Certified Breastfeeding Counselor (CBC) Certification Workshop

This is a 45 hour training and certification course, taught by Lea Rivera Todaro, IBCLC,  that meets the clinical competencies for doulas, nurses, health care providers and WIC nutritionists.  Unlike other certification in lactation education, this course is taught through a combination of case study, research analysis, protocol development.  Counselors finish the course with an understanding of true scope of work and the ethics of being a breastfeeding counselor.  CERPS and CMEs can be obtained. Counts for 45 hours of lactation specific education ( 25-30 hours 1-to-1 teaching + 10-15 hours of homework/observation).

Wed/Thu Sep 30 / Oct 14pm – 7:30pm EDT
Wed/Thu Oct 7/84pm – 7:30pm EDT
Wed/Thu Oct 14/154pm – 7:30pm EDT
Wed/Thu Oct 21/224pm – 7:30pm EDT
Wed/Thu Oct 28/294pm – 7:30pm EDT

Week 1
Language Matters
Composition of Human milk
Anatomy and physiology
Infant Oral Anatomy
Article Review

Week 2
Infant Assessment
Initiating Breastfeeding: Best practices
Institutional barriers
Positioning and Latch-on
Managing expectations
Assessment: Case study and develop protocol for initiation

Week 3
Managing Engorgement
Changes in frequency and duration
Mastitis, Thrush, Plugged Ducts
Slow weight gain in the Breastfed Infant
Nutrition during Lactation
Assessment: Case study and research review

Week 4
Feeding issues
Tongue tie
Nipple Damage
Cleft lips and palates, laryngomalacia
Late preterm infant
NICU admission
Assessment: Case study and develop protocol for NICU admission and discharge

Week 5
Breast Pumps and Manual Expression
Breast surgery
Breastfeeding and medications
Breastfeeding and Sexuality
Assessment: Research review and develop protocol for pump use

Clinical work
2 breastfeeding support groups or shadow an IBCLC on two home visits.

We understand Birth workers may be on-call. Therefore, one absence is permitted. If you are called to a birth, you will be able to schedule a make up session with the teacher.