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In alignment with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition’s commitment to addressing disparities in breastfeeding, the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition (KBC) is pleased to announce a funding program for aspiring lactation support providers.

This program aims to increase the number of breastfeeding peer counselors, certified breastfeeding counselors, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) available to provide culturally congruent breastfeeding support and clinical care.

Priority will be given to applicants who self-identify as one or more of the following – Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is committed to providing up to $10,000 in 2024. Individual scholarships will be a maximum of $1,000.

Becoming… is an alignment of the following existing KBC programs and work:

Program services:

  • Funding for courses, training, exam fees, books, etc.
  • Individualize learning plans
  • Access to a Program Manager and Chief Mentor (Color-Filled students only)
  • Facebook support group administrated by a Program Manager and Chief Mentor
  • Monthly group meetings for support, sharing, and supplemental learning 

Scholarship recipients agree to:

  • Create a written individual plan to meet their lactation career goals, with assistance from KBC staff.
  • Participate in monthly meetings with KBC staff for learning, networking, and to make progress on their lactation career goals.
  • Provide the KBC with a written report by January 31, 2026, with the following:
    • An accounting of how funds were used with receipts included;
    • A summary of compliance with the overall goal of the fund to address disparities in breastfeeding and progress toward personal lactation professional goals;
    • The return of any unused funds.

Application coming soon!

Peer Support

  • Training: 20-90 hours
  • Personal breastfeeding experience is usually required.
  • Examples: La Leche League, Breastfeeding USA, B.L.A.C.K. Peer Counselor, ROSE Community Transformer, Chocolate Milk Café Facilitator, WIC, etc.

Certification

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

  • Education – 90 hours of breastfeeding education (CERPs) plus 5 hours of communication education – mid-level certification hours apply
  • Complete 14 health science courses or be a recognized health professional  
  • 300-1,000 clinical hours (KBC’s Color-Filled Program)
  • Pass exam
  • A college degree or health care license is NOT required.
  • Becoming an IBCLC: Everything You Wanted to Know and Maybe More (video, Hannah Halliwell, KBC 2022 Conference)

    Funding for this project was provided by:

    • United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, a philanthropy based in Hutchinson
    • Kansas Department of Health and Environment with funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Maternal and Child Health Service Block Grant [Award B04MC45217; CFDA 93.994] AND/OR provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment with funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Women, Infants, Children Nutrition Program [CFDA No. 10.557].
    • CareSource
    • Sunflower Health Plan