator (RBC) will provide you with opportunities to learn about and practice with the breastfeeding supplies.

A variety of methods and media are used in the BSCT such as synchronized audio/slide presentations, case studies, role-play activities and handouts. Multiple learning activities in each unit target the important skills you will need to advance your knowledge of breastfeeding supplies and how to issue them. Learners will have access to the BSCT instructor via email and access to other learners via online forums for sharing ideas and asking questions.

Completion of the BSCT will take approximately four to six hours per week, although this will vary with each student. We encourage you to work with your supervisor to block at least four hours each week away from clinic and other obligations to work on the BSCT.

After passing the online portions of your assigned units, you will be asked to demonstrate issuance of those breastfeeding supplies to your RBC. For example, if you are assigned Units 1 (Issuing Breastfeeding Supplies to North Carolina WIC Program Participants), 2 (Single-User Manual Breast Pumps) and 3 (Single-User Electric Breast Pumps), and pass each unit, you would demonstrate issuance of single-user manual breast pumps and single-user electric breast pumps to your RBC. A successful demonstration of issuance is the final step in the training process for each type of supply.

For more information about the technical requirements of the online portion of the BSCT, please review the System Requirements section below. Technical support will be provided to students during the training.

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Units

The BSCT contains seven units.

Unit 1: Issuing Breastfeeding Supplies to WIC Program Participants

Target Audience: All NC WIC Program staff. NOTE: All BSCT students must pass Unit 1 before they may work on any additional units.

Description: Provides general information related to issuing breastfeeding supplies, such as the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing Breast-Milk Substitutes (WHO Code), the North Carolina WIC Program policies regarding breastfeeding supplies, important topics to include in teaching sessions and tips for teaching WIC Program participants.

Unit 2: Single-User Manual Breast Pumps

Target Audience: All NC WIC Program staff who issue these breast pumps.

Description: Discusses the appropriate use and care of the manual breast pumps offered by the North Carolina WIC Program.

Unit 3: Single-User Electric Breast Pumps

Target Audience: All NC WIC Program staff who issue these breast pumps.

Description: Discusses the appropriate use and care of the single-user electric breast pumps offered by the North Carolina WIC Program.

Unit 4: Multi-User Breast Pumps

Target Audience: All NC WIC Program staff who issue these breast pumps.

Description: Discusses the appropriate use and care of all of the multi-user electric breast pumps offered by the North Carolina WIC Program and the Medela PedalPump.

Unit 5: Breast Pads and Breast Shells

Target Audience: All NC WIC Program health professionals who issue breast pads and breast shells. Breastfeeding Peer Counselors who issue breast pads.

Description: Discusses the appropriate use and care of breast pads and breast shells, which are part of the single-user special breastfeeding aids allowed for issuance by the North Carolina WIC Program. NOTE: Health professionals will demonstrate issuance of breast pads and breast shells to their Regional Breastfeeding Coordinators. Breastfeeding Peer Counselors will only demonstrate issuance of breast pads.

Unit 6: Nipple Shields

Target Audience: All NC WIC Program health professionals who issue nipple shields.

Description: Discusses the appropriate use and care of nipple shields, which are part of the single-user special breastfeeding aids allowed for issuance by the North Carolina WIC Program.

Unit 7: Supplemental Feeding Devices

Target Audience: All NC WIC Program health professionals who issue supplemental feeding devices.

Description: Discusses the appropriate use and care of supplemental feeding devices, which are part of the single-user special breastfeeding aids allowed for issuance by the North Carolina WIC Program.

IMPORTANT:

  • If you are the Breastfeeding Coordinator for your agency, you are expected to successfully complete all of the units.
  • If you are a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, you may not issue breast shells, nipple shields or supplemental feeding devices, so do not need to participate in Unit 5 (Breast Pads & Breast Shells), Unit 6 (Nipple Shields) or Unit 7 (Supplemental Feeding Devices). If you issue breast pads, you may participate in Unit 5 but will only demonstrate issuance of breast pads.
  • If you are not the breastfeeding coordinator for your agency, you need only complete Unit 1 and any of the additional units that apply to the types of breastfeeding supplies you issue to North Carolina WIC Program participants.
  • Part time staff or others who have extreme time constraints are encouraged to complete the units they need in two or more sessions of the BSCT. If interested, please email the course instructor for guidance on this option.

