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Certified Breastfeeding Counselor (CBC) Training

Certified Breastfeeding Counselor (CBC) Training


We have cancelled Monday March 4th because of inclement weather.

The class will run for 4 weeks instead of the usual 5. 

There is still space to sign up, class now starts March 11th!

This is a 45-hour training 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.  Counselors finish the course with an understanding of the 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).

Date Time
Monday, Mar 11, 2019 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday, Mar 18, 2019 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday, Mar 25, 2019 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday, Apr 1, 2019 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Day 1
Language Matters
The composition of Human milk
Anatomy and physiology
Infant Oral Anatomy
Article Review

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

Day 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

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

Day 5
Breast Pumps and Manual Expression
Breast surgery
Breastfeeding and medications
Breastfeeding and Sexuality
Assessment: Research review and develop a 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 makeup session with the teacher.