The Center for Breastfeeding’s Lactation Counselor Training Course is a college-level course designed to provide up-to-date, research-based information and clinical competency validation for the provision of professional lactation care. This five-day course is offered at a variety of locations throughout the United States and around the world, training over 4,500 participants annually. On the final day, the CLC® examination, the premier national certification in lactation management for the United States, is administered by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP).

Breastfeeding is an important public health issue. To better support breastfeeding families, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, among other international and national health authorities, recommend that all maternal/child health care workers be educated in the skills necessary to support breastfeeding families.

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The research and competency-based lactation management training provides:

  • Comprehensive breastfeeding management training
  • Practical skills that will make you more effective in your job
  • Time-saving hospital strategies that make breastfeeding a success
  • Strategies and tips for special circumstances – premies, Down Syndrome, newborns affected by medications, and more
  • How to talk to mothers in a way that encourages them to choose breastfeeding
  • Public Health/WIC strategies that work to increase breastfeeding success

Successful completion of the course signifies that the learner has met the required competencies and has a firm grounding in information and counseling skills required to provide support to breastfeeding mothers and their children.

Our course provides continuing education for registered nurses, lactation consultants, lactation counselors, and dietitians.

Completion of this course also satisfies the 20-hour staff member training requirement of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). The contact hours received through this five-day course may be applied to the continuing education hours required to sit for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (“IBLCE”) examination or to renew the IBLCE credential by CERPs.

Contact Hours: RNs: 52; CLCs: 52 Contact Hours; IBLCs: 52 L-CERPs; College Credits: 3, MCH 330

Participants who successfully complete the entire CLC course can also take an additional 168 hours of online learning. (Not required for CLC Certification.)

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Course Content and Format
The online course offers the same up-to-date, comprehensive, evidence-based content and strong focus on clinical counseling and assessment skills that are the hallmark of the in-person LCTC, but delivered in the safety and comfort of the home. The online LCTC is a self-paced online course presented in an engaging and energetic format through videos, self-check questions, and competency verification. The course should take 52 hours to complete (just like the in-person version), but participants have up to 6 months to complete it. Participants can stop and start throughout the course.

Office Hours
During the first few months, faculty are holding a twice-weekly virtual office hours to answer additional questions for online participants. Participants can email questions in advance or ask questions during the office hours in the chat feature of the program. In the absence of in-person learning, this feature replicates the value of hearing others’ questions. Each office hour section is logged and labeled by topic so that students can revisit and review the questions at their convenience.

Online CLC© Exam
A remotely-proctored CLC© exam is now available from the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. The exam lasts up to three hours and will require internet access and a computer with a functioning video camera/webcam and audio. Time slots are currently available Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm EST. To learn how to schedule your CLC exam after completing the eligibility requirements, please email For more information about the CLC Exam, please see

Technical Requirements
You will need a recent laptop or desktop computer running Windows 10, Linux or Mac OS. This course requires the use of a web browser. Only the current versions of Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge/Edge Chromium are supported. This course requires 5Mbps or more of internet download speed for videos and course resources to operate properly. You will also need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to open PDF files. For more information about the technology requirements for the CLC Exam, please click here.

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How do I become a CLC? Download our Online LCTC flyer for information about the course.

What is a CLC? Download the flyer from The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP).

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