Lactation Education

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Lactation Education

Welcome to Lactation Education at CSUN!

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

One strategy for improving breastfeeding rates is to prepare future healthcare professionals to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in the community by:

  • Training lactation professionals. 
  • Equipping future healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to support breastfeeding in the community. 

With the support of over two million dollars in federal grants, CSUN is one of the few
universities in the nation that offers students to opportunity to:

  • Earn a Minor in Human Lactation.
  • Complete a 2-course lactation education sequence which fulfills the Lactation Specific Education Requirement for International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) certification examination. The IBLCE is the exam one must pass to earn the designation of an IBCLC.
  • Complete an undergraduate Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC) Recognized Breastfeeding course.
  • Complete a graduate Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC) Recognized Breastfeeding course.

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.


To learn more about CSUN’s lactation education curriculum click here