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.
Join us for five days of current information on lactation management presented by Lactation Education Consultants (LEC). LEC has been teaching lactation courses since 1995.
Attendees will receive continuing education to assist them in meeting the requirements to sit for the IBCLC exam. Those attending all sessions and passing the end of course exam, will receive a Certified Lactation Specialist designation.
This program encourages health professionals to integrate breastfeeding into all aspects of education. Topics will include composition of human milk, lactation physiology, maternal and infant assessment, latch-on and positioning, assessment of a feeding, alternative feeding methods, principles of supplementation, breastfeeding the preterm/special needs infant, pharmacology/toxicology, maternal psychological issues/sexual abuse, essential elements in a lactation history, and effective counseling techniques.
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
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.
3545 Forest Rd,
Lansing, MI 48910
Dawn Kersula, MA, RN, LCCE, FACCE, IBCLC
Carole Peterson, MS, IBCLC