Lactation Educator Training

Empower expectant and new families in their feeding journey by providing accurate, current, and consistent information about breastfeeding and lactation.

Program Overview

Are you passionate about helping new parents navigate the sometimes confusing and often rewarding journey of breastfeeding? Upon completion of the Lactation Educator training, you’ll be able to teach 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.

Program Length

5 days 



Course Details

A complete, in-person core program to begin practice in evidence-based breastfeeding and lactation care. This five-day course is essential education for any healthcare professional or individual who works with new mothers and their newborns, or as the beginning process for becoming a lactation consultant (IBCLC). 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. 


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

Modules include:

  • Talking to Pregnant Women about Feeding their Babies: Breastfeeding Promotion
  • Culture: Belief or Best Practice or Both?
  • Prenatal Assessment for Breastfeeding: What to Look for in the Physical Exam
  • The Wonders of Human Milk: Why Breastmilk and Breastfeeding Matter
  • Human Milk and the Development of the Immune System: Consequences of Formula Feeding
  • Getting Families Started Breastfeeding: Evidence-Based Care
  • Position and Attachment for First Feedings: Evidence or Opinion?
  • Normal Breastfeeding Patterns and Growth and Development: The Baby 0-3 Months Old
  • The Anatomy and Hormones of Milk Production: The Influence of Early Care
  • Challenging Feedings: Good Problem Solving
  • Early Clinical Challenges: Nipple Pain Beyond Physiologic Nipple and Breast Infection
  • Common Questions about Nutrition During Lactation
  • Caring For Babies Who are Born Early: Breastfeeding the Preterm, Very Preterm Infant
  • Common Questions about Medications During Lactation
  • The Late Preterm and "Supposedly" Term Infant: Now Official "Early Term" Somewhere Between Term & Preterm Infants
  • Tools and Techniques of the Trade
  • Non-Infectious Mastitis: Engorgement, Plugged Ducts Chronic Inflammation
  • Safe Sleep and the Conflict with Biology and Culture
  • Growth and Development: 3-6 Months Old
  • Caring for the Infant with Hyperbilirubinemia: What Role Does Breastfeeding Play?
  • Insufficient Milk Volumes & Slow Gaining Infants: Is it Intake or Supply? (3 hours)
  • Relationships in the Breastfeeding Family
  • Breastfeeding Women Who Return to Work: Describe Some of the Challenges of Breastfeeding and Working Outside the Home
  • Breastfeeding Six Months and Beyond: The Biologic End of Breastfeeding

All topics from the IBCLC Detailed Content OutlineTechnical Reports & Studies are covered. A specific breakdown of CERP hours is available upon request.

Module Learning Objectives are available at


There is no required textbook for this course.

All cancellation, transfer, make-up, and refund requests must be received in writing via email.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation requests made at least 30 calendar days before the first day of the workshop are eligible for a full refund, minus a $150 processing fee.
  • Cancellation requests made less than 30 calendar days before the start of the class are not eligible for a refund.

Transfer Policy

  • Transfer requests must be made at least 30 calendar days before the first day of the workshop and will incur a $100 processing fee.

Make-Up Policy:

  • Attendance for 100% of the course sessions is required.
  • No refunds are provided for no shows or missed portions of the course.
  • To obtain your certificate of completion, it is necessary for you to attend all sessions and successfully complete all assignments.
  • It may be possible to make-up missed sessions of the course with approval from the instructor and the Simkin Center Director, please note this option is not guaranteed.
  • Some sessions will require make-up attendance during a future Foundations for Best Practice in Lactation Care, please note that a $100 processing fee, plus $100 per makeup session will apply.
  • Make-up sessions must be completed within 9 months of your initial workshop.
  • If you have missed any sessions and need to explore your options for make-up, please contact us. We will be glad to assist you.

To be eligible for a refund or transfer, you must submit your request in writing via email, [email protected], even if you initiate the process via Catalog.

The Simkin Center reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond our control.

If you have any questions about our registration policies, please don't hesitate to contact us via email at [email protected] or give us a call at (425) 602-3378.

  • International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Provider Number: CLT108-4 - 45 CERPs (43L & 2E) 
  • Instructional hours in topics on IBLCE Detailed Content Outline - 45 Hours 
  • California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number: CEP 14127 (RNs Only) - 45 Contact Hours 
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration CPE Hours, Category II, Provider Number: EV001 - 45 CPE Hours (Expires: May 31, 2024) 
  • All Evergreen Perinatal Education LLC courses follow the IBCLC Detailed Content Outline. And Evergreen Perinatal Education has been accepted by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) as a CERP provider for the listed Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) program. Determination of CERPs eligibility or CERPs Provider status does not imply IBLCE®’s endorsement or assessment of education quality.