Do you want to make a positive impact on the lives of those around you? Do you love working with mothers and babies? Do you want to get babes (and Moms!) on the best start for a healthy life? Then becoming an IBCLC may be for you!
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) is a healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE®), independently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).
An IBCLC works in a wide variety of settings which may include an inpatient setting, outpatient clinics, or out in the community, through proper breastfeeding management and support, but others choose to use their IBCLC certification in a variety of other ways including leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research in the lactation field.
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners has 3 pathways to qualify for their exam. Each pathway has three requirements:
- General College Education Courses
- 90 hours of Lactation Specific Education and
- 300-1,000 Lactation Specific Clinical Experience Hours (required hours vary by Pathway)
Visit the IBLCE website to review the pathways and decide which one fits your background the best.
Below is a brief overview of the three different options: