Lactation Consultant


Description
Applications & Pathways
Employment or job opportunities and pay scale
Certification
Course assignments
Time commitment
Required Textbooks
Financial considerations

FAQs

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Description

This university based program is a clinical training program for Lactation Consultants. Lactation Consultants work within all realms of the lactation field. The LC will be able to triage breastfeeding problems, educate consumers and professionals, and work with the setting up and management of breastfeeding programs. The lactation consultant deals with all aspects of the lactation process and practice.

Lactation Consultants are employed by hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, or are in private practice.

Although one does not need to be a nurse to train as a lactation consultant, nurses who work with mothers, babies, and families often extend their skills by becoming Lactation Consultants. Lactation Consultants may work with pregnant women and their family in community perinatal health programs such WIC.

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Applications & Pathways

LC Pathways & Schedules
Determine your appropriate lactation consultant pathway
LC Course Pathway 1 Approval Checklist
LC Course Pathway 2 Approval Checklist
LC Hours Calculation Form
Directions: How to complete “LC Hours Calculation Form”

This information is a general overview and subject to change without notice.

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Employment or job opportunities and pay scale

Lactation Consultants typically interact with patients in a role similar to nurse practitioners, as advanced practice clinicians. They generally work independently to triage and manage a clinical lactation concern for mother, baby, and family unit. In most areas, they are paid an hourly rate that seems to parallel the RN salary range which is from $20-$45 per hour. Lactation consultants do not have to be RN’s to function in their role, although some hospitals may have an additional requirement that the LC be an RN.

Lactation Consultants may be employed in hospitals and manage hospital breastfeeding centers and boutiques. In this roll they may facilitate other lactation consultants, breastfeeding support groups, triage phone calls and warm lines, and manage breastfeeding stores that rent breast pumps and sell breastfeeding clothing and products.

Lactation Consultants are frequently hired by WIC, the federally funded Women, Infant, and Children program. These lactation consultants are usually also dieticians, although that is not a requirement.

Some UC San Diego Extension Lactation Consultant graduates have chose to establish private practices. In this role they do lactation consultations with patients and their families either in a business setting or in the patient’s home. The fees are set by the individual lactation consultant. The business may also include retail products, breast pump rentals, support groups and classes. As these are businesses, the lactation consultant would need to secure a business license and any appropriate additional paperwork or community requirements.

It is important for the perspective student to know that Lactation Consultants generally are employed part time although more full time positions are becoming available.  Currently, UC San Diego Extension does not offer job placement assistance, however most graduating students who have sought employment as Lactation Consultants have secured positions.

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Certification

UC San Diego Extension supports IBLCE as the credential and certification for practicing Lactation Consultants. The IBLCE exam is given the last Monday of July every year. The student must complete the IBLCE requirements as currently defined at www.IBLCE.org.

Students may meet the certification exam requirements by any pathway. All UC San Diego Extension students who successfully complete the training program and its requirements are eligible to sit for the IBLCE exam.

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Course Assignments

Assignments include but may not be limited to:
• Internet resource assignment (monthly)
• Worksheets (monthly)
• Review of 2-3 study articles (monthly)
• Lactnet journal (monthly)
• Policies and Position Papers Assignment (monthly)
• Community Support Group
• La Leche League meetings
• Breastfeeding Coalition Meetings
• Long term cases studies
• Clinical observation requirement
• Periodic testing

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Time Commitment

• Didactic/Classroom: Approximately 120 hours
• Additional homework: Approximately 10-20 hours per month
• Clinical: Based on number of hours needed to meet the IBLCE requirement (LC Hours Calculation Form)
• Pathway 1: Student documents 1,000 hours clinical within last five years
• Pathway 2: 300 hours clinical

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Required Textbooks

LC Education Only Pathway 1
Required Textbooks
1. Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician, by Walker, 3rd edition (Jones & Bartlett) (May 20, 2013)
ISBN: 9781449694654
2. Case Studies in Breastfeeding: Problem-Solving Skills & Strategies, Cadwell K, Turner-Maffei C, Jones and Bartlett,
ISBN: 0763726001
3. Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, by Wambach/Riordan, 5th Edition, (Jones and Bartlett),
ISBN: 9781284053005

Optional Textbooks
1.Counseling the Nursing Mother: A Lactation Consultant’s Guide by Lauwers/Swisher, 5th edition,
(Jones & Bartlett, July 2010), ISBN: 9780763780524

 

