How to become a lactation consultant?

Unveiling the Journey to Becoming a Lactation Consultant in the UK: A Comprehensive Guide to Training and Certification

Becoming a lactation consultant is such a rewarding career choice, especially if you have a passion for helping new mothers and infants. In the UK, the demand for qualified lactation consultants is on the rise as more mothers want to embrace breastfeeding in their parenting journey. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to become a lactation consultant, including what a lactation consultant does, the necessary training, and why Antenatal Training International is an ideal choice if you want to build a purpose led career – and a lucrative business!

What is a Lactation Consultant?

A lactation consultant is a healthcare professional who specialises in providing guidance and support to mothers on breastfeeding and lactation-related issues.

The primary goal of a lactation consultant is support new parents with making breastfeeding a positive and successful experience for both mother and baby. Lactation consultants play a crucial role in helping mothers overcome challenges such as latch issues, low milk supply, or breastfeeding discomfort.

There is a lot of pressure and stigma associated with breastfeeding – from all angles. It can be really confusing and frustrating for new mothers who want to have the bonding experience with their infant to get conflicting information, pressure and challenges. That is where a lactation consultant can play a pivotal role. If you are passionate about supporting new mothers with their breastfeeding journey – then training to become a lactation consultant could be an ideal career choice.

Training to become a breastfeeding counsellor:

To become a lactation consultant in the UK, you need to follow a structured path:

You will need specialised lactation education to become a lactation consultant in the UK. Look for courses accredited by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). These courses cover topics like anatomy and physiology of lactation, breastfeeding techniques, and counselling skills.

It is essential to gain hands-on experience in maternity care, ideally working with mothers and infants. This experience is invaluable in understanding the practical aspects of breastfeeding support.

Pass the IBLCE certification exam, which is a globally recognised qualification for lactation consultants. This step is crucial for becoming a certified lactation consultant.

As a lactation consultant, it is crucial to stay updated on the latest research and developments in breastfeeding support. Attend workshops, conferences, and webinars related to breastfeeding and lactation. Engage in continuing education opportunities to enhance your knowledge and skills, ensuring that you provide the most accurate and up-to-date information to the mothers you support. Some providers may offer ongoing free CPD, if not factor in these costs for your new future. 

Why Antenatal Training International is the right training provider to help you to become a lactation consultant

Selecting the right training provider is a crucial step on your journey to becoming a lactation consultant. Antenatal Training International could be an ideal choice for you. Our diploma offer includes:

  1. Interactive and Immersive Training: We offer an interactive and immersive learning experience. The courses are designed to engage students actively, allowing for a deep understanding of lactation principles and practices.

  2. Holistic Approach: Our approach training is based on holistic principles gleaned from 8 years of research. Our approach considers the whole person, not just the physical aspects of lactation. This approach aligns with the growing demand and emphasis on promoting holistic healthcare.

  3. Scientific Foundation: While we incorporate holistic principles, the training remains firmly rooted in science. This ensures that students receive evidence-based knowledge and skills.

  4. Experienced Faculty: Our training team consists of experienced professionals who are passionate about lactation and breastfeeding support. We provide invaluable support, expertise and guidance throughout the training.

Unveiling the Journey to Becoming a Lactation Consultant in the UK: A Comprehensive Guide to Training and Certification

If you’re considering a fulfilling career as a lactation consultant in the UK, your journey starts with the right training. It’s not just about becoming a consultant; it’s about becoming an exceptional one, equipped with both knowledge and heart.

Choosing Antenatal Training International for your lactation consultant qualification should b a serious consideration for you. Apart from our commitment to comprehensive, holistic, and evidence-based training that prepares you to make a real difference in the lives of new mothers and their babies, we also want to help you build a sustainable income opportunity…

We want to equip you with the tools and knowledge to not only excel in your role but also build a successful business. The demand for lactation consultants is growing, and with ATI’s guidance, you’ll have the skills and confidence to create a thriving practice of your own.

So why wait? Take that first step towards your dream career today. Discover the supportive and engaging atmosphere with us, where your passion for lactation consulting can flourish, and where you can lay the foundation for a successful and rewarding business journey. We’re excited to get started on this incredible adventure with you to helping families thrive through breastfeeding while building a flourishing business.

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