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This comprehensive 45 hour course prepares health professionals and other interested individuals to become lactation counselors. It furnishes the basic information necessary to promote breastfeeding and to interact in the breastfeeding situation by assisting and encouraging the breastfeeding triad of mother, baby, and support person. Topics include basic anatomy and physiology of lactation, early attachment of the baby, hospital care, support during the postpartum stage, common concerns and solutions, and appliances and apparatuses used in breastfeeding. At completion of the course students are "Lactation Counselors". The course is available every quarter online. The Refresher: Educator Counselor Training course, offered quarterly, is intended for students to take five years after the Lactation Education Counselor course has been completed.

Students who successfully complete the Lactation Education Counselor course have the option to follow the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice’s requirements through the Aggregate Pathway to receive the Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) credential.  Please note, you must have proof you are a currently licensed health professional (RN, APRN, physician, etc.) or hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.  The Lactation Education Counselor course meets the requirement of 45 hours of education within the past year that relates directly to the WHO/UNICEF (World Health Organization/United Nations Children’s Fund) breastfeeding counseling training course. 

You are also provided with:

A certificate of completion
Counseling skills attestation
Resume of counseling skills attestation supervisor

The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice is a separate organization and is not affiliated with UC San Diego Extension.


RN: 45 hours of BRN CEUs

The textbook for this class:

     Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care 1st
     by Campbell, Suzanne Hetzel
     ISBN / ASIN: 9781284111163

You may purchase textbooks via the UC San Diego Bookstore.

Note: This course must be taken for a letter grade.

This course is offered in-person in various locations and online every quarter. View the academic calendar here

Course Number: RMED-40029
Credit: 4.50 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Lactation Consultant: Pathway 2

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