CAPPA CLE Trademark - Certified Lactation Educator

CLE™ Trademark

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, CAPPA, announces the ownership of the CLE™ Registered Trademark for Certified Lactation Educators.

Atlanta, Georgia, November 23, 2004 - Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, CAPPA, acquired ownership of the registered trademark of CLE™, Certified Lactation Educator, as of November 16, 2004. The Certified Lactation Educator Program provides candidates with complete evidenced-based training for offering private and public breastfeeding classes, advocacy, and support. This international program has been developed to provide the highest quality educators in the lactation field. The American Academy of Pediatrics, The World Health Organization, the National Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists all believe that the contribution of breastfeeding to maternal and infant health is so significant that they have set forth policies to promote its practice. CAPPA also believes in the necessity of breastfeeding and in supporting the Healthy People 2010 Goals: 75% of women breastfeeding immediately postpartum, 50% at 6 months postpartum, and 25% at one year postpartum. CAPPA’s CLE™ certification program will help provide the nation with the best educators to help increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates.

For educators to acquire this sought after certification, CAPPA offers three tracks toward CLE™ status. The first track is a traditional program, which requires candidates to attend an intensive two-day workshop. Candidates must also work through thirteen certification steps over the course of two years, culminating in the CLE™ Exam to acquire certification as a CLE™. Additional tracks include the distance program and the accelerated program as alternatives to the traditional program.

Lactation Educators play a critical role in providing breastfeeding education and support. CAPPA now offers the only “CLE™” Certification through its registered and trademarked program. Become one of the exclusive Certified Lactation Educators offering accurate, evidenced-based information to health care providers and the public to promote a breastfeeding friendly culture.

For additional information, contact Laurel Wilson, CLE™, CCCE, CLD at or go to CAPPA is a non-profit international organization that was founded in 1998 to offer the highest level of professional membership and training to childbirth educators, lactation educators, labor doulas, antepartum doulas and postpartum doulas. CAPPA offers the highest level of evidence- based training available. The organization consists of a leadership board, regional representatives, trainers, mentors, advisors and its membership. CAPPA is the most comprehensive pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum organization available...caring for women before, during, and after birth through education and support.


Laurel Wilson, CLE™, CCCE, CLD
CAPPA Director of Lactation Programs

CAPPA, Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Organization