Including Partners and Supporters



Sometimes health care professionals can feel uncertain about how to best support the breastfeeding family as a whole. This module will provide you with the interpersonal knowledge and skills you need to encourage partner and close supporter involvement in the breastfeeding team. Including Partners & Supporters explores family perspectives on breastfeeding support and provides you with strategies to help your practice and workplace become more partner and supporter-friendly.

A note on inclusive terminology:

Some expectant or breastfeeding parents or parents who are considering breastfeeding or expressing their milk may not identify as mothers or as female, but as male, non-binary or gender diverse. These parents may not identify with the terms breasts or breastfeeding, and prefer alternative terminology, such as chest, chestfeeding or human milk feeding. In all circumstances, health care professionals will utilize patient and family centered care to be responsive to the particular context, self-identified gender, pronouns and preferred terminology of the families they support.

This module uses gender-neutral terminology whenever possible, such as the use of partner and breastfeeding parent instead of father and mother. In some instances, gender-specific terminology is used to accurately reflect the literature being cited.

Additional module resources:

AHS Breastfeeding Education




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Make sure performing all the interactive activities required in each topic, e.g. ‘click to …’ or quiz questions.

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Certificate of Completion / CME Certificate: Once you have completed the module, you will find the ‘Print Your Certificate’ button available at the top of this page. You may choose to print it or download it as PDF document.

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After completing this module, you will be equipped to:

  • Recognize the influence and perspectives of partners and supporters on breastfeeding
  • Recognize the different ways partners and supporters can be responsive to the breastfeeding parent’s needs
  • Apply strategies that facilitate partner and supporter involvement in breastfeeding
  • Apply the LEARN model to facilitate partner and supporter involvement in breastfeeding


This one-credit-per-hour Self-Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development for up to 1.0 Mainpro+ credits.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 1.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

You may also perform Linking Learning exercises around a question you ask yourself as a result of learning from this program at: Each completed Linking Learning exercise earns five Mainpro+ certified credits.

Accredited Royal College MOC Section 1 and Section 3 credits are eligible for certified Mainpro+ credits, up to a maximum of 50 credits per five-year cycle; any additional credits are eligible as non-certified Mainpro+ credits. MOC Section 3 accredited activities can be claimed at 3 credits per hour up to the cycle maximum.

Professional Development & Continuing Competence Program

After you finish this module, you will be able to download the certificate of completion for professional development and Continuing Competence Program (CPP) purposes.
If you are an AHS employee, you may also record completion of this course in AHS MyLearningLink. Log into MyLearningLink using your AHS user name and password. Click on My Information and Grades and record your completion of this module under External Learning Events.


Material presented are in compliance with the University of Calgary Copyright Policy, Acceptable Use of Material Protected by Copyright.

Course materials are for individual use only and not to be distributed.

  • This course has received no commercial sponsorship support.
  • This course was co-developed with AHS Early Years Health Promotion team and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.
  • Faculty disclosure
Faculty Credentials Disclosure Affiliation
Dolly Bondarianzadeh MSc PhD Nothing to Declare Alberta Health Services
Farah Bandali MSc RD Nothing to Declare Alberta Health Services
Sanjeev Bhatla MD CCFP Nothing to Declare Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network
Eliana Clay MA CE Member of the Canadian Evaluation Society e-Institute Curriculum Advisory Board Alberta Health Services
Gloria Keays MD CCFP Nothing to Declare Alberta Health Services
Lynnea Knight MPH RN Nothing to Declare Alberta Health Services
Shawna Lamond MD CCFP IBCLC Speaker Honoraria: Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network
Kelly MacGregor MD CCFP IBCLC Nothing to Declare Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta
Amelie Stritzke MD FRCPC Nothing to Declare Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Chloe Burnett MSc MEd Nothing to Declare Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary


Dolly Bondarianzadeh MSc PhD (Chair)
Farah Bandali MSC RD
Sanjeev Bhatla MD CCFP
Eliana Clay MA CE
Shawna Lamond MD CCFP IBCLC
Gloria Keys MD CCFP
Lynnea Knight MPH RN
Kelly MacGregor MD CCFP IBCLC
Amelie Stritzke MD FRCPC
Chloe Burnett (CME Representative)


AHS Early Years Health Promotion would like to thank all stakeholders across the maternal-child continuum of care who were involved in the development of this module.


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