Hybrid LC Pathway 2
Required Textbooks
1. Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician by Walker, 3rd edition (Jones & Bartlett) (May 20, 2013)
ISBN: 9781449694654
2. Case Studies in Breastfeeding: Problem-Solving Skills & Strategies, Cadwell K, Turner-Maffei C, Jones and Bartlett,
ISBN: 0763726001
3. Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, by Wambach/Riordan, 5th Edition, (Jones and Bartlett),
ISBN:9781284053005

Optional Textbooks
1. Counseling the Nursing Mother, Judith Lauwers, BA, IBCLC and Anna Swisher, MBA, IBCLC,
ISBN-13: 9780763780524
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Financial considerations

• Cost of program:

– Pathway 1 online: education and homework only = $995
– Pathway 2 Hybrid class: education, clinical and homework = $3495

• Cost of books approximately $250
• Cost of IBLCE exam approximately $495
• Cost of lab coat approximately $25
• Cost of lab coat approximately $25
• Cost of Specialized Certificate $60
• Cost of homework printing and supplies approximately $150 for the year
• Cost of babysitting and travel to the course, as applicable

For financial aid or student loan information, please review UC San Diego Extension’s financial aid information. There are no scholarships for this course from UC San Diego Extension.

There may be scholarships from your local breastfeeding coalitions. You may have educational funds as part of your employment as with many hospitals.

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FAQs

LC Education Only Pathway 1
Q: What are the UC San Diego application requirements of pathway 1?
A: Pathway 1 candidates: The UC San Diego lactation program for pathway 1 is 90 hours of didactic education which meets the IBLCE lactation course requirement for the IBLCE exam. The UC San Diego lactation program recommends but does not require that all pathway 1 applicants have met the clinical and professional educational pre-requisite requirements of the IBLCE before taking the pathway 1 education. These requirements can be reviewed at IBLCE.org. All pathway 1 candidates will sign a memorandum of understanding stating that the candidate is responsible for meeting the clinical and professional educational requirements of the IBLCE.

Q: What is the application deadline for the UCSD Pathway 1 course and when is the IBLCE test date?
A: Pathway 1: Offered every quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).
UC San Diego pathway 1 education course is 2 quarters in length (~6 months).
UCSD Pathway 1 Course and IBLCE Exam Application and test date:
Fall/Winter Quarter: IBLCE application due May and IBLCE test date is October
Winter/Spring Quarter: IBLCE application due May and IBLCE test date is October
(Due to IBLCE test application date this section is 18 weeks of academia and 22 weeks of course access)
Spring/Summer Quarter: IBLCE application due November and IBLCE test date is April
Summer/Fall Quarter: IBLCE application due November and IBLCE test date is April
(Due to IBLCE test application date this section is 18 weeks of academia and 22 weeks of course access)

Q: What are the IBLCE exam dates and IBLCE test application dates?
A: April IBLCE exam … Application due previous November
October IBLCE exam … Application due previous May

Q: Who is eligible to apply to the UC San Diego Pathway 1 program?
A: Pathway 1 Candidates: Completion of requirement 1 and 2 (below), General Education and Clinical hours is recommended, but not required BEFORE the start of the UC San Diego Extension Lactation Pathway 1 program:

1. General Education Requirement: Licensed, Registered or Recognized Health Professional OR has the 8 college courses and 6 CEU Courses as described at IBLCE.org. For the IBLCE Exam application you will be required to identify your health profession, and you may be required to submit a copy of your license, registration, diploma or transcript.
Health professionals include: physicians, nurses, midwives, dietitians, occupational, physical and speech therapists, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists and chiropractors. If your profession is not on this list, please see IBLCE.org for more information about whether or not your professional training will satisfy the General Education requirements.
When applying for the course, candidates must demonstrate completion of these courses by submitting documentation of completion from accredited colleges or universities.

2. Clinical Hours Requirement: Currently, working in a paid or volunteer job in which you provide care to breastfeeding families or if you have worked in this type of job during the past 5 years AND can document a minimum of 1000 hours working directly with moms and babies and breastfeeding. Documentation must be verifiable by a supervisor. For more information about how to calculate the clinical practice hours required by Pathway 1, please see IBLCE.org.

LC Education Only Pathway 2
Q: What are the UC San Diego application requirements of pathway 2?
A: Pathway 2 candidates: The UC San Diego lactation program for pathway 2 meets the IBLCE 90 hours of didactic education requirement for the IBLCE exam. The UC San Diego course is 120+ hours in length. The UC San Diego lactation requires that all pathway 2 applicants have met the professional educational pre-requisite requirements of the IBLCE before taking the UC San Diego pathway 2 education program. These requirements can be reviewed below or at IBLCE.org.

