Lactation Clinical Internships are continuing education programs offered through Carolinas Medical Center - NorthEast Women's and Children's Services, in collaboration with Cabarrus College.

Purpose
Lactation Clinical Internships are designed to provide a formalized, structured program of mentored experiences in clinical lactation management and breastfeeding support. This is an intensive individualized experience-based program that can be tailored to a participant's learning needs.

Participants are paired with mentors who are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants with at least 5 years of experience in a variety of clinical areas, and who have been recertified at least once.

Target Audience
This program is for individuals who are preparing for a job that includes providing clinical lactation management and breastfeeding support, or for individuals who want to improve their clinical lactation knowledge and skills. There are three courses:

  • Lactation 103 and 201 - specifically designed for people who are preparing for certification as a lactation consultant through the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).
  • Lactation 302 - designed for health care providers who wish to enhance their clinical lactation skills within their current health care qualification.

Timeline
The program length varies, depending on the individual participant's needs and which course is selected. Lactation Clinical Internships can be anywhere from 100 to 1,000 hours in length, and may be completed over several weeks, or may extend over 1-2 years. For someone who is preparing for lactation consultant certification, and who has already completed a comprehensive lactation management didactic course, at least one year should be allowed for a full clinical internship before the annual July IBLCE exam.

Resources
More information about qualifying for the IBLCE exam may be found here.
Review more information about the process of International Board Certification in Lactation Consultation.

Download the Application to apply.

Internship Contact:
Phyllis Kombol
MSN, RNC, IBCLC, RLC
Lactation Clinical Internship
Chief Mentor
704-403-1186

Registration Contact:
Dawn Barbee
704-403-2216

 

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