Lactation Specialist Training

The Lactation Specialist  (LS) is a consultant trained to focus on the needs and concerns of the breastfeeding mother-baby pair and to prevent, recognize, and solve breastfeeding difficulties.

LS services do not replace those of other healthcare workers; instead, the LS is an extender of maternal–child services. During pregnancy, the LS provides anticipatory guidance to the expectant mother and her family, while exploring her concerns and preferences for lactation.

In the postpartum, the LS serves as a reference and support for the new mother, aiding her in success with her infant feeding goals.

The LS can offer suggestions for holistic and natural remedies for minor discomforts, and Mamatoto Village’s LS has the added benefit of being able to support mothers with a range of psychosocial factors while delivering culturally empathetic care.

LS can work in a community-based setting, in a clinic under the supervision of an IBCLC, or as an independent practitioner.

​Training Details

This comprehensive 45-hour course is designed to provide each student with a foundational understanding of the anatomy and physiology of human lactation and lactation management skills in working with the breastfeeding dyad. The course will meet in the classroom for 45-hours of didactic and hands-on skills training.

There are 5 training modules that fulfill the competencies aligned with the UNICEF Breastfeeding Course. During the training, you will receive a resource book, digital resources, and journal articles.

There is a 100 question exam to complete the course. You must pass the course with an 80% or higher. You have 1 month from the last day of the training to complete all requirements for certifications as a Lactation Specialist (LS).

  1. What is the cost to attend training? 

    $625

  2. What is the time commitment?

    The in-person training will take place over 2 weekends (Friday-Sunday) 9am-6:30 pm.  There is also an online component that consists of resources, discussion questions, and quizzes.

  3. Do you provide mentorship for those wanting to become an IBCLC?

    Yes. We have an IBCLC on staff who can provide mentorship on a case-by-case basis. Mamatoto Village can also provide clinical hours for the IBCLC.

Post-training, mentorship opportunities are available for an additional fee. Mentorship extends for up to 6 months.