ProfCert Breastfeeding & Lactation

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 10)

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 2025 for one trimester. Applications will be open in October 2024.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) approved.

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

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.

The evidence of professional affiliation is required. For example: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI); The Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI) ; Medical Council of Ireland; We accept the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Certificate. 

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.

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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’. Three 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.


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.

Student Queries

If you have any queries about your fees, please contact the Student Desk:

Application Fee

Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €60 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

More information about fees is available on the UCD website at the link below:

Documents Required

We accept the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Certificate. You can upload this with your application.

Documents to be submitted with your application

  • Degree transcript (unless ex UCD) or RPL
  • Birth Certificate or copy of the personal page of passport
  • Copy of current Nursing/Midwifery registration PIN/ alternative registration for GP's  
  • Professional Reference Form  (Download Professional Reference Form & then upload completed form to your application)

The following entry routes are available:

Prof Cert Breastfeeding & Lactation (Jan) PT (X946)
6 Months
Part Time

Does this programme have an official conferring ceremony