Clinical Instruction in Lactation: Teaching the Next Generation

Clinical Instruction in Lactation: Teaching the Next Generation

The growth of the lactation consultant profession has paralleled that of other allied health professions. Because the profession is relatively new, the preparation of lactation consultants is still very much a work in progress. The authors, all

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The growth of the lactation consultant profession has paralleled that of other allied health professions. Because the profession is relatively new, the preparation of lactation consultants is still very much a work in progress. The authors, all experienced lactation consultants who have educated lactation consultants for a number of years, joined forces to create Clinical Instruction in Lactation: Teaching the Next Generation. The primary goal of this book is to assist clinical instructors in developing internships that will prepare individuals for this profession and to help them grow into competent and compassionate lactation consultants. Lactation consultant interns will also find the book useful in evaluating internship programs and learning what to expect in their clinical preparation for the profession.


A structured internship takes an intern beyond the minimal competency tested on the certification exam to produce a professional lactation consultant who can apply the knowledge and skills they have learned to help mothers and babies. This text is designed to assist experienced lactation consultants in developing a structured internship program that prepares interns to practice as safe and competent lactation consultants and that prepares them to become board certified. In addition to providing information on developing an internship program in a variety of settings, the authors have described qualities needed in successful lactation consultant interns and clinical instructors. An extensive appendix provides samples of documents the reader can use in their programs.

Author: International Lactation Consultant Association

Copyright: 2012

ISBN: 978-0-9847746-6-1

Total Pages: 206

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Alicia I
11/19/2012

© International Lactation Consultant Association
ILCA Print and Multimedia Reviews
October 2012 – Available at www.ILCA.org
Clinical Instruction in Lactation: Teaching the Next Generation
International Lactation Consultant Association
Developed by Phyllis Kombol, RN, MSN, IBCLC, Linda Kutner, BSN, IBCLC, FILCA, and Jan
Barger, RN, MA, IBCLC, FILCA
Hale Publishing, 2012
204 pages, illustrated, appendices, references, index, US$32.95, softcover
Orders: Hale Publishing, LP, 1712 N Forest St, Amarillo, TX 79106 USA
Tel: 806-376-9900 or 800-378-1317; fax: 806-376-9901
E-mail: books@halepublishing.com, URL: www.ibreastfeeding.com

If you are thinking about developing a lactation clinical instruction program, becoming a clinical instructor in an established program, or enrolling as an intern, you need this easy-to-use guide for creating or identifying an optimal clinical education program in lactation.

Despite its young age, the lactation profession has amassed a large amount of knowledge. However, limited opportunities exist for hands-on clinical education for those who wish to become lactation consultants or for current practitioners who wish to expand their areas of expertise. With decades of experience providing clinical instruction to lactation interns, the authors judiciously adapt to lactation instruction the research and theoretical teaching /learning models from within and without lactation literature. Four internship program types (freestanding, college affiliated, hospital/healthcare system, and instructor consortium) are described and compared. Two chapters describe the qualities of successful clinical lactation instructors and interns.

Many bulleted lists that organize or highlight key concepts and 98 pages of sample forms enhance the book. The forms include program planning, intern applications, orientation, evaluations, and patient charting documents. Permission is given to adapt the forms for your program providing credit is given to the originating person/institution. However copies are not provided on a CD so you will still need to generate your own forms.

Prospective lactation consultant interns will find this book useful when exploring internship
programs. Prospective instructors in clinical lactation will save hours of work and improve the chance of having a high quality clinical lactation program. The cost of this book is definitely worth the investment.

Robin Hirth, MEd, IBCLC
Cincinnati, Ohio USA

Editor’s note: Clinical Experience in Lactation: A Blueprint for Internship, developed by two of the authors and following the concepts above, was reviewed in JHL 14(3):266-267, September 1998.

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