Academic Program in Human Lactation

Lactation Education Dr. Efrat Instructing

CSUN is the only university in the United States to offer its students the opportunity to pursue a minor in Human Lactation, preparing them for entry-level positions as lactation educators.

CSUN’s Minor in Human Lactation prepares students for careers as lactation educators and enables them to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to educate and support breastfeeding families from the time the woman is pregnant to beyond the infant’s first year of life.

To learn more about what lactation educators do click here.

Benefits of completing a minor in human lactation:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to educate and support pregnant and breastfeeding families from the time the woman is pregnant up to and beyond the infant’s first year of life.
  • Have the foundational education necessary to function as a valued, respected member of the maternal-child health care team.
  • Complete a Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC) Recognized Breastfeeding Course and earn the designation of a Certificated Lactation Educator (CLE).
  • Fulfill one of the three eligibility requirements for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification exam candidacy.

For more information about the requirements to become an IBCLC, visit the IBCLC website.

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BIOL 101/L* General Biology and Lab 3/1
BIOL 211/212 Human Anatomy and Lab 2/1
BIOL 281 Human Physiology 3

FCS 330*

or CADV 150*

Child Growth and Development I

or Foundations of Child and Adolescent Development

HSCI 170* Emergency Procedures 2

HSCI 337*

or FCS 207*

Nutrition and Health or Nutrition for Life 3
HSCI 434 Lactation Education: Prenatal and Perinatal Period 3
HSCI 446** Lactation Education: Postpartum Period 3

Program Requirements

* Courses count toward General Education

** This course has a prerequisite, which is HSCI 434

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