Specialist Training Course in Lactation Consulting The Specialist Training Course in Lactation Consulting is run by the Institute of Mental Health at Semmelweis University in cooperation with the Hungarian Association for Breastfeeding. The length of the course is two semesters (60 credit points); the language of instruction is Hungarian.

The course provides specialist training to doctors working in child healthcare, health visitors, midwives, childcare nurses and helping professionals enabling them to tackle problems with lactation and breastfeeding at a professional level and preparing them for a successful IBCLC (International BoardCertified Lactation Consultant) exam. The prerequisite for obtaining the Lactation Consultant certificate issued by SemmelweisUniversity is to fulfil all the requirements specified in the establishing documents of the course. These requirements include the successful completion of the IBCLC exam organized by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), since the course prepares students for both graduation in Lactation Consulting and the international IBCLC exam. The Hungarian qualification is only awarded alongside the international one. The training course is aimed at helping professionals with a BA or MA, who also meet the eligibility criteria for IBCLC exam candidates. (Current requirements of application to the IBCLC exam can be found at www.ibclc.hu and www.iblce.org. The hours of special education, listed among the prerequisites, can be obtained through the Specialist Training Course in Lactation Consulting, run by Semmelweis University.) Prospective students need to have gained a high level of experience in modern approaches of lactation counselling prior to their application to the course. This experience is essential for success at the exams and comprehensive exams administered each semester as well as for the completion of the international exam. On the completion of the course, helping professionals will be eligible to work as lactation consultants in institutions where such a role or position is needed, and they will possess the competence to effectively support breastfeeding women in any of the fields where mothers or children are encountered.

For further information contact:

Renáta WIRTHNÉ UNGVÁRY (ungvary.renata@public.semmelweis-univ.hu