Lactation Counselor Training Course
November 4-8, 2019
Canaan Valley Resort, Davis WV
The course is intended for professional and volunteer health care workers, such as nurses, midwives, physicians, dietitians, nutritionists, WIC staff, breastfeeding peer counselors, mother-to-mother counselors, childbirth educators, doulas, speech and occupational therapists, child welfare workers, etc. While professional and personal experiences with breastfeeding are of benefit to learners, there are no pre-requisite requirements for this program, other than a sincere desire to learn about breastfeeding and help others.
There are only 50 slots available for this training. The goal of the WVBA and our sponsors for this training is to increase the number of certified lactation support professionals in the state. Therefore, preference will be given to West Virginia residents who work with nursing women, particularly in underserved areas.
FEES: Registration for this national course is typically $745 ($625 per person, plus $120 exam fee) PLUS travel to out-of-state locations. Thanks to funding from WV WIC, the WVDHHR Office of Maternal Child & Family Health and the Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease, we are able to bring this training to WV with a significantly reduced registration rate of $225 ($200 for groups of 3 or more).
Continuing education credits, exam fee, and daily breakfast, lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee. Lodging is NOT included.
**If paying by check please make checks payable to “WV Perinatal Partnership” and mail to
WV Breastfeeding Alliance/WV Perinatal Partnership
1018 Kanawha Boulevard E, Suite 1100
Charleston WV 25301
Checks must be received by October 4 or registration is void.
Breakfast, breaks and lunch are included in the registration fee. Participants are responsible for their travel, lodging, dinner and the required course book. The “Pocket Guide to Lactation Management 3rd edition” is available for purchase at www.Amazon.com ($40).
A limited number of scholarships are available for this course. Please contact Molly McMillion @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the trainers
The WV Breastfeeding Alliance has partnered with Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding to bring this course to West Virginia. For more information about the trainers visit http://www.healthychildren.cc/faq.htm.
What is the Lactation Counselor Training Course?
The Center for Breastfeeding’s Lactation Counselor Training Course is a college level, forty-five hour course designed to provide up-to-date, research based information and clinical competency validation for the provision of professional lactation care. This course is offered at a variety of locations throughout the United States and around the world, training over 4,500 participants annually. Learners are engaged in over forty-five hours of didactic and experiential activities during this five-day course. On the final day, an examination is administered by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP). The exam consists of two parts: a didatic multiple choice written test (some questions refer to photographs) and a practical video assessment test. A certificate, and the designation Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), is awarded by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice to all learners who pass the exam and all competencies and who agree to comply with the Scope of Practice and the Code of Ethics. Participation in the exam is not required of learners. However, it is only after successful completion of the course and examination that the Lactation Counselor Certificate is conferred. Participants of the course receive continuing education credits regardless of the outcome of the examination. The certificate expires after three years, and may be renewed by submission of a minimum of 18 hours of continuing education.
A limited number of scholarships are available to West Virginia residents only. The goal of this training is to increase lactation support in West Virginia, preference will be given to those living/working in underserved areas. For a scholarship application Email Molly McMillion @ email@example.com
**Deadline for scholarship applications is September 30, 2019**
Canaan Valley Resort (Main Lodge) $79/night + 12% tax = $88.48 (Single or Double occupancy)
**To receive the special rate, call the CVR reservations department at 1-304-866-4121 ext. 7701 and reference the Certified Lactation Counselors Conference** Sorry, no online reservation link at this time.
Specifics About the Lactation Counselor Training Course
5-day course, Monday – Friday
Hours: 8:15 AM – 4:30 PM,
Lunch Break (provided): 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
6 hours of assignments must be completed during lunchtime or evenings.
**Please Note!! Participants must attend all sessions and cannot miss more than a total of 15 minutes of class for the entire week. Any participant who misses more than 15 minutes will be ineligible to sit for the exam.
Nursing Mothers/ Babies and Children
We love the sound of little ones; however, our goal is to give all course participants the optimal learning experience. Quietly nursing babies (6 months or younger) are allowed in the classroom during the course only. They may not be present during the exam. Older babies and children are not permitted during class or test sessions. A lactation room located near the class meeting space will be available for nursing mothers to use for nursing or pumping during the course.
Since registration is strictly limited to 50 participants, the WVBA must implement a cancellation policy allowing for enough time to fill vacant slots. The full registration fee will be refunded if cancellation is received by October 14. Substitutions will be allowed in the event that there is no waiting list.