Lactation Consultation Programs

Birthingway does not offer online courses.

Taking the biodynamic model of birth to its natural next step, Birthingway's Lactation Educator and Lactation Consultation Training Programs approach breastfeeding support with the same emphasis on physiologic processes and low intervention.

Birthingway offers two options for those interested in becoming a breastfeeding professional:

Lactation Consultation Program, which prepares students to sit for the IBLCE (International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners) exam via one of three pathways:

  • Pathway 1- Recognized Healthcare Professionals and Recognized Mother Support Counselors 
  • Pathway 2- Accredited Academic Programs. The Pathway 2 Program Application is updated online every Spring. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.
  • Pathway 3-Mentored Apprenticeships

This video, produced by IBLCE, explains the three pathways:


Lactation Educator Program, in which a student takes classes with some skills elements but does not go on to sit for the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) exam, administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). Students seeking this Birthingway credential may be interested in adding more breastfeeding knowledge to their labor or postpartum doula or childbirth educator business, or may want to teach breastfeeding classes or become a peer counselor for WIC or Le Leche League. No financial aid available for this program.

The most up-to-date information about qualifying for the IBLCE certification exam is here.

Check out our Lactaton Program FAQ to answer common questions. Here are the costs for breastfeeding coursework. Download our Program Pamphlet.

LEAARC Approved

To support  these programs, we offer a LEAARC approved course. Our Breastfeeding series meets IBLCE's 90 hours in lactation specific education requirement for eligibility to apply to the IBLCE exam. Information regarding our breastfeeding series.