Lactation Support Provider Training Directory
Are you interested in becoming a lactation support provider? Do you want to help families in your community meet their breastfeeding goals? Do you want to learn more about the different options in the spectrum of lactation support?
There are many ways to gain the knowledge and experience you need to offer high quality breastfeeding support to families. This directory includes national organizations that offer lactation support training online and/or in-person across the country. To learn about other options, including training that is tailored to community needs and the variety of ways to qualify for different credential exams, check out the Lactation Support Provider Pathways webpage.
The below directory is organized alphabetically, and offers descriptions, links, and contact information. Inclusion of an organization or training course in this directory does not imply endorsement from the United States Breastfeeding Committee.
If you are a member of a national organization and would like to submit information about training opportunities, please contact email@example.com.
Breastfeeding USA, Inc. provides evidence-based information and support, and promotes breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm. We accomplish this through a network of accredited breastfeeding counselors and comprehensive resources for the benefit of mothers and babies, families, and communities.
Volunteer Breastfeeding Counselors are experienced breastfeeding mothers who have been accredited by Breastfeeding USA following completion of a comprehensive breastfeeding education program. They provide information and support to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, in both one-on-one and group situations. Lactation experts with specialized resources are available to assist Breastfeeding Counselors and parents with unusual breastfeeding situations.
Phone: (919) 966-3774
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) was established in 2006 in the Department of Maternal and Child Health of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and serves as the first such public health breastfeeding center of its kind. Situated in an academic home, we offer a comprehensive program of research, service to the greater community, and education. Visit our Resources page for access to free PDFs for use in maternity care and child care settings. Stay up-to-date with our news by joining our quarterly newsletter and following us on Facebook or Twitter.
Pathway 2 Lactation Consultant Training Program – CGBI began the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative (MRT-TI) in 2009 with the cooperation of the UNC Women’s and Children’s Hospital staff. MRT-TI is a CAAHEP accredited Pathway 2 Training Program housed within the Maternal and Child Health department at UNC Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The comprehensive residential training including 90 hours of didactic instruction and 300 hours of clinical instruction over the course of two semesters.
RISE: Lactation Training Model - RISE: Lactation Training Model is a grant funded project providing higher education institutes with training tools to build a self-sustainable Pathway 2 program model serving communities of color. This project will improve the medical lactation workforce to reduce health disparities in these communities. To express interest in receiving training, please complete the survey under the Contact Tab on the RISE page linked above.
Online Training Modules for Providers – Evidence-based, up-to-date education in an interactive and user-friendly format. Developed by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, public health professionals, educators and La Leche League leaders, these trainings will help learners to establish a working knowledge of the importance of breastfeeding and how to support mothers and families to meet their breastfeeding goals.
In-person Technical Assistance and Training – CGBI provides a variety of training for healthcare professionals. Our training approach is tailored to each unique situational need and is geared toward achieving immediate results toward your organization’s goals.
CAPPA is an international certification organization for Doulas, Childbirth Educators and Lactation Educators. Since our foundation in 1998, we have certified thousands of perinatal professionals.
As one of the first and most comprehensive perinatal organizations in the world, CAPPA is respected for its longevity and its commitment to excellence in both education and unsurpassed student and member support. Choosing an organization for your education is an important decision. CAPPA offers stability that you can be confident in as you invest in your education and career
Certified Lactation Educator (CLE)
CAPPA Lactation Educators fill an important role in educating, counseling, and supporting families and the community by providing evidence based information about lactation and breastfeeding.
This course is designed to improve the skill base, knowledge and perspectives on breastfeeding for perinatal professionals. Additionally, this course supports both the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and Mother Friendly practices and provides training for those seeking certification as certified lactation educators™ with CAPPA.
This course satisfies the following:
The training covers the followings topics:
Healthy Children Project, Inc - Center for Breastfeeding
Non-profit organization working nationally and internationally to improve health outcomes through education, collaboration, consulting and research.
Focal areas of our work:
Education: Offering lactation training programs for novices and professionals
Collaboration: Working together to create meaningful change in the field of maternal and child health care delivery
Research: Designing and implementing collaborative inquiry to solve practical dilemmas incorporating evidence-based protocols and solutions
Consulting: Developing and implementing community-specific strategies to promote, protect and support breastfeeding
Lactation Counselor Training Course
The Lactation Counselor Training Course is a comprehensive, evidence-based breastfeeding management course with a strong focus on clinical counseling and assessment skills. Participants build on theoretical foundations to gain practical skills and verify competency as well as optimizing their ability to solve basic and complex clinical breastfeeding issues. This college level course prepares participants for professional work in the hospital, in public health, and community settings.
Upon satisfactory course completion, participants have the option of sitting for a National Certification Exam to become a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) administered by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice.
Lactation Education Consultants (LEC) was formed in 2000 in order to provide on-site programming through its Certified Lactation Specialist and Certification Cram/Review courses, specific programs developed for WIC, and many other workshops.
Certified Lactation Specialist
The Certified Lactation Specialist course (CLS) is designed for the aspiring lactation consultant or others desirous of improving their knowledge base and skills in working with the breastfeeding dyad. All areas included on the IBLCE exam are addressed. The 5 day course provides half the needed number of continuing education hours in lactation to qualify to sit for the IBLCE exam. The other half can be obtained through LEC's home study courses, or attending other conferences.
Certification as a lactation specialist is achieved through attendance at the entire course, completion of assigned homework and readings during the course, and passing the of the end of course exam on the last day. There are no pre-requisites to taking the CLS course, and anyone can attend. Successfully completing the CLS course will give you the knowledge base you need to start working with breastfeeding moms and babies in order to obtain the clinical hours you need in order to qualify for the IBLCE exam.
