Virtual Certified Lactation Support Counselor (CLSC) Training

This is a 45-hour lactation counselor training and certification course, taught by the expert and highly regarded Lactation Consultant, Lea Rivera, IBCLC, which meets the clinical competencies for doulas, nurses, health care providers, birth workers, and WIC nutritionists. Unlike other certifications in lactation education, this course is taught through a combination of case study, research analysis, and protocol development.

The curriculum, designed and taught by Lea, fits the current conversations around health disparities and racism in lactation support. Counselors finish the course with an understanding of the true scope of work and the ethics of being a lactation counselor. 52 CERPS (continuing education credits from the IBLCE) and CMEs can be obtained. Counts for 45 hours of lactation-specific education and can be used toward pursuing the IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) certification. No exam. No textbook required.

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Virtual CLSC training is an intensive 1-week format (20 hours group classroom + 5 hours 1-to-1 or small group teaching + 20 hours of homework/observation).

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Training includes:
Language Matters
Composition of Human milk
Anatomy and physiology
Infant Oral Anatomy
Article Review

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

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

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

Breast Pumps and Manual Expression
Breast surgery
Breastfeeding and medications
Body feeding/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 birth workers 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.

We offer 2 full and 2 half scholarships for BIPOC/LGBTQ+ providers who are in need. Email to inquire. These scholarships are meant for people who would not otherwise be able to attend the training because their financial resources are limited. If you have the means to pay for the full training, or if you have limited resources, but do not identify as BIPOC/LGBTQ+, payment plans are available.

In childbirth, systemic racism is the root cause of disparities leading to higher maternal mortality rates for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Doulas and Lactation Counselors improve birth and postpartum outcomes and makes a difference in more positive birth and postpartum experiences. Doulas and Lactation Counselors are an essential part of collaborative, respectful quality care. We offer 2 full and 2 half scholarships to individuals who identify as BIPOC/LGBTQ+ and have shown:

A commitment to improving birth, postpartum, lactation or infant outcomes
Have a financial need for scholarship assistance
Will use their lactation skills to support their community

If you feel that you meet the above criteria, please submit a short essay or submit a 1-min video addressing the questions below. Here are some questions to consider as you write or speak. Please submit to

Why do you want to become a Lactation Counselor and what do you hope to gain from this training?
In what capacity would you like to serve lactating people and their families?
How do you see yourself creating change through birthwork?
How will this scholarship help you with your future goals?
Do you identify as BIPOC/LGBTQ+?
Scholarships submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis and awarded until filled.