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Lactation Counselor Training and Certification

About Lactation Counselor Training

Many parents experience breast/chest feeding problems in the early days after having a baby. Lactation (Breastfeeding) Counselors have the opportunity to make a real difference to the families they work with. Childbirth International’s accredited lactation counselor training will enable you to assist clients to overcome feeding difficulties, building a close relationship with those you are working with, and knowing that with your support, you can help a parent and baby gain the benefits of human milk. Whether you want to become a Lactation Counselor on its own or take your first step towards the IBCLC certification as a Lactation Consultant, this ANCC accredited course will provide you with the knowledge, tools, and skills to achieve your goals!

Being a Lactation Counselor brings you into a family at a time when they may be struggling. Whether you’re helping a new parent learn how to latch their baby on, or working intensively someone who’s trying to overcome mastitis, your role will be a crucial one. At CBI we make sure you have a thorough grounding in all these areas and more. You’ll also have support and guidance from your trainer, and from our network of lactation counselors around the world.

Much of your work as a Lactation Counselor will be listening to the clients you work with and truly supporting them. As a student, you’ll develop strong communication skills, learning the important skills of reflective practice, and effective and active listening. During this online training program, you will develop strong skills in using the counseling process to help clients feel supported and heard. You’ll also cover all the business aspects – how to build your client base, paperwork, forms and legal issues, advertising and promoting your business.

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Whether you’re helping a new parent latch their baby, teaching lactation classes, or supporting someone to overcome lactation challenges, your role as a certified lactation counselor is a crucial one

Compare Lactation Training Programs

We know that choosing a training provider can be confusing when they all seem to have different requirements and different pricing structures. To make it easier for you to make a comparison, we have put together a helpful chart for you to compare CBI to other certified lactation training programs.

If you are unsure whether becoming a lactation counselor is the path you would like to take, we have a mini course to help you understand the options available to work as a lactation specialist, options for studying lactation, and whether you want to pursue IBCLC accreditation. The course is available on a ‘pay what you can’ basis ($5-$25) and you can get started on it straight away.

Read more about the Becoming a Lactation Professional mini-course.

Refund Policy

Deciding to join us on your journey to become a certified birth doula is virtually risk-free. We offer a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of purchase. You can read our refund policy for full details.

Certification Requirements

To become a certified lactation counselor with Childbirth International, you’ll submit assignments and complete exams. Once the requirements are completed, you’ll be awarded a certificate showing you are a Certified Lactation Counselor. There are no additional costs for certification and your certification is for life. We want to make sure that the work you do for certification is relevant and useful to you. We won’t ask you to have medical caregivers evaluate you, or have you read extra books. Every requirement is designed to build on your knowledge and skills and give you a deeper understanding of your role as a lactation counselor. The requirements for becoming a certified lactation counselor with Childbirth International are:

  • Set personal goals for communicating with clients and caregivers
  • Critique two videos for bias and evidence
  • Analyze case studies on reflective practice, physiology, and counseling skills
  • Complete online, open-book exams (between 10-20 multiple choice questions in each) on physiology
  • Survey the lactation support options available to clients within your community
  • Work with clients providing lactation support for 30 hours (in-person or virtually)
  • Reflect on your role and the skills you used when working with clients

Topics Covered in Your Lactation Counselor Training

We want to make sure you feel prepared and confident in your role as a certified lactation counselor. Every client you work with will have different needs but all of them will be looking to you for support in making the decisions that are right for them. To make sure you have the knowledge and skills to support your clients, you’ll have a comprehensive curriculum, together with a mentor and a global network of peers who’ll join you on your journey. The modules included in the Lactation Counselor Training program are:

You can read more about each of the modules covered in your lactation counselor training and find out about the topics included together with the competencies you’ll build in each lesson by clicking on any module in the above list.

Becoming a Lactation Specialist – Easy Guide

BFC, IBCLC, LC, CBC, CLC… Confused about the differences?

One of the most common questions we are asked about CBI’s Lactation Counselor course is the difference between a Lactation or Breastfeeding Counselor, a Breastfeeding Educator, and a Lactation Consultant. To help untangle the alphabet soup of lactation specialist options, our easy guide explains the differences and why different training organizations use different letters to represent their training and certification programs. We offer a short course (2-3 hours) for you to explore the different options available for becoming a lactation specialist and the career opportunities available. The course is available on a ‘pay what you can’ basis ($5-$25) to ensure it is accessible to as many people as possible.

Read about the Becoming a Lactation Professional mini-course

Becoming an IBCLC Lactation Consultant

Many people aspire to become recognized as an IBCLC but are unsure what the pathways mean, how to achieve the different requirements, and what education is required. Our Becoming a Lactation professional mini-course explains the IBCLC pathways and outlines the steps required to be accredited as an IBCLC and the different options for achieving them.

Read about the Becoming a Lactation Professional mini-course

If you’re pursuing IBCLC accreditation, you might be interested in our Safety and Infection Control and Prevention course. This 9.2-hour professional development course meets the health science requirements for a course in universal precautions and infection control.

I loved everything about my lactation certification and can’t wait to continue my doula training.

Ana, Odessa, Texas