Lactation Education Counselor Scholarship


In partnership with UCSD Extension's Global Lactation Alliance Program, SDCBC offers scholarships for community leaders who are pursuing LEC or IBCLC education in order to increase lactation support in their underserved communities. Each year the Coalition will announce a scholarship opportunity and select an individual who demonstrates a passion to serve San Diego families.

Scholarship winners will be expected to enroll and complete a UCSD course within the year.

The UCSD Lactation program prepares health professionals and other interested individuals to become lactation educators. It furnishes the basic information necessary to promote breastfeeding and to interact in the breastfeeding situation by assisting and encouraging the breastfeeding triad of mother, baby, and support person. Topics include basic anatomy and physiology of lactation, early attachment of the baby, hospital care, support during the postpartum stage, common concerns and solutions, and appliances and apparatuses used in breastfeeding. At the completion of the course, students are "Lactation Education Counselors". The certification is valid for 5 years from the date of completion; we offer a quarterly online refresher course.

Amount and Selection

This scholarship will provide the majority of the registration fee. The student receiving the scholarship will pay $100. This does not include the cost of travel expenses or textbooks.

Eligibility Requirements
  1. Must be live and/or work in San Diego County or Imperial County.
  2. Must be eligible to meet the requirements for the UC San Diego Extension Program.
  3. Scholarship winners must be willing to attend the SDCBC Liquid Gold Gala in October for the formal presentation of the award. Scholarship winners will be given 2 guest tickets to attend.
  4. The scholarship recipient must attend at least 1 SDCBC board meeting within 1 year of receiving the award.
Interested applicants

If you are interested in applying and meet eligibility criteria, please keep a lookout for announcements for the next round of applications.