Breastfeeding Supplies Competency Training

January 8 – April 6, 2018

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

When used correctly and carefully, breastfeeding supplies can support and protect the breastfeeding relationship between a mother and her baby. However, when they are used inappropriately, breastfeeding supplies can injure breastfeeding women and lead to termination of breastfeeding. Participation in the Breastfeeding Supplies Competency Training (BSCT) will not only strengthen knowledge of the use and care of the supplies, it will remind students of their responsibilities under the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing Breast-Milk Substitutes (WHO Code), the policies of the North Carolina Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC Program) for the issuance of breastfeeding supplies, and important topics to teach WIC Program participants about breastfeeding supplies.

The BSCT is designed for – and registration is limited to – staff of the North Carolina WIC Program who issue breastfeeding supplies to WIC Program participants. The goal of the BSCT is to assure that these staff are knowledgeable about breastfeeding supplies and have the skills needed to issue them

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Format

The Breastfeeding Supplies Competency Training (BSCT) combines online learning modules with hands-on activities that are designed to advance your knowledge of the different types of breastfeeding supplies and how to issue them. A variety of methods and media are used, including synchronized audio/slide presentations, exploratory and role-play activities, case studies, handouts, quizzes and tests. An instructor will be available to help with your questions and concerns as you progress through your assigned units. In addition, your Regional Breastfeeding Coordinator (RBC) will provide you with opportunities to practice with the breastfeeding supplies.

After you pass the online learning module for a breastfeeding supply you will be asked to demonstrate an issuance of that supply to your RBC. These demonstrations are done face-to-face with your RBC and provide you with the opportunity to show-off your newly enhanced understanding of that supply. A successful demonstration of issuance is the final step in the training process for each type of supply.

Time Investment

You will have ten weeks to complete (and pass) the online learning modules for your assigned units. Depending on the number of units you are assigned and your ability to find a quiet place to focus on the BSCT, you may need to budget as many as 6 hours per week for your assignments. To get a closer approximation of the time you’ll need, you may add up the hours listed for each of your assigned units under “Time to Complete” (see below). We encourage you to discuss these time demands with your supervisor and block time in your schedule each week just for your BSCT assignments. If at all possible, locate a place to work on the BSCT that is away from clinic and your other obligations.

You will also need to find time to complete your demonstrations of issuance with your Regional Breastfeeding Coordinator. Your RBC will be available for an additional two weeks after the online learning modules must be completed for you to arrange a time to complete your demonstrations.

Travel

As part of your learning experience with the BSCT you may learn about breast pumps and other supplies that are not offered by your WIC Program agency. In this case, you will have to travel to another agency or your Regional Lactation Training Center to work with those supplies. Also, you will likely have to travel to meet with your RBC for your demonstrations.

Technical Requirements

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

Guidelines for Selecting Units
As you consider the units you will complete, please note these important guidelines:
  • If you are the Breastfeeding Coordinator for your agency, you are expected to successfully complete all of the units and demonstrate issuance for all brands and types of supplies, whether or not those supplies are issued by your local agency.
  • If you are a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, you may not issue breast shells, nipple shields or supplemental feeding devices, so do not need to complete 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. However, you will learn about and be tested on all of the supplies covered by each unit you complete, whether or not those supplies are issued by your local agency.
  • 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 this applies to you, please email the course instructor for guidance on this option.
The BSCT contains the following 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 1 is a prerequisite for all other units offered by the BSCT.

Time to Complete: Approximately 6 hours.

Unit 2: Single-User Manual Breast Pumps

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

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

Time to Complete: Approximately 4 hours.

Unit 3: Single-User Electric Breast Pumps

Target Audience: All NC WIC Program staff who issue single-user electric breast pumps.

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

Time to Complete: Approximately 6 hours.

Unit 4: Multi-User Breast Pumps

Target Audience: All NC WIC Program staff who issue multi-user 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.

Time to Complete: Approximately 12 hours.

Unit 5: Breast Pads and Breast Shells

Target Audience: All NC WIC Program health professionals who issue breast pads and breast shells, and all 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.

Time to Complete: Approximately 4 hours.

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.

Time to Complete: Approximately 4 hours.

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.

Time to Complete: Approximately 4 hours.

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.

Note: 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 this session of the Breastfeeding Supplies Competency Training (BSCT) will be available from January 8 to March 16, 2018.
  • Face-to-face demonstrations of issuance must be completed by April 6, 2018, at a time and place that is convenient for the Regional Breastfeeding Coordinators or their helpers.
  • Orientation information, including the link to a pre-recorded slide presentation will be emailed to all students the week of January 3, 2018. You are expected to review this information 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 December 1, 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 December 14, 2017 if they are not accepted.

No late registrations will be accepted.

Enroll 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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