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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?

CommunityPark.jpgThere 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.

To use this directory, click on the name of the organization you're interested in learning more about. You can read about the different courses that organization offers, including links, to their webpage and class calendars, and contact information. You can also simply scroll down the page to learn more about available courses.

Inclusion of an organization or training course in this directory does not imply endorsement or support by the United States Breastfeeding Committee.

sitemgr_photo_50.jpgBreastfeeding USA


Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI)


Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA)


Healthy Children Project, Inc


La Leche League USA


Lactation Education Consultants


Lactation Education Resources


Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)

If you are a member of a national organization and want to submit information about training opportunities, please contact

Training Information

Breastfeeding USA 


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.

Breastfeeding Counselors:

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.



Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI)

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.



Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA)


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 Core Competencies in Breastfeeding Care and Services for All Health Professionals as outlined by the USBC. Ideal for labor and postpartum doulas, WIC staff, public health employees, and anyone looking to offer lactation education.
  • The 20 Hour World Health Organization Curriculum to support the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Ideal for hospital staff, pediatricians, obstetricians, midwives, and PAs specializing in maternity care.
  • The CAPPA Lactation Educator CLE® or CAPPA Community Educator™, LE(C) certification steps for workshop attendance. Ideal for anyone wanting to become a Certified Lactation Educator, CLE®.

The training covers the followings topics:

  • Goals/Roles of the Lactation Educator™
  • Historical Look at Breastfeeding
  • Anatomy of Breast and Lactation Physiology
  • Importance of Breastfeeding/ Hazards of Formula Feeding
  • Counseling the Postpartum Family
  • Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (Baby-Friendly)
  • Working with the Hospital
  • Maternal/Infant Challenges
  • Pumping/Expressing Breastmilk
  • Medications and Mother's Milk
  • Teaching to Adult Learners
  • And much more!

 For more information about the CLE:



Healthy Children Project, Inc - Center for Breastfeeding

Phone: 508-888-8044

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.

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Lactation Education Consultants

618 North Wheaton Ave
Wheaton, IL 60187

Phone: 630-260-4847
Fax: 630-260-8879



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.



 Lactation Education Resources


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.

Lactation Consultant Training Program (LCTP) is a LEAARC Approved 90-hour in-depth online training program to prepare for the IBLCE certification exam. This comprehensive course covers all the topics on the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline. Information is evidence based, continuously updated and provided by 25+ internationally recognized instructors who work in a variety of clinical practice settings. Course work is enhanced with case studies, relevant web based resources and interviews.  The 90-hour course provides a Breastfeeding Specialist Certificate upon completion.

Certified Breastfeeding Specialist:

Get the essential topics you need to be prepared to begin counseling breastfeeding mothers in this 45-hour course. 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 Core Phase II course to complete the didactic education.

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La Leche League USA



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:

  • Providing free meetings led by volunteer Leaders who have breastfed their own babies beyond a year and are trained and accredited by La Leche League International.
  • Offering individualized support between meetings for breastfeeding challenges, such as positioning and latch, being sure baby is getting enough milk, soreness, pumping, milk storage, and returning to work or school.
  • Helping parents learn about the ages and stages of breastfeeding.
  • Creating a community of support by bringing breastfeeding families together.

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.

Find a La Leche League Leader near you:

Learn more about becoming a La Leche League Leader:



Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)



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:

  • Empowers a growing cadre of advocacy-oriented “community transformers;”
  • Pursues and maintains a seat at the table of leaders who are developing policies for health care services that support breastfeeding activities through private and public funding;
  • Establishes and implements national and regional initiatives that will enhance and strengthen family and community breastfeeding programs, such as:
    • Faith-based Breastfeeding Outreach initiative
    • Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere
    • Breastfeeding Clubs
    • Cultural Breastfeeding Coalitions
  • Accepts its leadership role and serves as a resource for a network of maternal child health providers, paternal child health providers, health care agencies, and community health activists; and
  • Expands its financial and human resources, and institutes an effective management and governance structure able to sustain a national organization, such as through membership and affiliates

Community Transformers

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 reac

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