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Breastfeeding Support Consultants
Center for Lactation Education

Breastfeeding Counselor Course 

Past students say:

Thank you for a wonderful program.  I have had an inspiring year with my BSC course and have had a great time learning.  JB

I have used every aspect of my training with you in some area.  I believe your program is the BEST without any doubt.  MB

Course 510:  Breastfeeding Counselor Exclusive Home Study 

95 IBLCE L-CERPS  Cost is only $975.00 with interest free payment plan available.

The Breastfeeding Counselor course is for peer counselors and health workers who seek core knowledge and skills for helping mothers breastfeed.  The goal is for the student to achieve a basic understanding of breastfeeding management and counseling techniques.  Reading Counseling the Nursing Mother will assist the student in completing assignments.  Learning activities include study questions and role plays.  A final exam is administered at the completion of the course.

Students receive a program guide.  The course can be completed in 9 to 12 months, with 18 months the maximum amount of time allowed.  Students are expected to submit a course component every 6 weeks.

Eligibility for a Breastfeeding Counselor Course

Students must have a high school diploma or equivalent. There are no specific postsecondary academic or professional requirements for admission to a Breastfeeding Counselor Course. However, applicants must have access to counseling breastfeeding mothers., i.e., through a support group.


Required Reading for Course 510

Lauwers, Judith and Swisher, Anna, Counseling the Nursing Mother:  A Lactation Consultant's Guide, Boston, Jones and Bartlett, Fifth Edition.

Curriculum for Course 510
Counseling and communication skills Role in the health care team Supplemental foods and weaning Counseling grieving parents
Mammary growth and development Factors in an infant's ability to feed Sexuality, fertility and contraception Neonatal jaundice
Health consumerism Managing early feedings Cultural diversity Multiple birth
Nutrition counseling for women Factors in milk production Low income mothers Cultural issues in nutrition
Drugs, alcohol, and other impurities Feeding frequency and duration Single and adolescent mothers Contraindications to breastfeeding
Dietary advice to low income women Social support for women Collection and storage of breastmilk Immunology and allergy protection
Colostrum and breastmilk Breast and nipple problems Devices and techniques to assist feeding Working mothers
Changes in milk volume and content Relactation and induced lactation

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Check out our other shorter lactation courses
Lactation "Mini" Courses


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