LER is committed to offering culturally appropriate didactic and clinical education to increase the number of lactation consultants. LER is dedicated to furthering diversity in the field of lactation support.
Become a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist.
Certified Breastfeeding Specialists educate and support breastfeeding families through pregnancy, breastfeeding initiation, and the normal course of lactation. Get the essential topics you need to be prepared to begin counseling nursing parents in this 45+-hour course. Course includes the CBS exam, which is completed online at no additional charge. Also considering becoming an IBCLC? This LEAARC Recognized Lactation Consultant Training program course covers half of the topics on the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline and can be paired with our Bridge Course course to complete the didactic education.
Become an IBCLC.
LER offers comprehensive support to those who want to become an IBCLC, including:
Completed a 45 or more hour course and want to become an IBCLC?
Do you hold a CLS, CLC, CBS, or CLE certification and want to become an IBCLC? LER’s Lactation Consultant Bridge Course is designed for you. The Bridge course can be paired with your existing education to complete the 90 hour IBLCE education requirements.
La Leche League USA helps parents, families, and communities to breastfeed, chestfeed, and human milk feed their babies through parent-to-parent support. LLL USA encourages, informs, educates, supports, and promotes the use of human milk and the intimate relationship and development that comes from nursing a child for as long as mutually desired.
Breastfeeding is natural, but it does not always come naturally. La Leche League offers breastfeeding support to all who want to breastfeed. Whether working or home with their baby, La Leche League can help families reach their breastfeeding goals.
La Leche League supports breastfeeding families by:
La Leche League Leader
La Leche League Leaders have at least 12 months of personal breastfeeding experience, are trained and accredited by La Leche League International, and provide peer support for all aspects of the normal course of breastfeeding.
Are you interested in becoming a La Leche League Leader? The training involves learning more about the anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding. It includes refining communication skills to provide peer support from pregnancy through weaning. Applicants also develop business skills involved in running and maintaining a La Leche League group---skills which can be used in many roles throughout life. Experience as a La Leche League Leader can be applied to the clinical practice hours required to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
The training and accreditation work is self-paced because LLL recognizes that applicants are also parents with families of their own. The work can usually be completed in 6 – 12 months. An applicant generally works with a local LLL Leader as a mentor in addition to a representative from the Leader Accreditation Department. Special arrangements can be made if there is no local Leader.
While most applicants find a computer helpful, access to one is not required.
The MiLC will be open to the public January 1, 2021. To register and pre-enroll.
For questions about the MiLC training, equity pricing, or scholarship availability, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To start a new Mom2Mom Chapter, or find one near you, please contact email@example.com
Mom2Mom Global (including Breastfeeding in Combat Boots) is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing support, education, and advocacy for breastfeeding military families stationed around the world. The diversity of military families necessitates an equity-based approach to lactation support in order for us to fulfill our mission to serve all breastfeeding military families, as outlined in our Diversity Position Statement.
Mom2Mom Chapters in military communities around the world provide inclusive, welcoming, culturally sensitive support, virtually and in person, for breastfeeding families in military communities, with an emphasis on the unique challenges faced by military families.
Breastfeeding in Combat Boots is the most comprehensive resource for up-to-date information, support, and peer-to-peer advice for breastfeeding military servicemembers, their supervisors, and military healthcare professionals.
Online support through our private Facebook groups and public social media accounts to connect breastfeeding military families and those who support them.
Advocacy to increase the visibility and awareness of concerns of breastfeeding military families through partnerships with both national advocacy resources and Department of Defense channels.
Military Lactation Counselor
The Military Lactation Counselor (MiLC) training is a 55-hour lactation training leading to certification. The MiLC is grounded in applying equitable, culturally appropriate support for the unique needs of breastfeeding military families. The course is designed for maximum flexibility, with a hybrid online format combining pre-recorded modules and practical, community-based assignments; followed by a virtual synchronous learning counseling training and lactation telehealth internship. Enrollees have 12 months to complete the course, and another 3 months to complete the internship.
The MiLC training prepares lactation supporters to work with military families and to understand Tricare billing requirements for lactation counseling services in a variety of settings, from Mom2Mom Chapter directors, to virtual and in-person support, to inpatient and outpatient, WIC, and community-based settings. Ideal for both newcomers to the field and experienced lactation and healthcare professionals, the MiLC is open to anyone with a desire to support breastfeeding military families, and it is required for all Chapter directors. We offer equity pricing to improve access to the lactation field for members of the military community.
Phone: 404-719-4297 ext. 104
Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), Inc. is a member network that was founded to address breastfeeding disparities to improve health equity among people of color nationwide through culturally competent training, education, advocacy, and support. With a focus on increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration rates, ROSE seeks to normalize breastfeeding by providing resources and networking opportunities for individuals and communities.
ROSE will pursue a strategic direction that:
The ROSE Community Transformer Training is a two-day workshop utilizing evidence based curriculum on providing peer breastfeeding support. During the training, individuals learn the essential skills for providing peer counseling in the area of lactation management and methods for making referrals to resources for interventions outside of their scope of practice. They are also taught how to lead ROSE breastfeeding clubs. Individuals must apply to become a ROSE Community Transformer, once the application is reviewed it is followed by a phone interview and then an invitation to the training.
Those that participate in this training, will then be connected to all of the ROSE Community Transformers that have undergone our training. Through this network, they will have access to resources and methods for tracking their reach.