The Grow Our Own Lactation Consultant Program is a 105-hour college level course intended to assist WIC staff, health professionals and breastfeeding mothers in becoming International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, Certified Lactation Specialists or Lactation Consultants.
Over 300 students throughout Northern and Southern California have successfully completed the course since 2009, which consists of bi-weekly lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, research presentations, event projects, special guest lectures, clinical hours and exams. Each discipline listed on the IBCLC Exam Blueprint is thoroughly covered by classes and assignments.
In addition to the positive outcome of having more professionals trained in lactation available to help families with breastfeeding, another exciting outcome of the course has been the development of new relationships among students of Grow Our Own. During the class, students describe and clarify their roles in women’s health care and explore new ways to provide a seamless continuum of care for the families they serve. Moms, babies, hospitals, and community members all benefit when collaborations such as these are formed.
The GOO Course is designed to take each individual to the next level of lactation expertise regardless of the student's background. Students commencing into the lactation field will graduate as Clinical Lactation Specialist. Students are not required to take a CLE or LE course prior to enrolling in the Grow Our Own Lactation Consultant/IBCLC Prep Course. Wherever you are in your journey, GOO will help you "Grow Your Dreams".
G.O.O Courses Update:
Due to the unprecedented events of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of the near future to meet in groups we have had to postpone the start of the Grow Our Own Lactation Consultant course until February 2021. We are in conversation at this time regarding a location and dates and I hope to have another message to you within the month with details.
I apologize for the delay, but I feel the importance of having a face to face group classroom setting because so much of the learning is interactive and through shared experiences. Most of us have gotten used to the on-line "Zoom" meetings but it isn't the same as being together in one room. Timing is everything and perhaps 2021 will be the perfect time!
Cost of the compete course and notebook is $1650. Textbook cost and exam fees (for those wishing to become certified through IBLCE) are the responsibility of the students.
Location: To be determined
Class Time: 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
The following requirements are due prior to, or on, the first day of class:
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Kayellen Young, IBCLC
“I want to thank you and your supportive people from Riverside County for all the time and work you have put into the IBCLC prep course for Lactation Consultant. You not only give us the knowledge we need to encourage our new moms to give the best food available to their babies, you make it fun to come to class each month. You teach and entertain, and that is an awesome combination.
So, getting a certification to be a lactation consultant is really icing on the cake. Improving my skills and giving moms the most up to date knowledge for choosing breastfeeding was my goal as an RN in an NICU setting. Thank you for making that happen.”
— RN, Children’s Hospital Central California