I'm interested in becoming a Lactation Consultant - where do I start?
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) is the ONLY certifying body which is able to award this credential. Please visit their website to learn more about the requirements to sit the Board Exam.
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a specialist in the field of lactation. To attain this credential you will be required to have extensive practical experience in assisting mothers and babies with breastfeeding. Usually it takes several years working with breastfeeding couples to accumulate the required experience. During this time you will also be required to complete a course of study on breastfeeding and lactation. The IBLCE does NOT endorse any one particular course of study.
Our BreastEd Series meets and exceeds the minimum Board requirements for your studies in lactation. This series of 10 courses has received AARC-approval indicating it meets a high standard of educational preparation suitable for the future IBCLC.
When you have achieved the experience and knowledge required you may apply to IBLCE to sit the Exam. The Exam is offered once a year, usually on the last Monday of July. It is sat around the World at many, many exam sites on this day. If you contact your regional office of IBLCE they will tell you where your nearest exam site will be.
The Lactation Practice Exam will give you tips about the Exam and answering multiple-choice questions, before you practice on 200 multiple-choice questions based on the Exam Blueprint from IBLCE.
Before deciding if this is the career path you would like to take, please read this IBLCE article which explains what an IBCLC is and does. I'd also encourage you to read the sections linked from that page to the Code of Ethics and Competency Standards for IBCLCs.
If this is for you, then I welcome you to a wonderful and personally rewarding career.