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


Summary tables of external grants which have supported research, curriculum development and the development of experiential learning opportunities for CSUN students in the area of human lactation

Title Duration Description of the Project
Advancing Students' Competencies in the Health Sciences through a Breastfeeding Education Program 8/2010 - 8/2013 Grant provided support to:
  • Develop an undergraduate Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC) recognized breastfeeding course that is part of the permanent CSUN undergraduate curriculum.
  • Develop and implement over a three-year period a semester long internship opportunity for undergraduate nutrition students to provide one-on-one breastfeeding education to mothers prior to their discharge from the hospital.
Telephone-Based Support and Education to Promote Breastfeeding Rates Among Latina Medicaid Recipients 10/2010 - 10/2013 Grant provided support to conduct a research study that evaluated the impact on breastfeeding rates of lactation educators, who completed CSUN’s LEAARC recognized breastfeeding course, delivering prenatal and postpartum phone- based breastfeeding education to Latina mothers.
Advancing Professional Competencies of Graduate Students in the Area of Lactation Education 9/2013 - 9/2016 Grant provided support to develop and implement over a three-year period a semester long lactation education practicum for graduate nutrition students to provide phone-based breastfeeding education to pregnant women at local community health centers.
Increasing Hispanic Student Success in the Allied Health Fields 10/1/14 - 10/1/19 Grant provide support to increasing Hispanic graduate students’ career opportunities in the field of lactation. Activities included:
  • Developing a graduate level LEAARC recognized breastfeeding educator course that is part of the permanent CSUN graduate curriculum.
  • Developing internship opportunities for graduate students at organizations that promote lactation in the community.
  • Hosting a breastfeeding continuing education seminar at CSUN for graduate students and lactation professionals in the community.
Pathways to Success for Hispanic Students as Registered Dietitians 9/1/17 – 8/31/21 Grant provides support to:
  • Develop and implement over a three-year period a lactation education service learning project for undergraduate nutrition students providing them with the opportunity to: a) shadow a breastfeeding peer counselor and a lactation consultant while she provides breastfeeding education and support to pregnant or breastfeeding mothers at a WIC clinic; b) provide WIC clients breastfeeding education in both a one-on-one and group setting.
  • Facilitate a speaker’s series where lactation professionals in the community share with students their experience promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding in the community.
Pathway to Lactation Consulting for Human Sciences Students 3/1/18 - 2/28/21 Grant provides support to:
  • Expand CSUN’s curriculum to enable students to complete the 6 unit/90-hour lactation specific coursework requirement to be eligible to sit for the exam to become an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
  • Expand opportunities for human sciences undergraduate students to complete internships opportunities in organizations that promote breastfeeding in the community.
Developing California's Workforce: Creating Pathways for Latino Transfer Students in High Demand Careers 10/1/16 - 9/30/21 Grant provides support for promoting among first-generation low-income nursing transfer students career preparation in the field of Human Lactation. Activities will include:
  • Outreach to first-generation low-income community college nursing students regarding credentials in Human Lactation available at CSUN that can complement a RN license
  • Customize CSUN’s 6-unit lactation specific coursework curriculum for RN to BSN students.
  • Convert 6-unit lactation specific curriculum from face-to -face delivery mode to fully online courses accessible and tailored to nursing students.