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 underserved communities. Each year the Coalition will announce several scholarship opportunities and select individuals vividly exhibiting a passion to serve San Diego families.

The UCSD Lactation Education Counselor (LEC) program prepares health professionals and other interested individuals to become lactation educators. It furnishes the basic information necessary to promote breastfeeding, and interaction with the breastfeeding triad through assisting and encouraging mother, baby, and support person.

The LEC course 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; UC Extension offers a quarterly online refresher course.

Scholarship Recipient Testimonials

Watch the video below to learn more about how lactation education scholarships are helping us promote, protect, and support breastfeeding in San Diego County. 

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Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2022

Next Session Starts 6/27/2022

SDCBC/UCSD Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must 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. The Lactation Consultant Pathway scholarship recipient must complete enrollment for the course within 6 months of receiving the award
  4. The Lactation Educator Counselor scholarship recipient must complete enrollment for the upcoming online course starting June 27, 2022.
  5. Scholarship recipients must comply with coalition reporting requirements and sign photo/video releases.
  6. The scholarship recipient is encouraged to attend one San Diego Breastfeeding Coalition event within one year of receipt.

Additional Scholarship Benefits

  • Registration Fee Covered
  • Book Credit Provided

Need Support? Have Questions?

For more information contact our Education Coordinator, Jose Gonzalez at

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Previous SDCBC/UCSD Scholarship Recipients

Lactation Education Counselor Scholarship


Fall 2021: Ana Monreal & Mayra Rivera

Spring 2021: Anya Rodriguez, Simja Ramirez, Stephanie Dillon, Ashley Calderon, Genet Azezew

2020: Leondra Smith

2019: Karen Ochoa

2016: Michelle Favela

2015: Karla Lozano

2014: Tamara Glatfelter & Nancy Saavedra