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What is an IBCLC?
What is an IBCLC?

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is an allied health care professional
who has extensive experience working with breastfeeding women and their babies in normal
and unusual situations.  Lactation consultants work in many settings-hospitals, private
practice, physicians' offices, home care services, health agencies, etc.  They assess the
mother and baby, take a history, observe the mother and baby breastfeeding, write care
plans, report to the mother's and baby's primary care providers, and arrange for follow-up.  
International Board Certified Lactation Consultants pass a rigorous, independent, accredited
certifying examination.  Professional lactation consultants receive payment for their services.
 Many lactation consultants also provide educational programs and updated resources for
heath care professionals.
Becoming an IBCLC

Becoming an IBCLC involves:

  • college course work
  • lactation specific education
  • acquiring real life experience working with mothers and babies

See our Continuing Education in Lactation page for more information on opportunities for
lactation specific education.  Hands on experience can either come through your regular
work or through a structured volunteer program.   For the detailed information on how you
can become an IBCLC, visit the
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners
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