CAPPA is the only organization that offers the Certified Lactation Educator™ (CLE®) Course. This certification is a distinction that ensures individuals are proficient in providing high-quality lactation education and support to communities and families. The three-day, in-person training is the first step towards becoming a Certified Lactation Educator™ with CAPPA. This course is designed to improve the skill base, knowledge and perspectives on breastfeeding for perinatal professionals.
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The CLE® Training satisfies the following:
The Core Competencies in Breastfeeding Care and Services for All Health Professionals as outlined by the United States Breastfeeding Committee (no endorsement by the USBC is implied). Ideal for labor and postpartum doulas, WIC staff, public health employees, and anyone looking to offer lactation education.
The 20 Hour World Health Organization Curriculum to support the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Ideal for hospital staff, pediatricians, obstetricians, midwives, and PAs specializing in maternity care.
The CAPPA Lactation Educator™, CLE® or CAPPA Community Educator™, LE(C) certification steps for workshop attendance. Ideal for anyone wanting to become a Certified Lactation Educator™, CLE®. or LE(C).
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Peer Counselor training (confirm with your agency to verify education requirements)
The CAPPA 20 Hour Lactation Educator Training Class includes the CAPPA Lactation Manual, Resource Notebook, Certificate of Attendance,and unique give-aways to enhance your practice.
The training covers the following topics:
Certified Lactation Educators™ secure employment in a variety of places including, WIC offices, hospitals, community programs or private practice. Nurses, Doulas and Midwives often attend the course to compliment the services they already provide.
The CLE® program is not a Lactation Consultant Course and Certified Lactation Educators™ do not provide hands-on breastfeeding support. The important scope of practice for a CLE® is to provide education, support and appropriate referrals to individuals and groups. CLEs serve to promote, protect and support in all areas of human lactation.
The CLE® training is an exceptional value. Students are awarded 21.25 L-Cerps by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners #C1771433 and 24 CAPPA Contact Hours. Registered Dietitians: should maintain a copy of the agenda and certificate of attendance for CPEs for your Professional Development Portfolio. Curriculum approved by Lactation Education.
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Are you ready to begin your career in lactation or gain more evidence-based information and skills? Sign up now for the next CLE® Training in your area. Complete registration, and you will receive your pre-training Study Guide and pre-course assignments two weeks prior to the course.
"I loved how the presenters kept it real, in that they shared how they handled different, less than ideal situations, with the ultimate goal of supporting breastfeeding and encouraging mothers--Great Job!"