Program Outline and Requirements
The Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) program is a five-week workshop designed to help prepare health professionals and other interested individuals to become lactation educators and/or counselors. It provides the student the basic information necessary to promote breastfeeding and human lactation support, including topics on basic anatomy and physiology of milk production, assessing the latching, positioning and feeding process, providing corrective interventions, counseling mothers and their support people, and common concerns of breastfeeding and solutions. Upon completion of the course, the participants are Certificated Lactation Educator Counselors (CLE/CLC).
CLE/CLC certification means that a person has received training and competency verification in breastfeeding. CLE/CLCs are members of the healthcare industry, who can provide knowledge and counseling about breastfeeding. They understand that breastfeeding decisions are made by the mother, who may have values and goals different from the counselor. A counseling approach is used to gather information and provide appropriate support to the mother and her family. CLE/CLCs are Registered Nurses, Pediatricians, Obstetricians, Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, LVNs, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Dietitians, Childbirth Educators, Doulas, and peer counselors. The Certification is valid for 5 years from the date printed on the certificate.
In addition to attending the five workshops, students must also complete various homework assignments, observations, and tests with a satisfactory score before completion and certification.