Meet Courtney Polk

RN, IBCLC

Courtney began her career in 2006 as a labor and delivery nurse and earned her master’s degree in nursing education in 2012. After having her first baby in 2014, she experienced some of the same breastfeeding challenges that many new parents face. A lactation consultant helped Courtney learn to enjoy breastfeeding her new baby and inspired her to earn the highest available certification in lactation and breastfeeding care. Courtney now devotes her time to teaching, guiding, and supporting new parents.

What Is Included with This Online Course

In this course, parents will learn about all the nutritional and health benefits of breast milk, how to hold their baby to feed them, pumping and storing milk, where to find help if they need it, and much more. This course supports one of the best decisions they can make for their baby.

  • Led by Courtney Polk, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and Registered Nurse

  • 11 chapters and 55 lessons

  • 37 videos and 8 interactive games

  • 14 downloadable PDFs, Including Skin to Skin, Feeding Log, and Road Map for Returning to Work

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome

    • Welcome to Breastfeeding Basics

  • 2

    The Big Picture

    • Health Benefits

    • Skin-to-Skin Contact

    • Rooming-In

    • Prenatal Breast Care

    • Breastfeeding Support

    • Spouses and Partners

  • 3

    How Your Body Works

    • Breast Changes

    • Making Milk

    • Types of Breast Milk

    • Wrapping Up

  • 4

    Breastfeeding Skills

    • Baby-Led Feedings

    • Three Cs of Breastfeeding

    • Getting in Position

    • Learning About Latch

    • Burping Your Baby

  • 5

    Nutrition and Growth

    • How Much Babies Eat

    • Diapers

    • Baby’s Weight Gain

    • Tracking Feedings

  • 6

    What to Expect During Week 1

    • Day 1: Birthday Nap

    • Day 2: Learning Day

    • Day 3: All-Day Buffet

    • Day 4: Milk Drunk

    • Day 5: Night Owl

    • Cluster Feeding

    • Sleepy Baby

    • Growth Spurts

  • 7

    Common Concerns

    • Sore Nipples

    • Engorgement

    • Blocked Ducts & Mastitis

    • Pacifiers

    • Using Formula

    • Donor Milk

    • Premature Babies

    • Baby in the NICU

  • 8

    Lifestyle Choices

    • Healthy Eating

    • What to Avoid

    • Breastfeeding in Public

    • Returning to Work

  • 9

    Pumping and Storing

    • Collecting Your Milk

    • Hand Expression

    • Breast Pumps

    • How Often to Express

    • Preparing to Pump

    • Storing Breast Milk

    • Cleaning the Pump

  • 10

    Troubleshooting

    • Baby Stops Feeding

    • Breast Fungal Infection

    • Blocked Nipple Pores

    • Blood in Breast Milk

    • Baby Tongue or Lip Problem

    • Milk Supply: Too Much

    • Milk Supply: Too Little

  • 11

    Closing Thoughts

    • Thank You

  • 12

    Toolkit

    • Breastfeeding Toolkit