Certified Lactation Specialist (CLS)

CLS Course Qualifications

Who is eligible?
This is a training for WIC staff only. Due to limited seating, only one staff member from each local agency is eligible to attend. First priority should be given to the Breastfeeding Coordinator if he/she does not have current CLS credentials. If the Breastfeeding Coordinator does not need to attend, the WIC Coordinator will designate a staff member.

Are their any prerequisites to attending this training?
Staff must have previously attended Breastfeeding Basics and need a minimum of one year working for WIC, unless they are the new Breastfeeding Coordinator.

What is the cost to attend this training?
State WIC will pay for registration, breakfast and lunch all 5 days, and hotel accommodations.
State WIC does not pay for travel or dinner meals.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

Due to the current circumstances and recommended public health response to COVID-19, the CLS Training on March 23-27, 2020 have been postponed.

March 23-27, 2020
The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development

3535 Forest Rd.
Lansing, MI 48910
(517) 353-4350

Overnight Accommodations
Due to the nightly reading and homework assignments, it is recommended that all staff stay overnight. Hotel rooms are available and paid by State WIC for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. An optional Sunday night (before the training) and Friday night (after the training) hotel rooms are included for those living >60 miles from the training facility, if desired. You do not need to call the hotel to make reservations. We will reserve a room for you.

Candlewood Suites
3545 Forest Rd,
Lansing, MI 48910


  • History
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Composition of Human Milk
  • Infant Assessment & Conditions
  • CLS Information
  • Skin-to-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
  • Engorgement Bottle-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, & 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 & Milk Expression
  • Facilitating Change
  • Practice Exam
  • Review Questions
Colleen Batt, MS, RD, IBCLC
Dawn Kersula, MA, RN, LCCE, FACCE, 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.
This policy is available for you to read during the registration process under "Terms and Conditions" prior to submitting your registration.