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Specialize your skills in breastfeeding support!
Designed for hospital and community health care professionals or those who will support breastfeeding mothers, this series of courses will help you gain up-to-date knowledge and skills in breastfeeding support and awareness of current issues in lactation. This program is for individuals seeking certification as a Lactation Consultant with the IBCLC, not for general information on breastfeeding.
With an emphasis on physiology, critical appraisal, evidence based practice, research and management of breastfeeding dyad and family, you will learn how to overcome common challenges and utilize best practices in breastfeeding.
Approved by the international Lactation Education, Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC), this series of courses meets International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) curriculum standards required for eligibility to write the IBLC examination. An Acknowledgement of Completion outlining courses, course hours, and LEAARC approval is available to students who successfully complete all theory courses in the program.
Continuing Education students usually complete this program in one year.
Courses in this program cost approximately $305 each.
Admission and Registration
You do not need to apply to begin this program. Simply ensure you meet the requirements listed on the Admission Requirements webpage prior to registering.
- Use specialized knowledge and skills to provide safe, competent care to breastfeeding dyad and families.
- Discuss the psychosocial, cultural, ethical, and political influences on breastfeeding as a choice.
- Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate care in both normal and complex breastfeeding situations.
- Update and expand scientific knowledge using a variety of resources and learning opportunities.
- Utilize critical thinking skills in examining breastfeeding practice issues.
- Implement and promote evidence-based nursing practice through research utilization.
- Promote family-centered care for breastfeeding dyad and families.
- Utilize principles of health education, adult learning, and the teaching-learning process to meet the learning needs of breastfeeding dyad and families.
Prepare to write the International Board of Lactation Consultants Examination (opens in new window) to become a certified lactation consultant. This specialization increases your potential to find employment working in some capacity with the breastfeeding dyad and families.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada Job Bank (opens in new window).
Frequently Asked Questions
- Continuing Education FAQ
- Where can I find more information on registering?
- What is the fee structure?
- How can I apply for an exemption?
- Can I obtain credit for learning obtained outside a traditional classroom?
- Where can I find more information on online learning and exams for online courses?
- How do I apply for the Acknowledgement of Completion?
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