Q: When will the pathway 2 course be completed?
A: The UC San Diego program works closely with the IBLCE. For the UC San Diego pathway 2 candidates, all of the homework and clinical will be due by May 1, of each year. This deadline will allow ample time to apply for the IBLCE exam for October of that year. The candidate will be able to continue to review information from the course until mid-June and the course will have a “mock” test review annually in June.

Q: In regards to Lactation Consultant program pathway 2 program for fall 2016: will all the course requirements be met by May 13, 2016?
A: In the past, the IBLCE allowed for a Moratorium of Understanding to be completed stating that exam requirements would be met by the time the exam was taken. As noted at IBLCE.org, the IBLCE no longer allows for a MOU and all requirements to sit for the October 2016 must be completed by May 2016. The UCSD Pathway 2 lactation consultant training program will be complete by May 1, 2016 with access to the course thru mid-June.

Q: What is the application deadline for the UCSD Pathway 2 course and when is the IBLCE Test date?
A: Pathway 2: UC San Diego Pathway 2 application for the program is open from Jan 1 to June 15, annually. IBLCE test application deadline is May and test date is October, annually. Due to IBLCE test application date this section is 27 weeks of academia, clinical, and 33 weeks of course access with a mock test review in June.

Q: What are the IBLCE exam dates and IBLCE test application dates?
A: April IBLCE exam … Application due previous November
October IBLCE exam … Application due previous May

Q: What are the “pre-requisites” for the UC San Diego Pathway 2 program?
A: Pathway 2 Candidates: Completion of “General Education Requirement” of the IBCLE is required before the start of the UC San Diego Lactation Consultant Pathway 2 program.

General Education Requirement: Candidate must be a Licensed, Registered or Recognized Health Professional. For UC San Diego hybrid lactation program pathway 2 application you will be required to identify your health profession, and required to submit a copy of your license, registration, diploma or unofficial transcript.

1. 8 College Subjects must be from an accredited college or university and at least one academic term in length. Candidates must have received a passing grade in each course of C or better in each of the courses.

Biology
*Human Anatomy
*Human Physiology – NOTE: UCSD course FPM-40535, Anatomy & Physiology, meets BOTH requirements.
*Nutrition – NOTE: UCSD BIOL-40270, meets this requirement.
*Introduction to Research – NOTE: UCSD CSE-41069, Introduction to Statistics, meets this requirement.
Psychology or Counseling or Communication Skills
Sociology or Cultural Sensitivity or Cultural Anthropology
Infant and Child Growth and Development

2. 6 Continuing Education Subjects available at UC San Diego Extension ONLINE

Ethics for Healthcare Professionals (3 hours) BUSA-80010 ($75)
Fundamentals of Infection Prevention (12 hours) FPM-40577 ($129)
Lactation Medical Documentation (2 hours) RMED-80000 ($45)
Medical Clinical Terminology (20 hours) FPM-40172 ($195)
Occupational Safety & Security (10 hours) FPM-40554 ($195)
Basic Life Support CPR for Medical Personnel Must be current

If you are not a licensed, registered, or recognized health professional you will be required to submit proof of completion of the 8 academic college courses and 6 CEU courses as described by the IBLCE.org. These courses must be from an accredited college or university.
Health professionals include: physicians, nurses, midwives, dietitians, occupational, physical and speech therapists, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists and chiropractors. If your profession is not on this list, please see IBLCE.org for more information about whether or not your professional training will satisfy the General Education requirements.

Completion of a 45-hour lactation education training program (preferably UC San Diego Extension’s program), within the past 5 years. The course is CLEC – Lactation Educator Counselor RMED-40006. The CLEC – Lactation Educator Counselor course is offered online each quarter or in a classroom setting at various locations that are listed at http://breastfeeding-education.com/home/clec-2.

Q: What if my CLEC or equivalent is older than 5 years?
A: Required course is UC San Diego online 10-hour refresher course. This course will update the educational points of the CLEC – Lactation Educator Counselor course. Course Number: RMED-40026, Credit: 1 unit ($125).

Q: What is the estimated time commitment for the Hybrid Lactation Pathway 2 program?
A:
Clinical: Intern required to do about 12-14 hours per week of clinical
Starts late September or early October and ends April 30 – Need 300 hours
(Accounting for sick days for intern and/or master IBCLC and holidays)

Weekly Time Commitment:
Video Viewing: Approximately 7-8 hours per week
Homework: Approximately 5-6 hours per week
Outside Meetings: 3 meetings one time each in fall part of the course
Long Term Cases (2): 1-2 hours per week starting in January

Intern can and should work ahead on hours and homework. Intern is subject to removal from program if they get behind in requirements. If unable to complete the course in timely manner, Intern may roll over to next program (Fee and requirements available on request).

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