Lactation Education

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    Virtual 95 hour Lactation Training

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Comprehensive Lactation Education Training

Comprehensive Lactation Education Training


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Training Objective: The objective of this training is to provide participants with the opportunity to: a) gain the content knowledge and skills needed to educate breastfeeding families in the community from the time of pregnancy through weaning; and 2) Satisfy the 95-hour lactation education requirement, including 5 hours focused on communication skills to qualify for the exam administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).

Target Audience: Nursing students, Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians, Social Workers, Public Health Educators

Benefits of Completing this Training:

  • Complete a Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC) Recongized Breastfeeding course and earn the designation of a Certificated Lactation Educator (CLE).
  • Satisfy the 95-hour lactation education requirement, including 5 hours focused on communication skills to qualify for the exam administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).
  • Earn continuing education credits.

Training Format

  • All training sessions will be delivered virtually in a hybrid format: 20% of the instruction will be delivered live via zoom and remaining 80% will be delivered via pre-recorded lectures and assignments completed on a weekly basis.

Training Dates and Times CLET:

  • Live sessions will take place on select Saturdays.  For details on specific training dates and times click the Red 'Register Now' button at the top of this page.

Training Facilitator information:

  • Sherri Garber Mendelson, PhD, RNC, CNS, IBCLC
  • Byanka V. Melgar, MPH, CHES, IBCLC


  • $1040
  • Registration includes: Electronic version of syllabus, continuing education credits and upon successful completion of the training certificate of course completion enabling participant to use the designation of Certificated Lactation Educator (CLE).
  • Cancelation Policy: We reserve the right to reschedule trainings, if necessary. Every effort will be made to notify the participants of a cancelled training. Fees paid may be applied to an alternate training, or a 100 percent refund will be issued. Please allow four to six weeks to receive a refund. A full refund will be granted if the training is canceled. The full registration fee will be refunded for withdrawal requests made 30 days before the first class meeting. 50% refund will be refunded for withdrawal requests made 29- 15 days before first day of class. No refunds are available 14 days or less before the first day of class.


Week 1

  • Introduction
  • The Politics of Breastfeeding
  • Current Breastfeeding Recommendations, Trends and & the Medical advantages of Breastfeeding
  • Historical Evidence of Breastfeeding the Decline of Breastfeeding
  • The Impact of Infant Marketing of Formula on Global Infant Health outcomes & Breastfeeding Rates
  • The Rise in Breastfeeding & the Evolution of lactation as a Specialty
  • Health Care Professionals, Paraprofessionals & Volunteers’ Role in Supporting Breastfeeding

Week 2

  • International Breastfeeding Promotion Initiatives
  • National Breastfeeding Promotion Initiatives
  • The Anatomy of Breastfeeding
  • The Physiology of Breastfeeding
  • Application of Health Behavior Theory to Understand Breastfeeding Behavior
  • Breastfeeding Barriers in the United States

Week 3

  • Common Breastfeeding Barriers
  • Strategies to Overcome Common Breastfeeding Barriers
  • Counseling Skills for the Communication about Breastfeeding
  • Role Playing
  • Breastfeeding Myths and Misconceptions

Week 4

  • Nutrition during pregnancy
  • Nutrition during lactation
  • Hospital Practices that Hinder and Support Breastfeeding

Week 5

  • Getting Breastfeeding Started
  • Training to Become a Lactation Professional
  • Exam

Week 6

  • The lactation consult process
  • Infant anatomy and physiology of sucking
  • Infant assessment and Development
  • Controversies of co-sleeping
  • Medications and Herbs

Week 7

  • Causes and solutions of common breastfeeding problems
  • Biochemistry of breastmilk
  • Milk banks and Donor banks

Week 8

  • Breastfeeding Devices
  • Breastfeeding Beyond the first month

Week 9

  • High Risk Infants
  • Problems with milk production and milk transfer
  • Inadequate weight gain and the breastfed infant

Day 10

  • Hyperbilirubinemia and Hypoglycemia and the breastfed newborn
  • Maternal and Infant Conditions
  • Induced lactation and relactation
  • Exam

This training is provided in collaboration with:

  • CSUN’s: Minor in Human Lactation Program
  • CSUN’s Master in Public Health Program
  • CSUN’s Center for Health Promotion and Leadership
  • The Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership, Advocacy and Consultation (PAC/LAC)

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be provided at no additional fee through our Joint Provider PAC/LAC.

  • PAC/LAC is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT and LCSW. CE Provider #128542. PAC/LAC maintains responsibility for the program/course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSW and LMFT as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • PAC/LAC, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designed for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) to receive Category 1 continuing education contact hours.
  • PAC/LAC is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing Provider CEP 5862. This course is approved for contact hours of continuing education

Grievances: Students with a grievance must complete a grievance from within 30 days after they complete a training and email

Accommodations: For Accommodations email Cathy Kitinoja at within 30 days before first day of class.