Becoming a Lactation Consultant in Texas – TX
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the growing concerns about the H1N1 flu virus, released in a report on October 8, 2009 that lactation consultants and educators need to actively promote and support breastfeeding during these uncertain times. The health benefits to infants can help to fight infection and illnesses while providing them with important antibodies for immunity.
Texas Lactation Consultant Associations
- The Texas Breastfeeding Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals in Texas who have an interest in the promotion of breastfeeding awareness with the goal to increase the number of breastfed babies in the state of Texas. The coalition focuses on the health aspects of the breastfeeding relationship while lobbying for improved legislation protecting the rights of the breastfeeding family.
- Department of State Health Services - Texas Breastfeeding Promotion is part of the nationwide Healthy People 2010 effort. Acting to improve breastfeeding rates through a high level of promotion and support to the breastfeeding care providers including hospitals, nursing staff, doctors and most importantly lactation consultants.
Department of State Health Services
Texas Breastfeeding Promotion
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756-3199
Fax: (512) 458-7446
- Dallas Area Breastfeeding Alliance's, purpose is to protect and encourage and champion breastfeeding practices in the Dallas area. The organization works to advocate for public policy and legislation within the Dallas area and into the state of Texas as a whole.
- Houston Area Lactation Consultants and Educators Association (HALCEA) is committed to supporting lactation consultants and continuing education organizations in the greater Houston area towards the goal of enhanced professional image and growth.
Houston, Texas 77004
Lactation Consultant Continuing Education Requirements
Continuing education is an important part of staying current on the latest developments specific to lactation consultants. It is also vital to maintaining lactation consultant certification in Texas. New research about the importance and benefits of breastfeeding as well as the nationwide push to increase awareness in the mother-baby breastfeeding relationship has made the continued learning requirements even more important. As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant 75 hours of continuing education must be completed every 5 years in order to maintain certification in good standing.