A holistic approach to establishing healthy breastfeeding relationships that begin during preconception and continue through the stage of weaning
This program prepares you to become professional breastfeeding educators with a unique perspective that integrates traditional, evidence-based lactation education with additional integrative modalities such as functionally-based nutrition, healthy sleep, and stress management throughout the breastfeeding journey. Our focus is on a holistic approach to establishing healthy breastfeeding relationships that begin during preconception and continue through the stage of weaning. Our Integrative Breastfeeding Educators fill an important role in promoting healthy breastfeeding relationships by educating, supporting and counseling families in response to their individual needs.
The IPHI does not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to providing breastfeeding education to our clients. We realize that sometimes there are other solutions beyond traditional lactation management that can help facilitate a successful outcome, which is the reason behind our integrative approach.
Our Integrative Breastfeeding Educator certification program is unique because it not only builds on the foundations of lactation education basics covering topics such as the basic anatomy and physiology of lactation, early attachment of the infant, common breastfeeding problems and solutions, the importance of human milk, expression of breastmilk, and so much more – but it also focuses attention on the importance of whole foods nutrition, food sensitivities in the breastfed baby, starting solid foods, promoting holistic sleep solutions while also supporting the breastfeeding relationship, maternal stress and its impact while breastfeeding, and integrative and complementary therapies in addition to the overall health and wellness of the mother-baby dyad.
All of our courses are taught online. All you need is Internet access to login and be part of each class.
Self-Directed: all sessions are pre-recorded and you are given access to the new modules as you complete each one. You will email your instructor, or attend a weekly/monthly conference-call with the instructor, to ask any questions you may have as needed.
Our program is a combination of online sixteen self-directed study modules and optional online calls to support your journey. Calls are recorded so you may listen if you cannot attend. You will also have access to our private online Facebook group where you will get to interact with our graduates and members represented in countries throughout the world.
Our program has been designed for birth, postpartum and health professionals who desire to begin or expand their knowledge and career working with breastfeeding families to provide integrative lactation education, support and resources in order to specifically meet their breastfeeding goals. This is a wonderful addition for any maternity/parenting professional who is currently working with lactating moms and is a wonderful complimentary program for sleep consultants, doulas, baby planners, newborn care specialists, pre and post natal yoga instructors, health coaches, family coaches, parenting coaches, nutritionists and more.
Rebecca is a passionate advocate for women’s health and is dedicated to promoting wellness within her family, to her clients, and the global community as a whole. As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Certified Nutrition Consultant (CNC), Certified GAPS™ (Gut & Psychology Syndrome™) Practitioner, and Postpartum Doula – along with a multitude of other trainings and certifications she holds – Rebecca is pleased to be a practicing part of the pre- and postnatal holistic living community.
While pursuing her degree in Nutrition Science, Rebecca decided to take her love of health and fitness to the next level. She trained and taught as a Feminine Movement Instructor at S Factor Los Angeles and became formally trained in both classical and contemporary Pilates through Pilates Sports Center in Encino, CA. Passionate about her work, she then continued instructing clients privately and at other movement studios throughout the Los Angeles area for many years.
In 2004 Rebecca became a mom for the first time following the birth of her first son. Although she experienced a relatively easy transition into motherhood, that was certainly not the case four years later following the birth of her triplets. Noticing a serious gap in quality and consistent evidence-based education and support during the prenatal and postpartum period, Rebecca decided to shift her focus and fully immerse herself in the world of preconception, pregnancy, birth, and beyond.
In addition to the above mentioned professional titles she currently holds, Rebecca has also studied with the International Parenting & Health Institute since 2013 in both the Maternity Nutrition Coach and the Holistic Maternity & Parenting Health Practitioner certification programs. She passionately does NOT believe in a “one size fits all” approach and for that reason uses a fully integrative approach in her teaching and respects the biodiversity and unique lifestyle of each individual. As a mother who has birthed and breastfeed five children herself, she understands how amazing this period can be with the right kind of education and support. Her goal is to educate, inspire, empower, and support families (all with some fun mixed in) as they transition into parenthood.
Rebecca currently resides in Santa Barbara County, CA with her family and runs her own private wellness practice. She is the founder of Mama Thrive – a space dedicated to providing Holistic Wellness for the WHOLE Family.
We are excited to meet you and we look forward to supporting your professional journey.