Lactation Educator Counselor
(Offered Online or Onsite)
This university based program trains participants to be Lactation Educator Counselors. Lactation Educator Counselors are typically entry level practitioners and deal primarily with the normal process of lactation.
Lactation Educator Counselors teach breastfeeding classes, usually in hospitals and clinics. Lactation Educator Counselors may work with pregnant women and their families in community perinatal health programs such WIC. They may be employed in a “Store” or “boutique” that rents or sells breastfeeding clothes and equipment.
Nurses who work with mothers, babies, and families often extend their skills by becoming Lactation Educator Counselors.
This course is the required prerequisite to the Lactation Consultant course.
Other Credit: BRN, RD: 45 CE Hrs. IBLCE CERP’s: 45
Course Number: RMED-40006 Credit: 4 units
Upon successful completion of the program the student will receive a “Certificate of Completion” from UC San Diego, Extension. A student may then call themselves a “certificated” Lactation Educator Counselor. Click here for information on certification as a Lactation Consultant.
Employment or job opportunities and pay scale
Lactation Educator Counselors typically teach breastfeeding classes that can vary from 2-3 hours to 4 hours in length with additional payment for 30 to 60 minutes of preparation time. They are paid an hourly rate that ranges from $15-$35 per hour in the San Diego area.Lactation Educator Counselors are frequently hired by WIC, the federally funded Women, Infant, and Children program.
Lactation Educator Counselors may be employed in hospitals and work in hospital breastfeeding centers and boutiques. In this role they may facilitate breastfeeding support groups, triage phone calls and warm lines, and manage breastfeeding stores that rent breast pumps and sell breastfeeding clothing and products. They sometimes are the triage agent for all patients who have delivered their babies within a facility.
It is important for the perspective student to know that Lactation Educator Counselors generally teach or are employed part time.
Lactation Educator Counselors can function as private practitioners and/or maintain a private practice that augments Doula work. Often times Lactation Educator Counselors have a home based breast pump rental business. In this role the Lactation Educator Counselor would set their own fees.
Class attendance is mandatory for the In-class option.
Assignments include but may not be limited to:
• Internet resource assignment
• Review of 4 research studies
• Counseling problems
• Nutrition assignment
• Clinical Assignment
• Periodic testing
• Community based breastfeeding class observation
• Breastfeeding Class Curriculum includes topical outline; minimum 12 lesson plans, and 2 content teaching outlines.
• Class didactic: 45 hours onsite, 60 hours online
• Additional homework: Estimated 20-60 hours
Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, by Wambach/Riordan, 5th Edition, (Jones and Bartlett, 2016),
Counseling the Nursing Mother: A Lactation Consultant’s Guide by Judith Lauwers and Anna Swisher, (5th Edition)
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