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 [email protected] for a pdf file to take to your local printer so that you can have copies made.

Are you interested in what Healthy Start programs are doing to support quality improvement? Check out this case study of how Detroit Healthy Start and Midwest Healthy Start used quality improvement principles to increase the percent of women breastfeeding at 6 months. They’ve shared their process and lessons learned, including some action steps that anyone can take right now to start improving on any measure (hint: look at your data, and start small!)



  • 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 request one of two one-day breastfeeding trainings.

Lactation Counselor Training Course

As part of a larger breastfeeding training initiative, the Healthy Start EPIC Center is pleased to continue to offer Certified Lactation Counselor Training Scholarships. Scholarships support Healthy Start program staff to attend an intensive 5-day lactation counselor training certification course offered by the Center for Breastfeeding. Up to 50 applicants will be awarded scholarships to cover the cost of registration to a training and required text books. Priority will be given to programs with no CLC currently on staff, and those not previously awarded a scholarship.

What does the Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) scholarship cover?
The Healthy Start EPIC Center will cover the cost of the training registration and the text book for selected applicants. Selected applicants and/or their grantee program are responsible for all travel costs and exam fees, and are encouraged to discuss any concerns with their Healthy Start Project Officer. Important considerations for applicants:

  • The intensive training course is a 5-day commitment. You may view the current training schedule on the Center for Breastfeeding’s website.
  • The HS EPIC Center is not responsible for travel costs.
  • Applicants must have approval from their project director and direct supervisor to participate.