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Halton BFI Education Courses

Education is essential to providing knowledgeable breastfeeding and infant feeding support. The Halton Baby-Friendly Initiative provides Breastfeeding Level I and Level II WHO/UNICEF courses as well as Breastfeeding Updates (refresher courses), Ethics course, Safe Formula Feeding course. Courses and short sessions are designed for health workers interested in enriching their practice and supporting families to meet their goals.

Course schedules are currently being reviewed and updated. Stay tuned for course dates and availability on the website and our social media. 


Please note: 

  • Registration is not secured until payment is received and processed

  • All courses are being offered online through Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions

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Our Facilitator: 

Kathleen O’Grady Venter is a registered nurse and an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Kathy is a breastfeeding educator and BFHI/BFI consultant and co-author with Marianne Brophy of the “Making a Difference” Courses for Health Care Professionals which are offered through Quintessence Foundation.

Kathy is a WHO|UNICEF trained BFHI Assessor and Trainer (1991) and BFI Lead Assessor for the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada.

Other work: Past Chair for the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC).       Co-Chair of the BCC Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) Assessment Committee.

Currently Kathy works as a lactation consultant at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and was the recipient of the Canadian Lactation Consult Association Award for Clinical Excellence.

Kathy’s passion is systems level change and knowledge translation to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based best practice.

IBCLE CERPs (applied for annually)

  • Level I Breastfeeding: 12 L CERPs

  • Level II Breastfeeding: 11 L, and 1 E CERPs

  • Breastfeeding Updates: 6 L CERPs

  • Standing on Solid Ground: 6 E CERPs


Please note that CERPs are determined by IBLCE and are subject to change.  CMEs can be applied for individually by the participant.

Page updated February 2022