Designed for hospital and community health care professionals who support breastfeeding mothers. Gain up to date knowledge and skill in breastfeeding support and awareness of current issues in lactation. There is a strong emphasis on physiology, critical appraisal, evidence based practice, research and management of breastfeeding dyad and family. Program, approved by the international Lactation Education, Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC), and is designed to meet IBCLC curriculum standards required for eligibility to write the IBLC examination.
A Letter of Recognition outlining courses, course hours, and LEAARC approval is available to students who successfully complete the program.
- Prepare to write the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Examination to become a certified lactation consultant
- Specialization increases potential to find employment working in some capacity with breastfeeding dyad and families.
Admission & Registration
Health Professionals currently working with or who plan to work with breastfeeding dyad and families in near future.
There are a number of ways to register. Visit our how to register page for more information. Clinical courses are designated (SA) and thus departmental approval is required for registration with proof of admission requirements.
Prepare learner to write International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Examination to become a certified lactation consultant.
Specialization increases potential to find employment working in some capacity with breastfeeding dyad and families.
Program of Studies
Completion Requirement: 4 courses
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- Use specialized knowledge & skills to provide safe, competent care to breastfeeding dyad and families
- Discuss the psychosocial, cultural, ethical, & political influences on breastfeeding as a choice
- Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate care in both normal and complex breastfeeding situations
- Update and expand their 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-centred 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
Preclinical / Clinical Information
Students preparing for Clinical Placement should visit our Preclinical / Clinical webpage for details and information on the process.
These experiences may be completed in your own community provided suitable clinical units are available and willing to take students.
You will be expected to develop a learning plan which is an opportunity to design the clinical experience to meet individual learning needs.
Prior Learning Assessment
Students with appropriate educational background and current clinical practice may apply for course exemption via PLAR process. Contact us for assessment and discussion of credentials.