Breastfeeding Basics

Registration Fee

Includes Continental breakfast, lunch and
training materials
Continuing Education Credits offered


Check-In: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Training: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

To request additional training in your area, please use the Contact Support button to the right.

October 8-9, 2019
Courtyard by Marriott Mt. Pleasant at Central Michigan University
2400 East Campus Dr
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

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Overnight Accommodations

In order to secure training overnight room rate, rooms must be booked at least 31 days prior to the start of each training. When calling for overnight accommodations, please identify that you are attending WIC Training for the government rate.

December 3-4, 2020

Lansing, MI

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2020 Upcoming Dates & Locations

March 10 -11, 2020

Detroit, MI

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June 16-17, 2020

Bay City, MI

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September 15-16, 2020

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Past Dates & Locations

September 10-11, 2019
Bay College
2001 N Lincoln, Rd
Escanaba, MI 49829

June 11-12, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids
4747 28th Street
Grand Rapids, MI

May 14-15, 2019
Crowne Plaza Farmington Hills - Novi/Detroit
37529 Grand River Avenue
Farmington Hills, MI 48335

May 1-2, 2019
Boyne Mountain Resort
1 Boyne Mountain Road
Boyne Falls, MI 48713

December 11-12, 2018
Hawk Hollow
15101 Chandler Rd.
Bath, MI 48808

October 9-10, 2018
Hawk Hollow
15101 Chandler Rd.
Bath, MI 48808

This training provides continuing education hours for Nurses and Certified Lactation Consultants. A Certificate of Attendance with educational hours will be provided for healthcare professionals who can self-report. If questions contact
Breastfeeding Basics will provide information on the normal course of breastfeeding and an opportunity to develop and practice skills in breastfeeding promotion and support. This training will enhance participant's comfort level in talking about breastfeeding with families and colleagues. Easy and practical approaches for assisting mothers with common breastfeeding challenges will also be included. The participants will use the knowledge and skills gained during this training by returning to their place of employment and their community with greater understanding about why breastfeeding promotion is important. They will be able to confidently identify normal breastfeeding situations and problem solve common breastfeeding challenges.
  • Discuss how personal attitudes and perception impact breastfeeding education.
  • List reasons to breastfeed as well as the risks of not breastfeeding.
  • Identify common myths and misperceptions about breastfeeding
  • Describe normal breast development and changes in relationship to pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Identify ways to support breastfeeding from pregnancy to weaning.
  • List Evidence-based Maternity Care Practices that help promote successful initiation of breastfeeding.
  • Describe how infant’s position and latch can effect breastfeeding success.
  • Identify rapport building techniques that establish a positive relationship with pregnant and breastfeeding women.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use client-centered services when communicating with or counseling women.
  • List common issues that arise with breastfeeding as well as strategies mothers can use to address them.
  • Alice Christensen, IBCLC
  • Kalli Fortune-Ball, IBCLC
  • Nancy Heyns, IBCLC
  • Heidi Maki
  • Keva Williams
  • Clerk (required within 1 year)
  • Technician (required within 1 year)
  • CPA (required within 1 year)
  • RD/RDN (required within 1 year)
  • Health Educator (required within 1 year)
  • Coordinator (required within 1 year)
  • NE Coordinator (required within 1 year)
  • Breastfeeding Coordinator (required within 1 year)
  • PC Manager (required within 1 year)
  • PC (required within 6 months)
  • Senior PC (required within 1 year)
Quiet nursing babies under 6 months are welcome to attend the training. Older nursing children are welcome at nursing times.
In the event that this training reaches the maximum number of registrants prior to the registration deadline, priority will be given in the following order: WIC Staff and Peer Counselors; MIHP Staff, Nurse Family Partnership and Early Headstart; Dietetic Interns; all others. If there is available seating after the registration deadline, registrations will be taken in order of receipt regardless of priority listing.

All participants registering in advance will receive a confirmation letter, including a map and directions. If you do not receive a confirmation letter one week prior to the event, or if you have any questions regarding registration, please contact MPHI at (517) 324-8330.
Cancellations and no-shows for any reason, including inclement weather conditions and weather related emergencies, are subject to the full registration fee if there is one. Refunds will not be given at any time. Substitutions are welcome. For Event or Registration Questions: Call (517) 324-8330 or email

The full policy is available for you to read during the registration process under "Terms and Conditions" prior to submitting your registration.

Please Note: Due to flu season, we ask that if you experience any symptoms related to the flu, please stay home and do not attend the event. Contact MPHI either by phone or email if you will not be attending. To learn more about the flu and what you can do, please visit call (800) 232-4636.