The Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor training is a 5-day, 45-hour course that provides foundational lactation education and certification to Native people so that they provide clinical breastfeeding support in their communities. This course is Native designed, is Native taught and is specifically for those that self identify as Indigenous. The IBC is unique in that it centers Native families and provides Counselors with what they need to serve their communities.
We at CHEER provided funding and infrastructure, through a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, to Native educator and breastfeeding specialist Camie Jae Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC (Sisseton-Wahpeton) to create this course according to her vision. Camie and Kimberly Moore-Salas, IBCLC (Diné) now run the IBC program together and independently from CHEER. We support our partners to build their own rockets. And we’re CHEERing from the launchpad!
For more information about past and upcoming training opportunities, visit the Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor.