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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. 

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

  • Breastfeeding Level I
    Zoom Webinar
    Multiple Dates
    Mar. 17, 9:30 a.m. – Mar. 18, 3:30 p.m.
    Zoom Webinar
  • Baby-Friendly Initiative & Formula Fed Infant: Protection & Support Course
    Zoom webinar
    Mar. 31, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Zoom webinar
    Stay tuned to our social media channels for more details to come!
  • Breastfeeding Level II
    Zoom Webinar
    Multiple Dates
    Apr. 28, 9:30 a.m. – Apr. 29, 3:30 p.m.
    Zoom Webinar
  • Breastfeeding Level I
    Zoom Webinar
    Multiple Dates
    May 26, 9:30 a.m. – May 27, 3:30 p.m.
    Zoom Webinar
  • Breastfeeding Level II
    Zoom Webinar
    Multiple Dates
    Jun. 23, 9:30 a.m. – Jun. 24, 3:30 p.m.
    Zoom Webinar


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.

CERPs allocated by IBCLE

  • Level One breastfeeding: 16.5 L, 0.5 E and 1.25 R CERPs

  • Level Two breastfeeding: 15.5 L CERPs and 2.5 R CERPs

  • Breastfeeding Updates: 6 L CERPs

  • Standing on Solid Ground: 6 E CERPs

  • Baby-Friendly Initiative & Formula Fed Infant: No CERPs (can apply individually)

Please note that CERPs are subject to change based on course content.

CMEs can be applied for individually by the participant.

Frequently asked questions

What is your cancellation policy?

Halton Baby-Friendly Initiative reserves the right to cancel any course due to under-enrollment, instructor illness, or inclement weather. If a full course, or partial days of a course are canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, Halton BFI will attempt to reschedule on the earliest possible date/s available. Halton BFI is not responsible for any additional costs incurred by attendees due to cancellation or rescheduling.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

If you need to cancel your registration, please email us as soon as possible. All course cancellations are subject to a cancellation fee. If your cancellation is received

  • 6 or more weeks prior to the course start date, you will receive a 90% refund.
  • 2-6 weeks prior to the course start date, you will receive a 50% refund.
  • less than two weeks prior to the course start date, no refund will be provided.
You may also request a one-time transfer to a later course date by emailing us. However, if you choose this option and are unable to attend the course you transferred to, no refund will be issued.

What if I need to cancel and I added purchase protection when I registered?

If you added purchase protection when you registered for the course, then you need to contact FanShield directly for support with your refund.

Is there a discount available for local (within Halton region) attendees?

There is a 50% discount available for attendees who work, volunteer or go to school in the Halton region (Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills) for the level 1 and 2 breastfeeding courses. Choose the “Local Attendee Registration” ticket. There is no local attendee discount for the breastfeeding updates course.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable to someone else?

Yes, this option is available. Please see the next FAQ below for information on changing the attendee name.

Is it okay if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Your name must match the name on your registration. You have the option of updating your registration information by logging into Eventbrite or following the link provided on your confirmation email at any time before the event.

Can I update my registration information?

Please email if you need to make any changes to your registration.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not need to print your tickets, but please keep your confirmation email handy just in case we need to verify your purchase.

Is tuition assistance available?

If you are a Registered Nurse in Ontario, you may be eligible for tuition funding from the RNAO. Review the information on the RNAO website for further details. Please note that funding is not guaranteed. Keep the registration confirmation email from Eventbrite – this is your receipt of payment you will need to submit to RNAO.

Are CERPS provided for this course?

Yes, CERPs are provided, see CERPs section at the top of this page. You must attend all day for the entire course (all 3 days for multi-day courses) to qualify for CERPs and obtain your course completion certificate.

Is parking available onsite?

Yes, free parking is available onsite!

What is the exact course location?

You will receive an email approximately 1 week prior to the course start date with details on where the course is located.

What are the course hours?

The level 1 and 2 courses run for 3 days, 8:45 am to 4 pm daily. One day courses are 8:45 am to 4 pm. Half-day courses are 9:00 am to 12.30 pm

Is food provided at the course?

Light morning refreshments (coffee and tea only for the Standing on Solid Ground and formula feeding courses) are provided each day. Lunch is not provided (with the exception of the Standing On Solid Ground course), but there is a cafeteria onsite unless we email you otherwise. Credit, debit and cash payment available. A bank machine is also available onsite. Microwaves are available if you wish to bring your own lunch.

What should I bring with me to the course?

  • Lunch (with the exception of the Standing On Solid Ground and formula feeding courses)
  • Water bottle (water filling station available)
  • Pen/paper
  • If you have a breastfeeding textbook, you are welcome to bring it

Can I bring my breastfeeding infant with me to the workshop?

Babies in arms are welcome at the course, however, some parents find it hard to concentrate, especially with an older baby. We also ask that if your baby is disruptive that you step outside to calm them down. There is an indoor area outside the classroom you can go to with your baby if needed.

Do I need to complete the level 1 course before attending the update session or level 2 course?

Successful completion of a level one, 18-hour course is a prerequisite for attending the one-day update session and level 2 course. These courses build on the skills and knowledge learned in level 1. In some cases, an exemption may be made. Please email us to discuss further.

Do you have printable posters or brochures about your courses?

Yes! We have printable posters with information on our courses: 2020 Halton BFI education courses poster 2020 Standing on Solid Ground: Practice Ethics for Lactation Consultants 2020 BFI & The Formula Fed Infant: Protection & Support

I’m coming from out of town, is there hotel accommodation near the venue?

There are 3 hotels close to the course location: Holiday Inn and Suites Oakville
2525 Wyecroft Rd. Oakville L6L 6P8
1-877-660-8550 Quality Suites Oakville
754 Bronte Rd. Oakville L6L 6R8
1-905-847-6667 Staybridge Suites Oakville
2511 Wyecroft Road Oakville L6L 6P8
1-905-847-2600 *Please note that we do not endorse any of these hotels, they are provided for informational purposes only.*

Are courses available outside of Halton?

Please contact the Quintessence Foundation for information about courses in other areas.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email

Page updated November 2021