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.

There will be no refund for cancellation requests made less than 30 calendar days before the start of class. The deadline to request a refund or transfer is 30 calendar days before the first day of the workshop for which you are registered. We must receive your request in writing via email. A $100 processing fee is charged on all cancellations, transfers, or refunds. Only one transfer per calendar year is permitted. Returned checks will be assessed a $28 fee.

No refunds are made for any missed portions of a course. It may be possible to make up missed portions of a course for an additional fee of $75/day. Contact us to explore that option. Simkin Center reserves the right to cancel courses with insufficient enrollment, in which case a full refund will be granted. 

ADD You may initiate dropping a course through Canvas Catalog; however, please note policies regarding cancellations, transfers, and refunds. If you have questions regarding our registration policies, you must contact us via email or call us at 425-602-3378.

Certificates of Completion: In order to receive your certificate of completion, you must attend all sessions and complete all assignments before the end of the workshop. A duplicate digital copy of a certificate of completion can be provided. You will need to call our office to initiate a request for a duplicate certificate.

  • 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.