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20-Hour Lactation Educator Training – Ontario Canada AND Live Online (Attie Sandink)



October 26 @ 9:00 am EDT - 5:30 pm EDT
October 28 @ 9:00 am EDT - 5:30 pm EDT



Attie Sandink, RN, IBCLC, CLE, CBE


St. Thomas Ontario
St. Thomas, Ontario Canada
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Want to be inspired and empowered to begin or enhance your perinatal career? Train with the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, an international certification organization for Doulas, Childbirth Educators and Lactation Educators. CAPPA trainings are designed to educate and equip the contemporary perinatal professional for a successful career in a fun, supportive and collaborative environment.  Trainings are evidence based and comprehensive, and are designed to appeal to all learning styles.  Students will enjoy engaging and interactive instruction, with practical and real-world scenarios.  CAPPA instructors have in depth knowledge and follow standardized curriculums to ensure the highest quality training and most comprehensive perinatal education for CAPPA certification programs. As one of the first and most comprehensive perinatal organizations in the world, CAPPA is respected for its longevity, stability, and its commitment to excellence in both education and unsurpassed student and member support.


The CAPPA 20 Hour Lactation Educator™ Training

Ready to become more proficient when offering breastfeeding education? Take the first step towards becoming a Certified Lactation Educator™ with CAPPA.  This twenty-four-hour workshop meets the first requirement of your CLE® program and prepares you to work through the steps for certification. This course is designed to improve the skill base, knowledge and perspectives on breastfeeding for perinatal professionals. Additionally, this course supports both the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and Mother Friendly practices and provides training for those seeking certification as certified lactation educators™ with CAPPA.

Offering 21.25 L-CERPS and 24 CAPPA Contact Hours. RD and nursing contact hours potentially available on request.

This course satisfies the following:

*The Core Competencies in Breastfeeding Care and Services for All Health Professionals as outlined by the United States Breastfeeding Committee (no endorsement by the USBC is implied). Ideal for labor and postpartum doulas, WIC staff, public health employees, and anyone looking to offer lactation education.

*The 20 Hour World Health Organization Curriculum to support the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Ideal for hospital staff, pediatricians, obstetricians, midwives, and PAs specializing in maternity care.

*The CAPPA Lactation Educator™, CLE® or CAPPA Community Educator™, LE(C) certification steps for workshop attendance. Ideal for anyone wanting to become a Certified Lactation Educator™, CLE®.


The CAPPA 20 Hour Lactation Educator Training Class includes the CAPPA Lactation Manual, resources, and unique giveaways to enhance your practice.

The training covers the following topics:

  • Goals/Roles of the Lactation Educator
  • Historical Look at Breastfeeding
  • Anatomy of Breast and Lactation Physiology
  • Importance of Breastfeeding/ Hazards of Formula Feeding
  • Counseling the Postpartum Family
  • Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding – BabyFriendly Information
  • Working with the Hospital
  • Maternal/Infant Challenges
  • Pumping/Expressing Breastmilk
  • Medications and Mother’s Milk
  • Teaching to Adult Learners
  • And much more!

Why Certify as a CLE®?

Certified Lactation Educators™ (CLE®s) provide evidence based information to the community, families and professionals to encourage an increase in breastfeeding initiation, duration and support. Lactation Educators™ are found teaching community and hospital based breastfeeding classes, as peer breastfeeding counselors in hospital and public health settings, facilitating support groups, running pump rental stations and providing phone support.

The CAPPA CLE® does not prescribe, treat, nor diagnose breastfeeding related conditions and is trained to refer clients facing circumstances that require this degree of intervention to a qualified professional, such as an IBCLC. The CAPPA 20 Hour Lactation Educator™ course is not an IBCLC exam prep course, nor does the CAPPA CLE® training prepare a student to become an IBCLC.

The regular price will be $695 with an early bird price of $650 if paid by September 30, 2023.
This workshop satisfies the hours needed 20 Hour Baby Friendly Initiative as described in The Breastfeeding Committee ion Canada and The Baby Friendly Committee of Ontario.



Attie Sandink RN, IBCLC, has over 45 years of experience in the childbirth and breastfeeding field. Her passion began 50 years ago after the birth of her first son and realizing the lack of research breastfeeding support. She has taught birthing classes for that length of time, even before her first child was born. Her four boys have all been breastfed.
This prompted her to become an IBCLC in the early years in which the profession began. Attie enthusiastically became part of the ground floor of many Breastfeeding organizations locally, provincially and federally and was invited to further committee work. This encouraged her to make a trip with a large International group to observe the work done by DR Nils Bergman and the LLL in South Africa during the peak of the HIV Pandemic . The Baby Friendly Initiative and the teaching of the 20 hour courses with other organization helped her decide to join CAPPA Faculty many years ago. This experience also developed the desire to offer a Mentoring Program in her clinic while seeing many Breastfeeding as well as other pre and post birth clients.

Many years in the field has now prompted Attie to bring on some younger experts. She is now very excited to introduce Lori Cowx, also a Registered Nurse with many years of experience working and teaching. It was a joy to mentor Lori in her quest to become an IBCLC and she will now be monitored and mentored during this workshop and afterwards to help her to become a part of the CAPPA Faculty. She is already a member of CAPPA and is a Certified Childbirth and Lactation Educator.


Refund Policy:
I understand that there are no refunds if a student needs to cancel, potential students can transfer to another course with Birthwise Wellness , Or Birth and Baby Needs within 12 months of the original course date with approval. A $50 transfer fee will be applied. Non-refundable travel reservations should not be made until Attie has confirmed the class (usually at one month prior to the class start date). If the class is cancelled by Attie, all attendees have the choice of receiving a full refund or transferring to another Lactation Educator Training with Attie. Certificate of training completion is given only if the entire training is attended, the Pre-Workshop Study Guide is completed, and training fees are paid in full.
NOTE: Each student must be in attendance during the entirety of the training provided to receive a certificate of attendance for this Training Class.

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