The Healthy Start EPIC Center is pleased to offer several new training opportunities supporting Healthy Start programs, staff, and community partners to build their capacity to promote breastfeeding among the families they serve.  In partnership with the Center for Breastfeeding, this new initiative features two professional development options: community trainings, and scholarships to attend a lactation consultant training.

Breastfeeding support resources

This one page handout developed especially for Healthy Start programs, shows 10 ways that family members and friends can support breastfeeding moms.  The handout can be given to Healthy Start participants during home visits or group sessions. The poster size version (11″ x 17″) can be hung up in your Healthy Start offices or waiting room.

Contact  for a pdf file to take to your local printer so that you can have copies made.


  • Support Healthy Start programs to implement evidence-based practices to achieve breastfeeding benchmarks.
  • Offer community training opportunities for Healthy Start to engage partners in a community-wide learning experience.
  • Enhance skills of Healthy Start staff through formal certification training.

Community Trainings

As part of the Community Training initiative, Healthy Start programs can now request one of the trainings described below, which can be requested by visiting the training page on The Healthy Start EPIC Center will cover the cost of the trainer and trainer travel.  Healthy Start programs are responsible for participant recruitment and all other local logistics.

Working Together: Communication and Teamwork Strategies for Reclaiming Breastfeeding (2 days)

This course explores the theories of team and group processes including the use of teamwork tools, participatory action research, data driven planning, quality improvement processes and evidence-based practice using a framework of breastfeeding promotion, protection and support. Breastfeeding coalitions, WIC programs, hospital staff and others can benefit from this training.

CEUs: RNs: 12 Contact Hours; RDs: 12; IBCLCs: 12L CERPs

Community Breastfeeding Educator (3 days)

This foundation course for community workers in maternal child health focuses on providing services to pregnant women to encourage the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding. Strategies for providing anticipatory guidance and support in order to prevent breastfeeding problems and to address barriers to breastfeeding, and to enable women to overcome any perceived or actual breastfeeding problems.

CEUs: RNs: 24 Contact Hours; RDs: 18; IBCLCs: 24L CERPs

Lactation Counselor Training Course

In June 2016, the Healthy Start EPIC Center will accept applications from Healthy Start program staff as part of a competitive scholarship process.  Up to 100 Healthy Start program staff will be awarded scholarships to attend a 5-day Lactation Counselor Training course at one of many nationwide training sites.  Healthy Start programs are responsible for all travel costs, as well as the fee for the CLC certification exam which follows the training course.

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