This major is a program that prepares individuals to provide lactation management services and breastfeeding support to women, and to work as a Lactation Consultant in a variety of clinical settings.
Includes instruction in anatomy and physiology of lactation, nutrition, breastfeeding techniques and technologies, common concerns and solutions, management of special situations, breastfeeding instruction, professional and legal concerns, and advocacy.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Lactation Consultant Major (use the College Search feature and enter "lactation" in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Lactation Consultant Major?
If you work as a Lactation Consultant, you are a healthcare professional who specializes in the education and clinical management of breastfeeding. It is your job to help new mothers with every aspect of breastfeeding.
Job opportunities for lactation consultants are very strong in the future as this career subsector is expected to see a twelve percent (12%) growth 2018-2028.
You are not required to be a registered nurse in order to begin working as a lactation consultant. However, it is important to make sure that you have the requirements included in your bachelor’s degree program. This includes an education and understanding in biology, anatomy and physiology, infant and child growth development, counseling, nutrition, and psychology are important. As well, clinic time built into the degree program is essential. Then, take the exam to become certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners to become a licensed Lactation Consultant.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Lactation Consultant Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE)
- The American Academy of Pediatrics
- United States Lactation Consultant Association
Publications/Magazines in Lactation Consultant Major