Enroll in a high-quality, engaging, virtual class or in-person CAPPA CLE® training offered by Lactation University
The Certified Lactation Educator™ Training will advance your breastfeeding knowledge and counseling skills.
Learn the information and skills necessary to teach in-person or virtual breastfeeding/chestfeeding classes. This course will prepare you to begin working right away and can provide an additional revenue source. Use the CLE® Certification to apply to teach in clinics or hospitals. This course is in high-demand. Breastfeeding rates are increasing, and people are searching for classes and trained professionals. Families hiring doulas and NCS seek candidates with lactation knowledge and skills. Don't let employment opportunities pass you by, register now.
Students receive over $150 of materials including a manual, resource notebook and lactation teaching supplies.
The CLE® course can function as a stand alone training for contact hours, professional development, personal growth, doula requirements, IBLCE L-Cerps (21.25), BFHI preparation and peer counselor training. Many Certified Lactation Educators use the credential in their private practice. The credential is also used as a stepping stone credential for anyone aspiring to become an IBCLC.
The CLE training is the prerequisite to become certified through CAPPA. Those who attend the 24 hour training can choose to continue their education through CAPPA Academy and become a Certified Lactation Educator in 3 easy steps:
Meet Your Instructor
Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC, is an international speaker, published author, public health educator, childbirth educator, birth doula and inventor. She has trained over 150 IBCLC students and over 1,500 CLE Students. Her goal is to help you reach yours!
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Membership Now Included!
NEW! Students receive a 1-Year CAPPA Membership ($75) included with their training registration and payment.
Membership benefits include:
$585 Early Bird Rate
$635 Regular Rate
$525 Alumni Rate
(Second training or refresher with Christy Jo)
Inquire about BIPOC & Active Military discount ($535)
Pay the deposit ($255) and hold your spot. Balance of $340 due one week prior to first day of training.
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Join the thousands of students trained through the CAPPA CLE Course
Those who enroll in a course by faculty, Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC, RLC, CLE, CCCE, CD, receive class supplies, teaching tools and a Resource Notebook in addition to the CAPPA Manual. Attendees are also invited to join a private discussion & mentoring group.
CAPPA is the only organization that offers the Certified Lactation Educator™ (CLE®) Course. This certification is a distinction that ensures individuals are proficient in providing high-quality lactation education and support to communities and families. The three-day, in-person training is the first step towards becoming a Certified Lactation Educator™ with CAPPA. This course is designed to improve the skill base, knowledge and perspectives on breastfeeding for perinatal professionals.
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The CLE® Training satisfies the following:
The Core Competencies in Breastfeeding Care and Services for All Health Professionals as outlined by the United States Breastfeeding Committee (no endorsement by the USBC is implied). Ideal for labor and postpartum doulas, WIC staff, public health employees, and anyone looking to offer lactation education.
The 20 Hour World Health Organization Curriculum to support the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Ideal for hospital staff, pediatricians, obstetricians, midwives, and PAs specializing in maternity care.
The CAPPA Lactation Educator™, CLE® or CAPPA Community Educator™, LE(C) certification steps for workshop attendance. Ideal for anyone wanting to become a Certified Lactation Educator™, CLE®. or LE(C).
Peer Counselor training (confirm with your agency to verify education requirements)
The CAPPA 20 Hour Lactation Educator Training Class includes the CAPPA Lactation Manual, Resource Notebook, Certificate of Attendance, and unique giveaways to enhance your practice.
The training covers the following topics:
The CLE® program is not a Lactation Consultant Course and Certified Lactation Educators™ do not provide clinical assessments. The important scope of practice for a CLE® is to provide education, support and appropriate referrals to individuals and groups. CLE®s serve to promote, protect and support in all areas of infant feeding
CAPPA CLE®s secure employment in a variety of settings. Many teach classes in hospitals, WIC clinics, community programs and private practice. Attendees can also facilitate breastfeeding support groups or work as breast pump rental technicians or in breastfeeding supply stores.
Nurses, NCS, Doulas and Midwives often attend the course to ensure they are providing the highest quality care and compliment the the services they already provide. The opportunities are endless!
Several CLE®s have used this credential as a stepping stone to achieve the IBCLC Certification.. Students who complete the training are invited to apply to become LUVS and earn clinical hours for the IBCLC direct-service hour prerequisite.
The CLE® training is an exceptional value. Students are awarded 21.25 L-Cerps by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners #C1771433 and 24 CAPPA Contact Hours. Registered Dietitians: should maintain a copy of the agenda and certificate of attendance for CPEs for your Professional Development Portfolio. Curriculum approved by Lactation Education.
24 BRNs are available for an additional $15. Nurses will complete a form and submit it, along with the course evaluation to receive the CEUs.
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Are you ready to begin your career in lactation or gain more evidence-based information and skills? Sign up now for the next virtual or in-person CLE® Training. Registered and paid students receive the pre-training Study Guide and pre-course assignments one-two weeks prior to the course. Check your spam folder for any missing correspondance.
"I loved how the presenter kept it real, she shared how she handled different, less than ideal situations, with the ultimate goal of supporting breastfeeding and encouraging mothers--Great Job!"