Breastfeeding is an important and foundational public health issue. The California Department of Public Health continues to define breastfeeding as a priority, the Affordable Care Act mandates lactation services for all mothers, and, increasingly, lactation support services are mandated by institutions and agencies within the community. National and international health authorities recommend that all maternal/child healthcare workers be educated in the skills necessary to support breastfeeding families and recognize the need for multiple levels of breastfeeding training to improve outcomes. The stackable certificates of the Human Lactation program are designed to provide these varied levels of preparation for practice.
American River College offers three human lactation certificates: