The Bachelor of Science major in Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting provides an evidence-based program for the lactation professional. This degree program is designed for both experienced lactation professions and those who are new to the field.
Graduates of the program have a strong foundation of research, evidence and skills and will be qualified to professionally counsel expectant mothers and mothers of young infants about best practices for the care and feeding of the young infant. Graduates may also be qualified to provide instruction for and/or make presentations to the medical profession (especially in a hospital setting), as well as community, governmental, and non-profit agencies.
Partnership with the Healthy Children Project
This major is offered through a learning partnership with the Healthy Children Project (HCP), a research and education institution dedicated to improving child health outcomes. Through their Center for Breastfeeding, HCP is the largest national provider of lactation management education for health-care providers.
Members of the HCP faculty are leaders in the breastfeeding and lactation field who are recognized for their evidence-based scholarship as well as their clinical experience. Faculty serve in leadership positions in maternal and child health coalitions on the regional and national level. In addition, Healthy Children is a founding member of the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), and an invited member of the USDA Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium.
Specialized Courses and Certifications
Completion of the degree program requires that students complete five courses through the Healthy Children Project, Inc. Two of these courses result in certifications.
- Lactation Counselor Training Course* (CLC certification)
- Developing and Implementing Evidence Based Clinical Practices (Distance Learning Course)
- Maternal & Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lacation
- Applied Teaching Methods in Lactation Education: Learn to Teach the 20 Hour Course
- Advanced Issues in Lactation Practice (ANLC or ALC certification)
* accredited as a Nursing Skills Competency Program through the American Nurses Credentialing Center
IBCLC Preparation and Internship Options
The Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting major prepares graduates to sit for the IBCLC examination by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. Required instruction is delivered through workshops conducted by Healthy Children Project faculty at locations around the country combined with Enhanced Learning Projects to earn college credit.
Those wishing to sit for the IBCLC examination may choose a 300 or 900 hour internship option. Those not wishing to qualify for the IBCLC Academic Pathway may complete
a practicum. All other courses required to complete the degree are offered by UI&U through distance learning.
Major Field of Study Outcomes
- Explain and apply the major terms, methods, concepts and/or theories relevant to Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting.
- Identify, analyze and evaluate scientific research findings related to the methods, concepts, theories and practice of maternal child health and lactation consulting.
- Apply the principles of biomedical ethics, lactation science and related disciplines in the provision of breastfeeding counseling and adult education services.
- Apply critical thinking and problem solving methods to correctly identify and assess for contributing factors and causes of breastfeeding management problems.
- Develop and describe an appropriate individualized and client centered plan, assist in the implementation of the plan, evaluate the effectiveness of the plan, and appropriately document client interactions.
- Communicate with clients and members of the health care team in a professional, integrated, interdisciplinary and culturally competent manner.