Admission to the Lactation Program

Birthingway’s Lactation Consultant Program enables students to deliver the Biodynamic Model of Care, which prioritizes the relationship between mother and baby as the central component of breastfeeding consultation. Students are held to a high standard of competency with grades emphasizing professional competence and skill.

Birthingway-educated consultants provide empathy for their clients, are well-trained in collaborative and intimate environments, and are passionate about creating change for families.

Application Details

To apply to the Lactation Consultant Program, please submit the following materials by mail no later than June 1, 2017. More details on the materials can be found in the 2017 Application below:

Once all documents are received, our Program Coordinator will reach out to set up an in-person or phone interview as the next stage of the admissions process. Applicants will receive notification of their acceptance status in mid-July, 2017.

Program Timeline

The Lactation Program will begin with Birthingway’s Fall Term on September 14, 2017. For more information about registration for Fall Term, please check our Academic Calendar.

Fall Term: Lactation Core I class
Winter Term: Lactation Core II class
Spring Term: Lactation Core III class

In addition to the three core classes, Pathway 2 candidates must also complete 300 hours of Clinical Training along with IBLCE’s 14 required Health Sciences and continuing education courses to graduate from Birthingway’s program. Birthingway Lactation Program students have the flexibility to determine when Clinical Training and Health Sciences courses fit best in their schedule. Students may take one to three years to complete their certificate, or two to four years to complete their associate’s degree in Lactation Consultation.

Questions? Call us at 503-760-3131 or email