AH-192: Lactation Consultant Advanced Practicum

Health and Human Services
Health Careers
Health Careers
Academic Level
Course Subject
Allied Health
Course Number
Course Title
Lactation Consultant Advanced 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
AH-190, or Permission of Instructor
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 course is the second part of the practicum, following AH-190, consistent with Pathway 2 according to International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Identifying breastfeeding complications
  2. Milk storage/donor milk
  3. Safe formula preparation
  4. Medications used during labor and delivery
  5. Galactagogues
  6. Maternal diet
  7. Term and late pre-term breastfeeding infants
  8. Teenage breastfeeding mother
  9. Stressors affecting the breastfeeding mother
  10. Breastfeeding supplementation
  11. Effects of maternal and infant conditions on breastfeeding
  12. Professional role of International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Special Care Nursery (SCN).
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Develop and implement a feeding plan for breastfeeding mothers with and without complications.
  2. Describe the proper storage of breastmilk and donor milk.
  3. Describe safe formula preparation.
  4. Identify commonly used medications during labor and delivery and those medications that can affect milk production.
  5. Identify galactagogues.
  6. Identify the components of the maternal breastfeeding diet.
  7. Develop a feeding plan for the late pre-term infant.
  8. Establish rapport and communicate with the teen breastfeeding mom.
  9. Identify psychological and social stressors in the breastfeeding mother.
  10. Identify feelings, emotions, sensations or personal experience with breastfeeding that staff might experience that may affect interactions with families.
  11. List indications for supplementation and the differences between expressed breastmilk and formula as a supplement.
  12. Define slow infant weight gain and its relation to breastfeeding.
  13. Describe the effects of jaundice on breastfeeding.

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
Effective Term
Fall 2019