Certified Lactation Specialist (CLS)

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.

Registration Fee

State WIC will pay for this training and the test for certification. If you need to re-take the test, you will be responsible for that fee.

Virtual Agenda

Please log-on to the Zoom link 10-15 minutes before the training to ensure that your technology is working. Cameras and mics are required.

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m, Monday-Friday

WIC Training Binder

Training binder will be shipped to your home address before the course starts.

Homework Documents

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.

2021 Dates & Locations

Not offered this fiscal year.
Virtual Training


  • 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
  • Dawn Kersula
  • Stephanie Carroll
  • Jan Ellen Brown
All participants registering in advance will receive a Participant Reminder with the training details. If you do not receive a confirmation email 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.