Events Calendar

This page lists California continuing education programs presented by local and regional breastfeeding coalitions, community-based organizations, and health care and educational institutions. If you would like your program listed, please email Robbie at

Online: UCSD Lactation Educator Counselor Course
Jun 1 – Sep 30 all-day

UC San Diego Extension Lactation Education Program

Summer Online: June – September, 2017

This program prepares health professionals and other interested individuals to become lactation educators. It furnishes the basic information necessary to promote breastfeeding and to interact in the breastfeeding situation by assisting and encouraging the breastfeeding triad of mother, baby, and support person.

Topics include basic anatomy and physiology of lactation, early attachment of the baby, hospital care, support during the postpartum stage, common concerns and solutions, and appliances and apparatuses used in breastfeeding.

This 45 hour program meets the prerequisite requirement for the LEAARC Approved Lactation Consultant training program. At completion of the course students are “Certificated Lactation Educator Counselors.”

This course is the required prerequisite to the Lactation Consultant course.

Other Credit: BRN, RD: 45 CE Hrs.  IBLCE CERP’s: 45

Credit: 4 units

View the program website at 


-On the web:

-By Phone: (858) 534-3400

Section TBA
Cost: $695


or call: (858) 534-9262

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Modesto: FREE CLE Training (5 days)
Aug 17 – Aug 23 all-day

Certified Lactation Educator Training

Stanislaus County CLE Training with Molly Pessl, BSN, IBCLC
Director of Evergreen Perinatal Education

For more information about this training, visit:

CEUs Available:

-45 CERPs (43L & 2E, for IBCLCs only), International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Provider Number: CLT108-4

-45 instructional hours on the IBCLE Exam Blueprint (for preparation for first IBCLE exam)

-45 CPE hours, (Category II, for RDs only), Commission on Dietetic Registration

-45 contact hours (for RNs only), Provider approved by California Board

of Registered Nursing, Provider Number: CEP 14127

*****To participate, you must commit to attend all 5 days of the training.*****

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Long Beach: Breast Milk Donation Drive by Long Beach DHHS @ Long Beach DHHS
Aug 23 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Webinar: “Words Count: Choosing Messages to Promote Breastfeeding Supportive Policies” @ Webinar
Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • August 23, 2017, 12:00pm-1:00pm (PDT) – Click here to register
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Webinar: “California Infant Feeding Guide – What is New?”
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


For more information and to register, CLICK HERE


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Oakland: 3rd Annual Breastfeeding Festival @ Kid's Kingdom/Saturn Playground at Lake Merritt
Aug 27 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

For full info please see their press release here:  Oakland’s3rdBFF_MEDIA RELEASE

For updated and to RSVP, visit the event Facebook page:

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Los Angeles: At the Forefront of Human Milk Handling-Best Practices for Mother’s Own Milk & Donor Milk @ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Aug 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

BreastfeedLA invites you to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for At the Forefront of Human Milk Handling: Best Practices for Mother’s Own Milk & Donor Milk

Please join us on Monday, August 28, 2017 from 9a.m. to 4p.m.



BreastfeedLA presents a timely seminar about a topic in high demand: the safe handling of human milk. As the volume of expressed breastmilk being shared and donated continues to rise throughout our state, it is critical for healthcare providers and parents to understand best practices for handling human milk.

Caroline Steele, the Director of Nutrition & Lactation Services at Children’s Hospital of Orange County will begin the day with a practical and informative talk on starting a donor milk program. Her work at CHOC is a model for other facilities and communities.

The second session will offer an in-depth look at the mission of the Mothers’ Milk Bank in San Jose, presented by the Milk Bank’s Executive Director, Pauline Sakamoto.

After lunch, Caroline Steele will review the latest evidence on how to safely express, store, thaw, and handle human milk.Caroline’s experience creating protocols in the hospital and her comprehensive knowledge of the guidelines of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) will help attendees put all of the most commonly asked questions to rest.

To conclude the day, Pauline Sakamoto will discuss the concepts of formal and informal milk sharing and offer healthcare providers and the community optimal ways of communicating the importance of valuing human milk and its impact.

This seminar will bring together all the facts and best practices to get donor milk programs operational and efficient throughout the community. Get inspired and educated about human milk handling with BreastfeedLA at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on August 28!


8:45 Registration

9:15 Welcome and Introductory Remarks

9:30 Starting A Donor Milk Program

10:30 Break

10:45 Mothers’ Milk Bank

12:15p.m Lunch

1:15 Handling Expressed Human Milk & Donor Milk Safely in the Hospital Setting

2:30 Break

2:45 Milk Sharing & Donor Milk Availability

4p.m. Adjourn

About the Speakers

Caroline Steele, MS, RD, CSP, IBCLC, FAND is the Director of Nutrition and Lactation Services at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Pauline Sakamoto, MS, RN, PHN is the Executive Director of Mothers’ Milk Bank in San Jose, CA.

