BFHI education tools

Staff education requirements

The following tools are available to educate staff on BFHI and best practice breastfeeding standards.

All staff may also consider completing the group 3 e-learning package which can be used as an orientation to BFHI.

NEW PACKAGES AVAILABLE! 

Some of the modules are the previous version PDF - no certificates are provided.

For midwives, student midwives, lactation consultants (group one)

All Staff who assist mothers with breastfeeding (midwives and lactation consultants) are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours education, including at least three hours of clinical experience. Within the 20 hours of education there must be a minimum of eight hours of education covering the WA Health Baby Friendly health Initiative - hospital breastfeeding policy, supporting clinical guidelines and information flyer.

Group 1 staff must undertake a further eight hours of breastfeeding education every three years.

Only available as a PDF without a certificate:

Breastfeeding challenges (PDF)

New modules: 

Recommend viewing in Google Chrome or up to date browser

How breastfeeding works (1 hour) 

BFHI Introduction (2 hours)

Health benefits of breastfeeding (1 hour) 


For doctors and allied health staff (group two)

All other staff who may provide breastfeeding advice but do not assist mothers with breastfeeding (e.g. most medical staff, some physiotherapists, speech pathologists and dietitians) are required to have a minimum of 2 hours education on the facility’s policy, relevant skills, the International Code of Marketing Breast milk substitutes and Acceptable Medical Reasons for the use of Breast Milk substitutes.

Group 2 staff are required to complete a minimum of 2 hours education.

BFHI Introduction (2 hours) New module

Additional modules

Recommend viewing in Google Chrome or up to date browser
Recommend viewing in Google Chrome
Recommend viewing in Google Chrome

How breastfeeding works (1 Hour)

Health benefits of breastfeeding (1 hour) 

For ancillary, peri operative and recovery room staff and relevant non - clinical staff (group three)

All staff who have contact with pregnant women and mothers but do not give assistance and do not provide advice as part of their role are required to have a knowledge of BFHI and the WA Health BFHI hospital breastfeeding policy.

eLearning package


For any queries please contact samantha.davies@health.wa.gov.au at DNAMER.