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Clinical Lactation Practicum


The Clinical Lactation Practicum (CLP) is a training opportunity focused on increasing the health care professional’s knowledge base for identifying a lactation problem and implementing a scientific research-based intervention. The CLP provides an opportunity for direct observation, instruction, and hands-on demonstration of breastfeeding support and counseling. Students participate one-to-one with lactation consultation performed by an experienced board-certified lactation consultant.

CLP prerequisite:

  • 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. 

The Clinical Lactation Practicum is a very competitive program. Therefore, enrollment dates and availability may be limited. Requests for specific attendance dates will be honored as best as possible; however, students will be grouped according to education or job titles. An email confirmation will be sent to confirm your registration. Site specific information will be sent by staff at each Lactation Support Center.

Non-WIC students must provide proof of current immunizations and a criminal background report 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.

Cancellation/No Show:  If you are unable to attend, it is IMPERATIVE that you notify the State Office or the Lactation Service Center (LSC) directly. There have been several students not show up for this amazing and FREE educational opportunity. This not only affects the LSC but also the Milk Bank and Hospitals who have graciously allowed us into their facilities. It is unprofessional and disrespectful to say the least and may impact our working relationships with those agencies. If you do not cancel in advance, this will affect your ability to register for this class in the future.

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 rotation dates after the trainings. For example, if you have registered for POLM and LCAPS in March/April you must select rotation preference dates any time after April.


3. Are the CLP rotations for WIC staff only?

No. CLP students will be grouped according to education or job titles so it may be necessary to choose an alternate date. 

Non-Texas WIC students may be required to complete various modules per hosting hospital’s policy on patient safely and liability prior to attending as well as submitting proof of immunizations (Tdap, Influenza, MMR, TB test, etc.), a background check, and letters of reference. 


4. Is there a fee to attend the Practicum?
No. Currently the class is free to attend. You will be responsible for any costs incurred for travel, meals, lodging, and/or parking.

CLP Dates for Degreed/Licensed/Board Certified Professionals

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

CLP Dates for Degreed/Licensed/Board Certified Professionals
Austin Dallas Houston
February 4-6, 2015
March 25-27, 2015
April 29-May 1, 2015
May 20-22, 2015
July 15-17, 2015
July 29-31, 2015 
 January 27-29, 2015
March 24-26, 2015
May 19-21, 2015
September 29-October 1, 2015
Dates to be announced

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
February 18-20, 2015
April 15-17, 2015
June 3-5, 2015
June 17-19, 2015
August 19-21, 2015 
 February 10-12, 2015
April 21-23, 2015
June 16-18, 2015
August 25-27, 2015
Dates to be announced

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.

18.25 L‐CERPs allocated by IBLCE. 18.25 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 January 22, 2015