What does it take to be a Lactation Consultant?
|Marie Davis RN IBCLC||
There are many educational pathways
First and foremost it takes a genuine interest in helping mothers and babies, and the desire to promote, protect and support breastfeeding.
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc. (IBLCE)
IBCLC's adhere to a Code of Ethics and work within professional Standards of Practice. They are required to keep their knowledge and skills current, and must re-certify every 5 years through continuing education or re-examination. Lactation consultants with IBCLC have the one credential that is recognized by all national and international lactation consultant professional associations.
Who Is Eligible To Take The IBCLE Examination?
Do I have to a La Leche League Leader first?
No. The La Lache League and the IBCLC are separate entities
Do I have to be a nurse or doctor first?
No. What is needed is "extensive knowledge, skills, and practical experience assisting mothers with breastfeeding." Such an extensive knowledge base cannot develop from nursing your own baby. Formal education and training that covers a wide range of topics and skills is an absolute necessity.
Clinical Competencies for the lactation consultant can be found on the IBLCE web site. They include the following areas : anatomy and physiology, sociology, psychology, counseling, communication skills, child development, nutrition and medical terminology.
Want to get started?
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), 7309 Arlington Blvd. Suite 300, Falls Church, VA 22042 info @IBLCE.org
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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 5:16 PM