Lactation Education

  • Careers in Lactation Speaker Series

    Careers in Lactation Speaker Series

  • Mother and Father receive baby in hospital.

    Virtual Certificated Lactation Educator Training

  • A family bonds while mother breastfeeds baby.

    Virtual 95 hour Lactation Training

  • Dr. Efrat instructing a student in class.

    CSUN's Academic Program for Human Lactation

  • Students in Lactation Education class.

    Lactation Curriculum Expands with Federal Grant

  • Students smiling in Lactation Education class.

    Student Stories About Lactation Education

  • A Lactation Educator instructing two parents on how to use a breast pump.

    Responsibilities of a Lactation Educator

Academic Program in Human Lactation

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.

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Minor in Human Lactation
Dr. Efrat smiling.

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.


BIOL101/LGeneral Biology and Lab (3/1)*
BIOL211/212Human Anatomy and Lab (2/1)
BIOL281Human Physiology (3)
Child Growth and Development I (3)*
Foundations of Child and Adolescent Development (3)*
HSCI170Emergency Procedures (2)*
or FCS
Nutrition and Health (3)*
Nutrition for Life (3)*
HSCI434Lactation Education: Prenatal and Perinatal Period (3)
HSCI446Lactation Education: Postpartum Period (3)**

** Courses count toward General Education

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

** FAQs about Minor in Human Lactation