Lactation Education

  • 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

FAQs for Non-CSUN Students

General FAQs for Non-CSUN Students

I am not a CSUN student and am interested in educating and support breastfeeding families in the community, which training is best for me?

Are there any prerequisites for CSUN’s lactation trainings?

No.

I am not a CSUN student, can I earn a Minor in Human lactation?

No. Only CSUN undergraduate students may declare the Minor in Human Lactation Program. Read more information about CSUN’s Minor in Human Lactation.

FAQs for the LEAARC–approved Breastfeeding Course for Non-CSUN Students

I am not a student at CSUN, and am interested in earning the designation of a certificated lactation educator, do you offer a training course to help me achieve this goal?

Yes, participants who successfully complete CSUN’s certificated lactation educator training course will receive a certificate of course completion enabling them to call themselves certificated lactation educators. Get more training information: https://www.csun.edu/health-human-development/lactation-education/certificated-lactation-educator-cle-non-csun-students.

Does CSUN's Certificated Lactation Educator Training count towards the IBLCE exam eligibility requirements?

Yes. Participants who successfully complete CSUN's Certificated Lactation Educator Training course will have completed 45 of the 90 hours of the lactation-specific education IBLCE exam requirement.

How do I enroll for CSUN certificated lactation educator course?

What is the cost of CSUN’s certificated lactation educator training course?

The training cost is $525 plus reading material costs.

Can I earn continuing education units after successfully completing CSUN’s Certificated Lactation Educator training?

  • Yes, 45 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

Can I earn units towards a bachelor’s degree when completing CSUN’s Certificated Lactation Educator training?

No. Participants who complete CSUN’s certificated lactation educator training will not earn units towards a bachelor’s degree. However, participants will earn 45 hours of continuing education units.

Comprehensive Lactation Education Training for Non-CSUN students FAQs

Does CSUN's Comprehensive Lactation Education Training count towards the IBLCE exam eligibility requirements?

Yes, participants who successfully complete CSUN’s Comprehensive Lactation Education Training will have completed the 95 hours of lactation specific education IBLCE exam requirement.

Does CSUN’s Comprehensive Lactation Education Training provide me with the designation of an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant?

No, to become an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, individuals must pass the IBLCE exam. Participants who successfully complete CSUN’s Comprehensive Lactation Education Training will have completed one of the three IBLCE exam requirements: 95 hours of lactation specific education. For more information on all of the eligibility requirements for the exam to become an IBCLC, please visit: https://iblce.org/step-1-prepare-for-ibclc-certification/lactation-specific-clinical-experience/.

How do I enroll for CSUN Comprehensive Lactation Education Training?

What is the cost of CSUN Comprehensive Lactation Education Training?

The training cost is $ 945 plus reading material costs.

Does CSUN provide the Comprehensive Lactation Education Training participants with the opportunity to complete the clinical hours needed to be eligible to sit for the IBLCE exam?

No, at this time CSUN only offers opportunities for participants to complete the coursework required to be eligible to sit for the IBLCE exam. Get more information on how you can meet the IBLCE clinical hours exam eligibility requirement

Can I earn continuing education units after successfully completing CSUN Comprehensive Lactation Education Training?

  • Yes, 95 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

Can I earn units towards a bachelor’s degree when completing the CSUN Comprehensive Lactation Education Training course?

  • No.  Participants who complete CSUN’s certificated lactation educator training will not earn units towards a bachelor’s degree.  However, participants will earn 95 hours of continuing education units.