california advanced lactation institute
integrated lactation education


Clinical hours and mentoring for aspiring IBCLCs

Seeking clinical mentorship as you prepare for the IBCLC Board Exam? We offer internships to qualified individuals in the Bakersfield, CA area!


Our experienced IBCLCs consult with clients at Baby Café Bakersfield and in private practice consultations.  If you have already completed at least a 45-hour course in basic breastfeeding/chestfeeding management (including our 45-hour Integrated Lactation Counselor course formerly known as the Lactation Education Specialist course), we invite you to apply for an internship with us.  We offer several types of packages.

For individuals who are seeking up to 100 hours: these are particularly helpful for those who are on Pathway 1 but whose current practice setting is limited to one age of babies (i.e. labor & delivery unit, NICU, etc.)  OR those who already have obtained some of their clinically supervised hours

For individuals who are on Pathway 3: these options are made for you, offering half (250) or all (500) of the clinically-supervised hours you need in preparation for the exam

A la carte: for individuals who need to precept a prenatal breastfeeding/chestfeeding class as part of another type of training; individuals who need fewer clinically supervised hours than our other packages, or individuals who are seeking a trial internship


Pricing for packages varies, and discounts are available for individuals who received their lactation education with us at California Advanced Lactation Institute. Contact us for pricing.  Click Here for Details about our Classes!

Families deserve the best lactation care, and a thorough, high-quality clinical internship sets you up to be an excellent IBCLC! We’ll help you obtain a well-rounded experience with a variety of parents and babies along the entire spectrum of breastfeeding.
— Christine Staricka, IBCLC
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We invite you to contact us regardless of where you are on your journey to becoming an IBCLC.  We would love to talk with you about your experience and your plans, and we hope you will choose to study with us here in Bakersfield! - Adrienne, Christine, & Leslie