Certified Lactation Specialist (CLS)

CLS Course Qualifications

* Not every WIC staff member qualifies to attend. The information of pre-requisites will be in the E-Notice. For instance, CPAs must have previously attended BF Basics and they need a minimum of 1 year experience in the CPA role.

We need employer, program and role/title to verify they are not MIHP or other non-WIC staff.

The E-notice will alert WIC Coordinators to: Screen their staff, pre-approve attendance and understand what costs the LA will be responsible for.

There is limited seating.

There is no registration fee for this course. However, it is recommended that you stay at the hotel due to the intensive schedule and 2-3 hours of homework each evening.

There are requirements that must be met in order to qualify to participate in the CLS course.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

New opportunities in 2020


  • History
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Composition of Human Milk
  • Infant Assessment and Conditions
  • CLS Information
  • Skin-t-Skin
  • Laid-back Breastfeeding
  • Physiology of Milk Production
  • Normal Breastfeeding
  • Teaching Classes & Promotion of Breastfeeding
  • 11 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
  • Counseling Breastfeeding Moms
  • Latch, Suck, Milk Transfer & Positioning
  • Epidemiology
  • IBLCE Information
  • Research
  • Plugged Ducts & Mastitis
  • EngorgementvBottle-Feeding vs. Breastfeeding
  • Sore Nipples & Yeast
  • Culture
  • Alternative Feeding Methods
  • Psychological Issues
  • Maternal Conditions
  • Hypoglycemia & Jaundice
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Tongue-Tie
  • Preterm & Late Preterm
  • Medications
  • Working
  • Taking a Complete History/Doing a Consult
  • Fussy Baby
  • Perception of Low Milk Supply
  • Insufficient Milk Supply
  • Nutrition
  • Co-sleeping, Bedsharing, and the Risk of SIDS
  • Growth & Development/Older Babies
  • Ethics
  • Teens
  • Interactive Consults
  • Slide Review
  • CLS Exam
  • Working as an IBCLC
  • Second Night & Parenting
  • Baby Behavior
  • Pumping and Milk Expression
  • Facilitating Change
  • Practice Exam
  • Review questions
Jan Barger RN, BSN, IBCLC
Linda Kutner RN, BSN, IBCLC
Carole Peterson MS, IBCLC
All participants registering in advance will receive a confirmation letter, including a map and directions. If you do not receive a confirmation letter one week prior to the event, or if you have any questions regarding registration, please contact MPHI at (517) 324-8330.
Cancellations and no-shows for any reason, including inclement weather conditions and weather related emergencies, are subject to the full registration fee if there is one. Refunds will not be given at any time. Substitutions are welcome. For Event or Registration Questions: Call (517) 324-8330 or email eandtreg@mphi.org.

The full policy is available for you to read during the registration process under "Terms and Conditions" prior to submitting your registration.

Please Note: Due to flu season, we ask that if you experience any symptoms related to the flu, please stay home and do not attend the event. Contact MPHI either by phone or email if you will not be attending. To learn more about the flu and what you can do, please visit www.flu.gov or call (800) 232-4636.