Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM PST
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Hannah Halliwell, Program Coordinator 

Lactation Consultant Education Course (LES Part 2)

BreastfeedLA's Lactation Consultant Education Course is an advanced and comprehensive educational course that provides part 2 of the 90 hours as mandated by the IBLCE for certification as a Lactation Consultant. This information will allow graduates to have the background necessary to prepare students to pass the educational components of the IBCLC exam for certification as an IBCLC.
Prerequisites include successful completion of a 45 hour lactation education training (i.e. CLE/C/S) within the last 5 years and a passion for elevating breastfeeding as a public health strategy to improve disparities in health outcomes.
Lactation Consultants work in many settings in our community, including physicians' offices, hospitals, lactation centers, and in private practice.

The scope of practice for an IBCLC can be found here: 


To sit for the IBCLC certification examination, an individual must meet eligibility criteria in three areas: Health Sciences Education, Lactation Specific Education, and Lactation Specific Clinical Experience.  This course satisfies one of the three requirements: Lactation Specific Education.

BreastfeedLA’s Lactation Consultant Specialist Training was created to provide opportunities for the lactation-specific education required for all individuals aspiring to pursue designation as IBCLCs and to supplement the training and education of existing healthcare professionals in the area of human lactation. All concepts, skills, and education in human lactation are taught in accordance with the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline (www.iblce.org)  and meet the standards for supporting breastfeeding practices advised by the World Health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Baby-Friendly USA. 

This course may be utilized to satisfy the lactation education requirements for pathway 1 or 3 of the IBCLE requirement

Course Objectives

Following the didactic presentations and skills competency demonstrations, participants will:
  • Possess the necessary knowledge of how to perform comprehensive maternal, child, and feeding assessments related to lactation (Practice of hands-on clinical skills occurs during Lactation Specific Clinical Experience, not provided in this course.);
  • Posses adequate knowledge to develop and implement an individualized feeding plan in consultation with the mother;
  • Possess sufficient education to provide evidence-based information regarding mother’s use, during lactation, of medications (over-the-counter and prescription), alcohol, tobacco, and street drugs and their potential impact on milk production and child safety;
  • Posses appropriate knowledge to provide holistic, evidence-based breastfeeding support and care, from preconception to weaning, for women and their families;
  • Possess clinical judgment sufficient to provide evidence based-information regarding complementary therapies during lactation and their impact on a mother’s milk production and the effect on her child;
  • Possess the necessary skills to use the principle of family-centered care while maintaining a collaborative, supportive relationship with clients.

Completion of this course does not confer a hands-on breastfeeding support certification and participants should be supervised by an IBCLC or working under a separate healthcare credential if providing hands-on lactation care, until IBCLC exam is passed.

Participant Instructions

Digital files containing the curriculum will be emailed to registered participants by February 16, 2021. Curriculum must be printed and put in a binder prior to the first day of class. No printed copies of the curriculum will be provided.

**Attendance is mandatory for all 6 class dates including: 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6 

Cancellation Policy

Credit for future trainings is available under special circumstances until one week prior to the event. In the case of extenuating circumstances, should a refund be required, a 3% fee will be deducted.

Payment Policy

Payment must be made during the time of online registration using a credit or debit card. If you need to make alternate payment arrangements such as a company check to be mailed to BreastfeedLA, your check MUST be received no later than Feburary 16, 2021.  

LIMITED Continuing Education Credits (offered at no additional charge) - Total Number to be Determined

Registered Nurses: BreastfeedLA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course offers contact hours in continuing education will be offered. BreastfeedLA’s provider number is CEP 16435. Licensee must maintain certificate for a period of four years.

Lactation Consultants: CERPs will not be awarded for this course.

Registered Dietitians: Maintain a copy of the agenda and certificate of attendance for CPEs for your professional development portfolio. 

This course is approved by the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (www.learrc.org).