Lactation Specialist (CLS) & Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Trainings


Lactation Specialist (CLS) Training
Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Training
Become an On-Site Program Sponsor


Lactation Specialist (CLS) Training

This 3 day (24 hour) knowledge and skills competency based program trains participants to be a Lactation Specialist, as well as fulfills the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative requirements (BFHI), Step 2. Participants will obtain the most up-to-date information in the lactation field.

A comprehensive overview of basics skills is incorporated in the training along with the most current information and recommendations for consistency in practice.

Day 3 of the training focuses on demonstrating “Competencies in Breastfeeding Care.” Participants will get to practice many of the necessary skills they need when working breastfeeding families.

View current Lactation Specialist (CLS) Training schedule

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Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Training

This basic program trains participants to be Lactation Specialists and to obtain the most up-to-date information in the lactation field. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) program uses criteria research based information to substantiate the information and training the student receives and therefore gives consistency to patient education and recommendations.

This training is an excellent opportunity for front line staff such as postpartum nurses, labor & delivery nurses, or WIC personnel to obtain consistent and clinically appropriate information for basic patient education.

Nurses who work with mothers, babies, and families often extend their skills by becoming lactation specialists. This 2 day (16 hour) training program may meet the requirement for staff training for the baby friendly applicant hospital.

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Become an On-Site Program Sponsor

The Lactation Specialist (CLS) and/or BFHI programs offered by UC San Diego Extension can come to your location. These programs are tailored to the audience or area that makes the request and joint ventures with UC San Diego Extension. The requirements of the hosting facility or organization are to provide meeting space, audio-visual support. To meet the BFHI requirement the facility may need to provide assistance with clinical placement for student observations of a lactation consultant or lactation specialist.

Bring the UC San Diego Extension BFHI program to your facility: Process to sponsor BFHI course

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