5 L-CERPs (for IBCLCs) and 6 contact hours for continuing education for nurses will be awarded for attending this learning opportunity. When you register early, you receive the best value on our seminars! Earlybird Registration is now open.



Location and Parking

This seminar is located at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 8700 Beverly Blvd, Thalians Auditorium Room #C101, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Parking is available in Parking Lots P1, P2, and P4.

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations received one week prior to the event will be granted subject to a $5 fee. No refunds after this date.

Continuing Education Credits (offered at no additional charge)

Registered Nurses: BreastfeedLA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course offers 6 contact hours of continuing education will be offered. BreastfeedLA’s provider number is CEP 16435. Licensee must maintain certificate for a period of four years.

Lactation Consultants: BreastfeedLA is an approved Long-Term Provider by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners #CLT113-36. 5 L CERPs will be awarded.

Photography Policy

When registering for this event, you give your consent to be interviewed, videotaped, and/or photographed for use by BreastfeedLA. You understand that your interview, video, and/or photographic image may be used in print or digital/electronic form (e.g., publications, website, advertising, videos) and may recognize your association with BreastfeedLA.

When registering for this event, you agree to the following:

– not to post photos of the speakers’ slides on social media or use them for any other purpose than your own education.

– to print a copy of the speakers’ presentations for your own use only and not to share the links or presentations with any persons not registered for this event.

Sharing of Your Contact Information

If you select “Yes” during registration, BreastfeedLA may share your first name and email address with the vendors who exhibit at this event. BreastfeedLA partners with vendors who comply with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Subsitutes (the WHO Code) and who offer products or services which may benefit you and/or your clients. If you select “No” during registration, BreastfeedLA will NOT share your contact information with anyone and will only use your contact information to contact you with details about this event and future BreastfeedLA events.

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Los Angeles: CinnaMoms 3rd Annual Breastfeeding Celebration @ Crenshaw YMCA
Aug 30 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Please visit the Cinnamons website for more info:

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Los Angeles: Free! Breastfeeding Advocacy 101 Training @ The California Endowment
Aug 31 @ 8:00 am – 4:45 pm


Breastfeed LA is proud to present a full day of advocacy training designed for those who work with and advocate for breastfeeding moms and families. This training is brought to you by BreastfeedLA and co-sponsored by ACLU Southern California, the California Women’s Law Center, and South Los Angeles Health Projects.

Program Description

Breastfeeding is a national priority backed by federal and state laws that protect a mother’s right to breastfeed in public, in the workplace, at school, within the judicial system, and during medical care. Our expert speakers will provide a close look at the current laws, the protections they provide, and where they fall short. You’ll receive hands-on advocacy practice, a comprehensive Breastfeeding Advocacy 101 Toolkit, and continuing education credits.

Learn to advocate for breastfeeding rights, so all families can meet their breastfeeding goals.

Registration is free and includes the Breastfeeding Advocacy 101 Toolkit, plus continuing education credits. You can purchase an optional Breakfast and Lunch package for $15.00.

Following the didactic presentations, participants will be able to:

  • Describe general breastfeeding and lactation rights and current laws that support breastfeeding
  • Identify special situations and circumstances where legal help is advised
  • Identify and provide resources to support breastfeeding rights
  • Effectively advocate for breastfeeding rights




  • Robbie Gonzalez-Dow, MPH, RD, CLE Executive Director, California Breastfeeding Coalition
  • Genevieve Colvin, IBCLC, Northeast Valley Health Corporation, Los Angeles
  • Sharon Terman, Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Aid at Work, San Francisco
  • Amy Poyer, Senior Staff Attorney, California Women’s Law Center, Los Angeles
  • Hilary Rau, Associate Attorney
  • Ruth Dawson, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Southern California, Los Angeles

Location and Parking

This seminar is located at The California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda Street, Yosemite Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Parking is available for free onsite and the location is also nearby the train.

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations requested two weeks prior to the event will be granted subject to a $5 fee for Breakfast and Lunch Package if purchased. No refunds after this date – 8/17/17.

Continuing Education Credits (offered at no additional charge)

5 E-CERPs (for IBCLCs) and 6 contact hours for nurses will be awarded for attending this learning opportunity.  When you register early, you receive the best value for our seminars!  Earlybird Registration is now open.

Registered Nurses: BreastfeedLA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course offers 6 contact hours of continuing education will be offered. BreastfeedLA’s provider number is CEP 16435. Licensee must maintain certificate for a period of four years.

Lactation Consultants: BreastfeedLA is an approved Long-Term Provider by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners #CLT113-36. 5 E-CERPs will be awarded.

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Santa Cruz: “Human Milk Banking: Why It Matters” Presentation @ Sutter Room @ Sutter Maternity Surgery Center
Aug 31 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

This event is free, but please register:

*** This event is offered in conjunction with a donor breast milk event the same day and location:

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