AH-190: Lactation Consultant Practicum

Health and Human Services
Health Careers
Health Careers
Academic Level
Course Subject
Allied Health
Course Number
Course Title
Lactation Consultant Practicum
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
200.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
200.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Permission of Instructor
AH 121
Catalog Course Description

Focuses on the clinical application of lactation concepts to breastfeeding mothers. Select experiences in health care facilities enable students to assess, develop, implement and evaluate the care of the breastfeeding dyad. The course requires 200 hours in the health care setting. This is consistent with Pathway 2 according to International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Professionalism in healthcare
  2. Written and oral communication in healthcare
  3. Birthing Center Work flow
  4. Legal/Ethic/Culture in healthcare
  5. World Health Organization (WHO) Code
  6. Breastfeeding positions/equipment
  7. Manual expression
  8. LATCH Score
  9. Alternative feeding methods
  10. Early feeding expectations
  11. Feeding plans
  12. Breastpumps
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Demonstrate professionalism in the healthcare setting.
  2. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication including documentation in the electronic medical record (EMR).
  3. Apply ethical and legal principles and culturally competent care in the healthcare setting.
  4. Discuss the Birthing Center Workflow.
  5. Discuss WHO code related to the Code of Breastmilk substitutes.
  6. Demonstrate proper breastfeeding positions and use of breastfeeding equipment.
  7. Demonstrate the proper method for manual expression.
  8. Use LATCH score to assess breastfeeding dyad.
  9. Discuss why an alternative feeding method is chosen.
  10. Demonstrate proper use of alternative feeding methods.
  11. Describe early feeding expectations of the newborn.
  12. Develop and implement a feeding plan for breastfeeding dyad.
  13. Explain reasons for breastpump use and the steps necessary for effective pumping.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Clinical evaluations, clinical attendance, student documentation, etc. will be used to assess student academic achievement and psychomotor skills.


Determined by program faculty


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Fall 2019