Lactation Consultant

Program Info

Effective Term
Fall 2019
Year Established
2018
Program Code
CERTLC.CA
Degree Type
Certificate of Achievement
Office Contact
School of Health and Human Services: 313-845-9877, hhsinfo@hfcc.edu, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-132
Faculty Contact
Cynthia Scheuer: 313-317-6575, cscheuer@hfcc.edu, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-133I

Program Description

Description

Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are an integral part of the healthcare team who work to triage and manage clinical lactation concerns for the mother, baby and family unit. IBCLCs do not have to be registered nurses to function in their role. (Some hospitals may require an IBCLC to also be a registered nurse. This program is designed to prepare students to take the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) certification exam. Candidates must pass the certification exam in order to use the IBCLC credential.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the anatomy of the breast and hormones necessary for milk production.
  2. Identify nutritional needs of the baby and breastfeeding mother.
  3. Discuss ways to promote effective breastfeeding using evidenced-based principles.
  4. Perform a comprehensive breast assessment.
  5. Identify the impact of culture on breastfeeding.
  6. Apply ethical and legal principles in the care of the breastfeeding mother.
  7. Identify potential breastfeeding complications and interventions.
Career Opportunities

Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants may be employed in hospitals and outpatient breastfeeding clinics, or work in the community in WIC offices, for home-visiting agencies, in private physician offices, or they may have their own private practice. In these roles, they may work with other lactation consultants, write policy for their organization, provide education for other health care providers, lead breastfeeding support groups, and man warm lines.


Occupational Exposure/Risk

Applicants considering a career as a lactation consultant should be aware that during their course of study and in subsequent employment in the field, they are likely to work in situations where exposure to infectious disease is possible. This is an occupational risk for all health care workers. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well established infection-control guidelines, can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an important part of the lactation consultant program of study.

Latex Allergies

Early recognition of sensitization to natural rubber latex (NRL) is crucial to prevent the occurrence of life-threatening reactions in sensitized healthcare workers. The program faculty strongly advises that students sensitized or allergic to latex consult a physician for guidance on the merits of continuing in a health care career. NRL sensitized students who choose to continue in the lactation consultant program must notify the program director.

Registry / Certification / Licensure Exam Information

Upon completion of the lactation consultant certificate program, students are eligible to take the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) certification exam.

Program Completion Limits

The program is between 40.5 credit hours and 44.5 credit hours depending on whether the student completes Pathway 2 or Pathway 3.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements and Eligibility

It is strongly recommended that AH-100 and BIO-134 are completed before AH-121. Additionally, acceptance to the lactation consultant program is contingent upon fulfilling and maintaining minimum program requirements and proof of the following:

  • Health Insurance
  • Physical examination
  • TB testing/screening
  • Immunizations as required
  • Titers to assure immunity for specific conditions
  • American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for Healthcare Professionals certification
  • Must pass drug screening on first test
  • Criminal background check

Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours
41.50