Selection of Units

When you complete your online application, you will be able to select the units that you want to complete in this session. You may have already done the activities and tests in a  previous session and only need to do the demonstrations of issuance in this session. So for Units 2 through 7 you will see the following options: Unit 2, Unit 2D, Unit 3, Unit 3D, Unit 4 , Unit 4D, Unit 5, Unit 5D, Unit 6, Unit 6D, Unit 7, Unit 7D. If you only have to do the demonstrations for a unit, select the “D” option for that unit.

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Competency Testing

To assure that you are knowledgeable about the breastfeeding supplies you will be issuing and skilled at issuing them, you will be asked to demonstrate your abilities in two ways:

  • Online tests and quizzes: To demonstrate your knowledge of your assigned breastfeeding supplies you will take tests and quizzes in each of your assigned units. To successfully complete – or pass – a unit you will need to obtain an overall score of 90% for that unit.
  • Demonstrations of issuance: After you have successfully completed some or all of your online units, you will demonstrate your skills at issuing those supplies in a face-to-face role-play with your Regional Breastfeeding Coordinator. The skills you will need to demonstrate will be emphasized in the online training.

Important:

  • If you are the Breastfeeding Coordinator for your agency, you are expected to successfully complete all seven units and demonstrate issuance for ALL of the supplies included in this training, whether or not those supplies are currently issued by your agency.
  • If you are a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, you may not issue breast shells, nipple shields or supplemental feeding devices, so will not demonstrate issuance of these devices.
  • As a participant in the BSCT, you will be responsible for learning about and demonstrating issuance of ALL of the brands and types of breastfeeding supplies covered by your assigned units, whether or not those brands or types are currently issued by your agency.

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Dates and Location

  • The online portion of the Summer 2017 session of the Breastfeeding Supplies Competency Training (BSCT) will be available from May 22 to July 28, 2017.
  • Face-to-face demonstrations of issuance must be completed by August 11, 2017, at a time and place that is convenient for the Regional Breastfeeding Coordinators or their helpers.
  • A pre-recorded orientation webinar will be available for viewing during the week of May 15, 2017. It will provide an overview of the BSCT. You will also receive “Getting Started in Sakai,” a handout on the online course environment. You are encouraged to view these webinars prior to starting the training.

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System Requirements

In order to successfully complete the module, the computer equipment used should meet the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

If you do not have the latest versions of the plug-ins (Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, Apple Quicktime) listed above, please download them before starting the course.

Important note: Which browser to use

Please note: We recommend you use Mozilla Firefox  as your browser for the course. It is free to download. Past students have had trouble using Sakai (the learning environment for the course) in Internet Explorer and other browsers.

If you do not know what browser you are using, you can go to the online skills test to find out.

If you are completing the course using a computer at your office, and you do not have Mozilla Firefox, please contact your IT department for assistance, or consider using another computer that has Firefox.

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Online Skills Test

To make sure you have the minimum system requirements for completing the BSCT, complete the online skills test.

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Sponsors

This course has been developed by the Nutrition Services Branch of the Division of Public Health in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with The Office of Continuing Education in The Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

NC Public Health logo UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

 

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Fee

There is no charge to local agencies of the NC WIC Program for their staff’s participation in this training.

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Enrollment

Enrollment for this course closes on May 8, 2017. In the unlikely event that enrollment must be limited, preference will be given to local agency Breastfeeding Coordinators. Registrants will be notified by the end of May 15, 2017 if they are not accepted.

No late registrations will be accepted.

Apply online

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Dropping the Training

If you need to drop the training at any time, please contact the BSCT Instructor.

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For more information

If you have questions or need more information about the registration process, please contact Cherelle Whitfield at 919-843-9262 or cwwhitfi@email.unc.edu.

If you have questions about the content of the course or your unit assignments, please contact Nancy Gray, Instructor for the BSCT, at nancy.gray@dhhs.nc.gov.

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