Lactation Consultation Pathway 2
Pathway 2: Accredited Academic Program
Birthingway does not offer online courses.
You must graduate from an accredited academic program in human lactation and breastfeeding that meets IBLCE requirements. Birthingway has developed a two-year Associate of Science in Lactation Consultation Degree (ALC) that meets all of IBLCE's Pathway 2 requirements. Our Program has also been accredited by The Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) and authorized by the State of Oregon's Office of Degree Authorization. Students enrolled into our ALC Program may qualify for Federal Student Aid. You may contact our Financial Aid Officer to discuss tuition and payment options before applying to our Pathway 2 program.
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Who would benefit?
Any student who is not already a health professional or peer counselor and who is interested in having a complete academic program as well as support in accessing clinical hours. Students will be required to apply to enter this program and may also apply to Birthingway’s Breastfeeding Center for some portion of their clinical hours.
Required Minimum Lactation Specific Clinical Experience
300 hours directly supervised by one or more currently certified IBCLCs. This requirement must be completed prior to graduation, and exam application must be submitted within 5 years of completion. Students may apply to participate in consultations and support through Birthingway's Breastfeeding Center, in addition to working with IBCLCs in other settings. Prerequisites apply and Birthingway does not guarantee clinical training placement or clinical training hours.
Education in Human Lactation and Breastfeeding
A recommended course sequence for Pathway 2
Recommended Course Sequence
If you are interested in applying to the program, please download the application Application Process page.