Lactation Educator Training

About Our Lactation Educator Training

Make a difference in the health of mothers and infants and add to your professional credentials through our Foundations for Best Practice in Lactation Care (FBPLC) course. The comprehensive five-day course is taught by expert, board-certified lactation consultants. The class provides you with the first 45 foundation hours for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) certification exam. To learn more about becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, please visit the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners' website.

This course is designed for health care providers and lay people who want to provide accurate, current and consistent information about breastfeeding and lactation to expectant and new families. Content is based on current research as it applies to best practice issues in the clinical setting. In addition to attending all lectures, students complete a written study guide and outline a project of their choice.

Completion of FBPLC provides a Lactation Educator Certificate.

This Course is Intended For:

  • midwives and midwifery students
  • birth and postpartum doulas
  • childbirth educators
  • maternity or pediatric nurses
  • obstetricians, pediatricians or family physicians
  • WIC staff
  • early parenting educators
  • perinatal social workers
  • Early Headstart staff
  • La Leche League leaders who want updates and new scientific resources
  • public health nurses or staff working with new families
  • occupational or respiratory therapists working with breastfeeding newborns
  • dieticians serving pregnant women, new mothers and their babies
  • preparation for re-certification

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are approved from:

  • International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Provider Number: CLT108-4 45 CERPs (43L & 2 E) (For IBCLCs only)

  • 45 instructional hours on the IBLCE Exam Blueprint (for preparation for first IBLCE exam)

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration, 45 CPE hours, Category II (For RDs only)

  • Provider approved by California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number: CEP 141275 45 contact hours  (For RNs only)

    Institutional discounts and scholarships are available. Please phone the Simkin Center for more info at (425) 602-3361.


Training Details

Our Foundations for Best Practice in Lactation Care training is a five-day course. 

Topics include:

  • Effective breastfeeding promotion
  • Prenatal breast assessment
  • Cultural influences on infant feeding choices
  • Importance of breastfeeding for the teenager
  • Getting breastfeeding started with evidence-based care
  • Why midwifery care makes sense for good breastfeeding outcomes
  • The effects of hospital routines on early breastfeeding
  • Predictable newborn behaviors
  • Importance of positioning and latch in early breastfeeding
  • Assessment of newborn latch and suck
  • Supplements for breastfed babies – when are they needed?
  • Influence of commercial baby food industries
  • Understanding the letters: IBCLC, IBLCE, ILCA
  • Maternal nutrition
  • Hyperbilirubinemia
  • Breastfeeding challenges and problems – engorgement, sore nipples
  • How we communicate with breastfeeding families
  • Communication skills – case studies
  • Liability and ethics about infant feeding
  • Maternal medications and breastfeeding
  • On-going breastfeeding problems – yeast, mastitis, abscess, plugged ducts
  • Breastfeeding multiples
  • Breastfeeding the premature infant
  • Relationships in the breastfeeding family
  • Culture and the conflict with human biology
  • Care of the slow to gain, poorly gaining infant
  • Relactation and nursing an adopted baby
  • The grief of a failed breastfeeding experience
  • Skills labs
  • The meaning of family-centered care
  • Setting up a lactation service
  • Postpartum depression and breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding and the working mother
  • The real meaning of “Baby Friendly”
  • Breastfeeding the older child
  • When breastfeeding ends

Recommended Reading

There are many excellent reference books available. If you wish to purchase books before the course, we recommend starting with one of the following:


The Simkin Center Foundations for Best Practice in Lactation Care is lead by board-certified lactation consultants:

Upcoming Trainings

Monday, 2020
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Due to Covid-19 this trainings is cancelled. Check course calendar for upcoming trainings.
Monday, 2020
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
Earn a Lactation Educator Certificate in 5 days, instructed by expert faculty of Evergreen Perinatal Education. Monday-Friday, September 14-18, 2020 8am-5pm

What Our Students Say

  • It really is the gold standard for doulas. I would take it again, just to stay on top of information. The instructors together are super. The normal ups and downs of breast feeding are well within scope of practice for the birth and postpartum doula. However, I now know when to refer for out of scope issues ... it helped clarify the doula scope and helped me gain confidence in my skills. This is the best workshop to take!
  • I wanted to let you know that I passed the IBLCE exam, and am now an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant! Part of my preparation was to take the [Simkin Center] Professional Education in Breastfeeding and Lactation workshop.
  • I have been a labor and delivery nurse for 17 years and was recently hired on as lactation staff in our hospital. The experience and knowledge gained [in the workshop] will have a tremendous impact on the way I practice and the information I give parents. I wish I’d had this same course years ago … even in nursing school.
  • Knowledgeable, compassionate instructors are what the [Simkin Center] is all about. I am constantly impressed with the quality of your programs.
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