california advanced lactation institute
integrated lactation education

Integrated Lactation Counseling

Integrated Lactation Counselor Training combines a foundation of basic knowledge about human lactation with counseling skills to improve breastfeeding self-efficacy. It includes the implementation of the First 100 Hours© lactation assessment program. We train our counselors to provide effective lactation care and make appropriate and timely referrals for IBCLC care and more!

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California Advanced Lactation Institute offers the lactation education you need to prepare to support breastfeeding/chestfeeding families and to sit for the IBCLC® Exam

45 Hours - Integrated Lactation Counselor Training

Covers Basic Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Management Techniques such as Positioning, Attachment, Physiology & Hormones of Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding, Milk Production, Common Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Challenges, Counseling Skills, Creating A Prenatal Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Class, Adult Learning Techniques, plus more  

Summer 2019 Dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24, and July 1, 2019

8a.m. - 5:30p.m.each day

Breakfast and Lunch included

All Learning Materials Provided

Homework and Post-Course Test Included

Continuing Education Units for Registered Nurses Included at No Extra Charge 


Advanced Series - Comprehensive Lactation Education

Builds upon the learner's knowledge of Basic Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Management skills and knowledge in the ILC course, exploring all topics in-depth and guiding the learner through the process of critical thinking and reasoning for optimal outcomes as is required for an IBCLC© in practice


2019 Dates:  6/15, 7/20, 8/17, 9/21, 10/19

(Completion of ILC Course or an equivalent 45-hour course in basic breastfeeding/chestfeeding management is required for this Advanced Series)

Taught by local, experienced IBCLCs, our program has been built from scratch to cover all areas of the IBLCE Exam Content Outline to ensure that our attendees have a well-rounded and thorough background in human lactation.  Join us in 2019, our 7th year of bringing together local individuals who are passionate about improving the quality of breastfeeding/chestfeeding support in our community.  There are NO prerequisites to take this course and it is appropriate for any individual with a high school diploma or GED-equivalent.  

Our 45-hour Integrated Lactation Counselor Training covers basic breastfeeding/chestfeeding management, creating and teaching a prenatal breastfeeding/chestfeeding curriculum, and touches on all areas of the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline (for those preparing to sit for the IBCLC Board Exam.)  Lactation counselors and educators work in many settings in our community including WIC offices, hospitals, providing education alongside doula and midwifery care, and as volunteers at Baby Café Bakersfield.  Integrated Lactation Counselors can provide hands-on breastfeeding/chestfeeding support under supervision, and the scope of practice for an ILC  positions the individual to provide prenatal breastfeeding/chestfeeding education to groups and individuals, facilitate breastfeeding/chestfeeding support groups, and to advocate for breastfeeding/chestfeeding in the community and the public health realm.  Any individual who with a high school diploma or equivalent is welcome to take this course.

Becoming an ILC can be the first step in your journey to certification as an IBCLC!  All candidates for the IBCLC exam, regardless of their background, need 90 hours of lactation-specific education - this series gets you halfway there, plus our curriculum spans the Content Outline.  You will be introduced to many areas of lactation practice and research.  

Our advanced series (the second set of 5 courses) covers each area of the IBCLC Detailed Content Outline in more detail.   


How Do You Want to Study Lactation?

There’s the old way: learn the information in a classroom and from textbooks, then answer some questions on a quiz and see how much you “know.” 

There’s the online way: learn the information by reading course content online on your own schedule, then answer some quiz questions and test your “knowledge.”  

Now there’s a new way: A comprehensive, competency-based lactation education and internship program which prepares you for the IBCLC exam while building your skill set and experience to help parents and babies.  We are proud to offer in 2019 both the ILC Training Course and the Comprehensive Lactation Intensive Program (CLIP.)

 We provide evidence-based lactation education to individuals who care for breastfeeding families.  Now we offer additional resources and opportunities for educating aspiring lactation professionals and other healthcare providers, as well as a searchable bank (under construction) of published research, case studies, practice tools, and photo/video galleries to complement lactation education.

The field of human lactation is ready to take inspiration from other movements which connect across disciplines to improve the level of care everyone provides.  CALI contributes significantly to public health by advocating lifelong health through a normal course of breastfeeding/chestfeeding.

We provide and curate evidence-based lactation education to enhance your ability to help parents.

We believe it's simple: breastfeeding/chestfeeding education helps parents make informed infant feeding choices.  We collect and share the most current evidence-based information about breastfeeding/chestfeeding, and we educate healthcare professionals and the community.  


The information contained on this entire website is presented for informational purposes only and should NOT be interpreted as medical advice.  

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