"I am not a Health Professional or Mother Support Counsellor"
IBLCE frequently receives inquiries from people who have met an inspiring lactation consultant, often in relation to their own breastfeeding experience, and now they are interested in becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) themselves. Unfortunately, this is rarely a realistic option.
Passing the IBLCE’s international certification exam is the only way to become an IBCLC. To be accepted as a candidate, applicants must first meet eligibility requirements. These include participation in lactation education as well as achieving the required clinical competencies through extensive clinical experience. Most candidates acquire this experience working as a Health Professional in a hospital or community setting or served for many years as Accredited Mother Support Counsellors. However, personal breastfeeding experience, wonderful as it is, does not meet this requirement.
Most candidates are already qualified and experienced Health Professionals or Breastfeeding Counsellors before they take the next step to become a “Consultant”. IBCLC's are the specialists that mothers (and other Health Professionals) turn to, usually when standard measures have not solved the problem. The skills and knowledge required to pass the exam cannot be solely learnt from books, which is why clinical experience is necessary.
IBLCE’s eligibility requirements are based on data collected over the years that indicate the minimum requirements for a candidate to have a reasonable chance of passing the exam and being capable to enter the profession.
You may want to contact your local breastfeeding support group for more information on their activities. You could also look at the following website's:
The Australian Breastfeeding Association's website is www.breastfeeding.asn.au
La Leche League International website is www.llli.org
- "I would like to sit the Exam to become an IBCLC"
- "I am an IBCLC looking for information on recertification"
- "I let my certification lapse, and I want to become certified again"
- "I am an education provider and I want to apply for CERPs"
- IBLCE Documents, Forms and Applications
- Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC)
- IBCLC Lactation Care Award