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Clinical Lactation Practicum

Course Objective: Learn and improve hands-on techniques used in consultations with breastfeeding mothers through observation of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and application of skills learned.

The Clinical Lactation Practicum (CLP) focuses on increasing the health care professional’s knowledge of lactation problems and methods of intervention. The CLP provides an opportunity for direct observation, instruction, and hands-on demonstration of breastfeeding support and counseling. Students shadow hospital- and clinic-based experienced IBCLCs.

The Clinical Lactation Practicum is a very competitive program. Participation is limited to 2-3 students per location and date. There are specific dates for degreed and non-degreed students. Degreed professionals include degreed, licensed, and board certified professionals such as physicians, nurses, dietitians, nutritionists, and IBCLCs. Degrees should be in the health care or medical field. Non-degreed para-professionals include Peer Counselors, La Leche League Leaders, WIC Certifying Specialists, etc. Therefore, enrollment dates and availability is limited.

This is a 2-day course with a registration fee of $60. The first day will be observation at a hospital. The second day is at the Lactation Support Center, observing and practicing hands-on assistance with clients.

DSHS will email you to confirm your registration. If you are not currently employed by a Texas WIC agency, students will need to provide proof of immunizations and TB test. Individual Lactation Service Centers will handle site specific information.


  • Students must successfully complete Principles of Lactation Management (POLM) and Lactation Counseling and Problem Solving (LCAPS) trainings no more than 5 years prior to attending the CLP.
  • IBCLCs interested in attending a CLP rotation are exempt from these training pre-requisite courses. 

Non-Texas WIC students must provide proof of current immunizations and may be required to complete patient safety modules in advance to comply with the hosting hospital’s policy regarding patient safety and liability.

Registration deadline: Six (6) weeks prior to the class date. Registrations received after the required deadline will be referred to the LSC Director for determination. Acceptance to the chosen class is not guaranteed. Feel free to Contact us for availability prior to submitting your registration. Dates are subject to change.

Registration fee: Fee to attend is $60 and is due prior to the start of class. Non-Texas WIC registrants are requested to send the fee within 72 hours of receiving your confirmation notice from the State Office. Texas WIC staff may attend while payment is in process. Registration fees should be in the form of a check, money order, or cashier's check. Payment should be sent only after receiving your confirmation notice that you are enrolled in the class. Snacks and lunch are on your own. Lunch and snacks are on your own.

Cancellation/No Show:  If you fail to show up for your scheduled class, you will still be held responsible for the registration fee. If you are unable to attend, it is IMPERATIVE that you notify the State Office or the Lactation Service Center (LSC) directly. No shows will forfeit the opportunity to re-register for a period of not less than one year. 

CLP Locations


Mom’s Place
8701-B Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78758
map to Mom's Place


Lactation Care Center
2600 North Stemmons Freeway
Suite 188
Dallas, TX 75207
map to Lactation Care Center


Lactation Foundation
2636 South Loop West, #135
Houston, TX 77054
map to Lactation Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Do I have to be a WIC peer counselor to attend the CLP?

    No. Anyone working directly with breastfeeding moms is encouraged to attend the CLP – especially anyone interested in sitting for the IBLCE exam.
  2. What if I haven’t attended POLM/LCAPS, can I still register for the CLP?

    Yes, as long as both trainings have been attended prior to a CLP rotation. You will need to select dates after the trainings. For example, if you have registered for POLM and LCAPS in March/April you must select preference dates any time after April.


CLP Dates for Degreed/Licensed/Board Certified Professionals

Student participation is limited to Degreed/Licensed/Board Certified Professionals with a medical healthcare background such as RNs, LVNs, RDs, LDs, IBCLCs, and Nutritionists.

CLP Dates for Degreed/Licensed/Board Certified Professionals
Austin Dallas Houston
August 31-September 1, 2016
September 28-29, 2016
November 16-17, 2016
January 18-19, 2017
March 29-30, 2017
May 3-4, 2017
May 24-25, 2017
August 2-3, 2017
September 20-21, 2017
August 23-24, 2016
September 27-28, 2016
November 8-9, 2016
January 10-11, 2017
March 14-15, 2017
May 16-17, 2017
August 22-23, 2017
September 19-20, 2017
November 14-15, 2017

September 14-15, 2016
September 21-22, 2016
November 9-10, 2016
November 16-17, 2016
December 14-15, 2016
January 11-12, 2017
January 25-26, 2017
March 29-30, 2017
May 10-11, 2017
May 17-18, 2017
July 12-13, 2017
September 13-14, 2017
September 27-28, 2017

Register for a CLP class.


CLP Dates for non-Degreed/Licensed Para-Professionals

Student participation is limited to non-Degreed/Licensed Para-Professionals such as Peer Counselors, WIC Certifying Specialists, etc.

CLP Dates for non-Degreed/Licensed Para-Professionals
Austin Dallas Houston
October 19-20, 2016
February 1-2, 2017
February 22-23, 2017
April 19-20, 2017
June 7-8, 2017
June 21-22, 2017
August 23-24, 2017

October 11-12, 2016
February 21-22, 2017
April 18-19, 2017
June 20-21, 2017
October 24-25, 2017

August 17-18, 2016
February 8-9, 2017
February 22-23, 2017
April 4-5, 2017
April 19-20, 2017
August 9-20, 2017
August 30-31, 2017

Register for a CLP class.


Continuing Education Credit

You must attend the entire course in order to receive continuing education contact hours. No partial credit will be given. Individuals missing sessions or leaving early will not be eligible for contact hours or a certificate of attendance.

13.0 L‐CERPs and 1.0 R-CERP allocated by IBLCE. 14 instructional hours in topics on the IBLCE Exam Blueprint. IBLCE Provider Approval Number CLT113-15.  



If you have any questions, please contact Linda Zeccola at 512-341-4591.



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Last updated July 14, 2016