Certified Breastfeeding Counselor (CBC)


What is the CBC course?
The Certified Breastfeeding Counselor (CBC) course is a collaborative effort between clinical and public health breastfeeding professionals in the State of Arizona. It is designed to provide a thorough, yet affordable, breastfeeding course for current and aspiring breastfeeding professionals from all health care arenas. The course covers topics such as the anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding, medications and illness during breastfeeding, and breastfeeding in special situations. Students who complete this course must work within their scope of practice as professionals, recognizing certain breastfeeding situations require referrals to the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC’s).

Who should attend the Certified Breastfeeding Counselor?
The Certified Breastfeeding Counselor Courses provide an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking to achieve a level of proficiency for lactation counseling or for professionals looking for a continuing education opportunity. This may include persons currently practicing as:

Pediatricians and OB/GYN’s
Family Practice Physicians
Dietitians/Dietetic Technicians
Nurse Practitioners
Childbirth Educators
WIC personnel
Hospital Staff
Breastfeeding Advocates
Doulas and Midwives Childbirth Educators

A certificate of achievement is issued to students who meet all course requirements at an overall average of 80% (grade "B" or better based on standardized grading). Please note that this is a certificate of training program, not a certification program.

AzNA - This continuing nursing educational activity was approved by the Arizona Nurses’ Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation for 45 contact hours.

- This activity is being submitted to the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).

CDR - The Commission on Dietetic Registration recognizes academic coursework for CPEU’s. This 3.0 credit class = 45 CPEU’s.

2014-2015 AZ Tuition and Fees $360.00 (Tuition $80.00x 3 credits Lab Fee $40.00 x 3 credits) plus book

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Important Information for students registered in a CBC course

Students must attend all listed class dates in order to receive credit for the course. No exceptions.

What to bring:
Bed pillow or nursing pillow, newborn-sized doll or teddy bear. You may also wish to bring a 3-ring binder for organizing your handouts.

Prepare for class:
Students must follow instructions included in the Confirmation Letter.

Nursing Babies:
Quiet nursing babies are welcome in the classroom (less than 6 months of age). Babies making either happy or unhappy noises need to be cared for outside the classroom. There will be regular breaks in the morning and afternoon to allow mothers to pump or to nurse their babies. Nursing moms are asked to sit near the back of the room or on the outside aisle near the back to minimize disruption, should they need to leave the room during class sessions. Students will be responsible for information missed while outside the classroom.

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Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814