Certified Lactation Support Counselor (LSC) (formerly Certified Breastfeeding Counselor (CBC) Certification Workshop

This is a 45 hour training and certification course, taught by Lea Rivera, 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. The curriculum, designed and taught by Lea fits the current conversations around health disparities, Covid 19 and racism in lactation support. Counselors finish the course with an understanding of true scope of work and the ethics of being a lactation 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) and can be used toward pursuing the IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) certification.

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

Week 2 
Infant Assessment
Initiating Bodyfeeding/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
Hyperbilirubinemia
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
Multiples
Weaning
Assessment: Case study and develop protocol for NICU admission and discharge

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

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

We understand birthworkers may be on-call. Therefore, one absence is permitted. If you are called to a birth, you will be able to watch a make-up session.

Our Pay-What-You-Can program for BIPOC/LGBTQ+ providers who are in need is open for the June 2021 training.  Email support@birthdaypresence.com.