Case Study 4

Helen is preparing to breastfeed her 72-hour old infant Cora. This is Helen’s first child, and she gave birth via spontaneous vaginal delivery at 39 weeks gestation. You ask for permission to complete a breastfeeding assessment.  Resources: Breastfeeding Assessment Components ResourceLEARN Model Supporting Information: Both Helen and Cora are healthy. Questions: << Back Next >>

Case Study 5

You are seeing Heyoon, her partner Sang, and their 3-month-old daughter Eun. Heyoon tells you that she has not been getting enough sleep and feels exhausted as their daughter wakes up 3-4 times per night to breastfeed. Eun currently sleeps in her own room in a bassinette. Heyoon and Sang ask you if this should […]


Question 1 Mark the following statements as true or false. Question 2 Check all that apply You are discussing sleep strategies with breastfeeding parents. What information might you include? Additional Resources: Well Infant(s) Accommodation Policy HCS-197 ( << Back Next >>

Topic 3: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome & Breastfeeding

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a broad term to describe the sudden, unexpected death of an otherwise healthy infant for which a cause is not immediately clear. In Canada, there are approximately 1,400 deaths per year amongst infants under the age of 1 year attributed to SIDS.44 As the understanding of SIDS and the […]

Topic 2: Breastfeeding & Sleep

Newborn care disrupts parental sleep in the early postpartum period. Poor sleep can negatively impact the breastfeeding dyad and may influence breastfeeding behaviours. In fact, fatigue is the most common reason for early breastfeeding cessation.40    Sleep in the Breastfeeding Dyad Sleep patterns for infants are very different from children and adults. Newborns typically have frequent […]

Topic 1: Room Sharing

Room sharing, also known as rooming-in, is the practice of keeping the breastfeeding parent and infant together in the same room to facilitate cue-based feeding. Room sharing in the early postpartum period may support maternal sleep37 and promote breastfeeding.38 However, current evidence on the impact of room sharing on breastfeeding duration and exclusivity, breastfeeding problems, […]

Case Study 3

You are seeing Izara and her 1-week-old infant Esi. Izara has been exclusively breastfeeding. You ask Izara what her priorities are today, and she asks you how she can know if Esi is getting enough nutrition. You ask for permission to complete a physical assessment of Esi and assess a breastfeeding session. Resources: Breastfeeding Assessment […]


Question 1 Mark the following statements about effective latching as true or false. Question 2 Complete the sentence: Signs of effective milk transfer include ________. Check all that apply. << Back Next >>

Topic 2: Effective Milk Transfer

Many breastfeeding parents worry if their infant is getting enough breastmilk, as they cannot ’see’ the breastmilk transfer from their breast to their infant. Infants who are getting enough to eat will show signs of nutritive sucking and swallowing, satiation cues, regular feeding cues, adequate voiding and stool output, and appropriate weight gain. HCPs can […]

Topic 1: Effective & Comfortable Latching

Each breastfeeding dyad is unique and has slight variations in anatomy, meaning that one approach to latching may not work for all. Deep latch – note wide angle of the mouth Shallow latch – note narrower angle of the mouth Watch the following video to learn more about helping parents latch their infants. Breastfeeding Attachment […]