Professional Certificate in Breastfeeding and Lactation

The purpose of the module is to develop and advance the healthcare professionals breastfeeding and lactation knowledge and skills. It provides a preparation programme for participants with the required clinical lactation experience wishing to sit the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant examination (IBCLC) This programme will commence in January 2023 for one trimester. 
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) approved.

Who is the programme for

The programme if offered to Midwives, Nurses, Public Health Nurses, Practice Nurses, GP’s, Dietitians and Allied Healthcare Professionals interested in advancing their professional knowledge and skills to promote, support and protect breastfeeding.  

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

·         Interpret the Science of breastfeeding and its role in maternal and infant health.

·         Critically discuss the psychological, social and cultural factors that influence breastfeeding practices

·         Differentiate and provide management strategies to breastfeeding challenges

·         Describe how drugs are absorbed, distributed, metabolized and excreted in relation to the lactating woman

·         Critically discuss the Baby Friendly Health Initiative nationally and internationally

·         Outline the ethical and legal issues relevant to the breastfeeding dyad.


Teaching Methods

The programme is delivered in a blended learning format, ensuring flexibility and responsiveness. On-line learning is facilitated through the UCD virtual learning platform ‘Brightspace’. Two workshop days are run in UCD, one at the beginning and one towards the end of the programme, where the subject matter experts meet the students. Learners will be challenged to apply their learning in practice. 

The programme is part time, from January to May.

How will I benefit

On successful completion of the Independent part time programme,you will receive a Professional Certificate in Breastfeeding and Lactation, Level 9, with 10 ECTS. 

The programme can also be taken as part of the MSc Midwifery Practice or Advance Midwifery Practice.




In class presentation


Programme Structure

The programme consists of one 10 credit module 


How to Apply & Supporting Documents

The programme will commence in January 2023, applications are now open. Deadline 16th December 2022.

Applications are made online through UCD Applications, click here, then put in the X946 into the box to bring up the programme

**Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.


Documents to be submitted with your application

  • Degree transcript (unless ex UCD) or RPL
  • Birth Cert or copy of personal page of passport
  • Copy of current Nursing/Midwifery registration PIN/ alternative registration for GP's  
  • Professional Reference Form  (Download here & then upload completed form to your application)
  • Declaration Form (Download here & then upload completed form to your application - this form can be signed by the Director of Nursing /Midwifery or Senior Healthcare Manager.
Fees & Funding

EU Fees:  €1,575

See link to the cost of the programme here please type in X946 into the box to get the fee.

For Non-EU fee click here

If the fees for your programme are being paid by a third party (full or partial), please ensure your funding organisation/sponsor/hospital contacts Please note this is not a student facing email address.