Lactation Education

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Lactation Education

Welcome to Lactation Education at CSUN!

Breastfeeding is associated with a tremendous number of health benefits.  Nonetheless, many women do not breastfeed.

One strategy for improving breastfeeding rates is to increase the number of health care professionals who possess basic breastfeeding knowledge.

To increase the number of health care professionals who possess basic breastfeeding knowledge, the US Surgeon General has urged institutions of higher education to integrate lactation education into the curriculum of all of their healthcare professional training programs.

With the support of over one million dollars in federal grants, CSUN is one of the few universities in the nation that offers as part of its undergraduate and graduate curriculum a course in lactation education.  In  2017, CSUN, led by Dr. Merav Efrat, received  BreastfeedLA’s “Visionary Impact Award” for its pioneering work institutionalizing  lactation education in its undergraduate and graduate programs and training the next generation of lactation professionals.