Online Lactation Counselor Training Course
Healthy Children Project is now offering the Lactation Counselor Training Course completely online.
Course Content and Format
The online course offers the same up-to-date, comprehensive, evidence-based content and strong focus on clinical counseling and assessment skills that are the hallmark of the in-person LCTC, but delivered in the safety and comfort of the home. The online LCTC is a self-paced online course presented in an engaging and energetic format through videos, self-check questions, and competency verification. The course should take 52 hours to complete (just like the in-person version), but participants have up to 6 months to complete it. Participants can stop and start throughout the course.
Faculty hold a twice-weekly virtual office hours to answer additional questions for online participants. Participants can email questions in advance or ask questions during the office hours in the chat feature of the program. In the absence of in-person learning, this feature replicates the value of hearing others’ questions. Each office hours section is made available online so that students can revisit and review the questions at their convenience.
Online CLC© Exam
A remotely-proctored CLC© exam is now available from the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. The exam lasts up to three hours and will require internet access and a computer with a functioning video camera/webcam and audio. Time slots are currently available Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm EST. To learn how to schedule your CLC exam after completing the eligibility requirements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the CLC Exam, please see www.alpp.org.
You will need a recent laptop or desktop computer running Windows 10, Linux or Mac OS. This course requires the use of a web browser. Only the current versions of Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge/Edge Chromium are supported. This course requires 5Mbps or more of internet download speed for videos and course resources to operate properly. You will also need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to open PDF files. For more information about the technology requirements for the CLC Exam, please click here.
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Maternal Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation Course
The Maternal and Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation Course (MINA) is now being offered online for your convenience!
The course utilizes a case study format to develop proficiency in the process of assessment and analysis of the breastfeeding dyad, and to differentiate optimal conditions from those that are sub-optimal, as well as summarize and document the assessment. Major topics covered in the course are optimal and sub-optimal breastfeeding-related anatomy of mother and infant, normal and abnormal development of the anatomy and physiology of the breastfeeding mother and baby, breastfeeding assessment tools, breastfeeding assessment and the lexicon of breastfeeding and human lactation.
The Maternal Infant Assessment course fills a prerequisite for the Advanced Issues in Lactation Practice course, which prepares professionals for the Advanced Lactation Consultant or Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultant certification, accredited by ALPP.
RNs: 31.25; IBCLCs: 31.25L CERPs; College Credit Recommendations: 2 credits. Can be used towards CLC recertification.
For more information about course accreditation information, click here.
The online MINA is a self-paced online course presented in the same engaging and energetic format as the online LCTC through videos and self-check questions. The course should take approximately 31.25 hours to complete (just like the in-person version), and participants have up to 3 months to complete it. Participants can stop and start throughout the course.
You will need a recent laptop or desktop computer running Windows 10, Linux or Mac OS. This course requires the use of a web browser. Only the current versions of Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge/Edge Chromium are supported. This course requires 5Mbps or more of internet download speed for videos and course resources to operate properly. You will also need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to open PDF files.
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Professional Development Modules
Through our sister company, Health Education Associates, Healthy Children Project offers superb online professional development options for registered nurses, lactation consultants and lactation counselors, so you can learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.
The modules examine subjects within the framework of breastfeeding research and clinical practice, including the link between breastfeeding and reduction of diabetes, breastfeeding and IQ, donor milk and concerns about infant formula. Available selections include topics such as Ethics, International Policies and the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, Best Practices in Hospital Settings, and many more. For more information about module accreditation information, click here.
The following self-study modules are available as a collection or separately:
- The Association Between Breastfeeding, Higher IQ, and Better Visual Functioning
- The Role of Donor Milk in the Reduction of Infant Mortality and Morbidity: A Child Survival Issue
- Breastmilk and Diabetes: Understanding the Connection
- Concerns About Infant Formula
- The Economic Benefits of Breastfeeding
19 Contact Hours for RNs, 19 contact hours for CLCs and 19.0L CERPs for IBCLCs.
Additional modules include:
- International Policies and the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)
- Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding
- Curriculum in Support of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
- The Politics of Breastfeeding
Healthy Children Project also offers a line of educational DVDs for continuing education credit, including:
- Latch 1,2,3: Troubleshooting Breastfeeding in the Early Weeks
- Breastfeeding: Baby’s Choice
- Skin-to-Skin in the First Hour After Birth: Practical Advice for Staff after
Vaginal and Cesarean Birth
- How to Milk by Hand How to Feed from a Cup