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About the Lactation Education Counselor Program


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  • In-Person
  • Online
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To apply, submit an application by clicking "Apply Now" on the right. The application is straightfoward and there is no application fee.

Industry Certification

The UC San Diego Extended Studies Lactation Consultant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Lactation  CAAHEP.png Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC)
355 Hartford Avenue West
Uxbridge, MA 01569

Continuing Education for Nurses

UC San Diego, Division of Extended Studies is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Course content expires December 31, 2027. No one in a position to control content has a relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company.

UC San Diego Extended Studies is an approved provider of re-licensure credit for registered nurses by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number 0058.


Advisory Board

Alexandra Barrera, RN, DNP, IBCLC

UC San Diego, Instructor

Kristina Chamberlain, CNM, ARNP, IBCLC

UC San Diego, Lead Lactation Clinical Instructor

Rose deVigne-Jackiewicz, RN, IBCLC

UC San Diego, Instructor

Jamie Felice, MSN, RN, PHN, IBCLC

HHS, County of San Diego

Jennifer Gathman, MSN, FNP-C, IBCLC, PMH-C

UC San Diego, Instructor

Ruth Hammer, RN, MSN, IBCLC

UC San Diego Health, Instructor

Robin Kaplan, MEd, IBCLC

San Diego Breastfeeding Center

Michelle Lee, PhD, RN

Kaiser Permanente

Michelle Leff, MD, IBCLC, FAAP

UC San Diego Health

Edna Prieto, MD, IBCLC, Pediatrician

Private Practice

Margaret Saltysiak, MPH, BS, IBCLC

UC San Diego, Instructor

Kara Sunderland, RN, IBCLC

Rady Children's Hospital

Christina Tenorio, MPH, BS, IBCLC, CLC, ICCE

UC San Diego, Instructor

Nancy Wight, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP

San Diego Breastfeeding Coalition

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.