If youâre a health professional who works with breastfeeding mothers, you
should consider signing up for courses, available through mail or email,
offered by the Center for Lactation Education, centered in Villa Park,
Academics offered through the center include the following courses in
* Breastfeeding counselor
* Lactation consultant
* Specific subject lactation courses
* Clinical subject lactation courses
Distance education courses are available to those whom are seeking to
become a lactation consultant. Other health care professionals who may
benefit from these courses include:
* Nurse Practitioners
* Childbirth Educators
General admissions do not require students to have had any personal
breastfeeding experience. To apply, students must fill out an
application, which is available on the centerâs website.
Certain courses require students to have fulfilled additional criteria.
For the breastfeeding consultation course, students must have earned a
high school diploma or GED; for the lactation consultant course, students
must hold an associateâs degree or diploma from an accredited college,
university or nursing school.
The center is approved by the Accreditation and Approval Review Committee
on Education in Human Lactation and Breastfeeding.
Tuition is different for each program. Mini-courses in clinical and
specific subject courses are less than the counselor and consultant
courses. Tuition does not cover the price of textbooks.