What is an IBCLC?

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a specially trained professional dedicated to helping families achieve their goals for breastfeeding. 

To earn this qualification, candidates must complete the International Board Certification process:

  • accrue 95 hours of lactation specific education
  • validate 300-1,000 hours of mentored clinical experience
  • complete 14 health sciences tertiary courses
  • pass an intense, proctored exam
  • adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs

Every 5 years, to recertify, IBCLCs have to demonstrate that we're keeping our knowledge and skills up to a high standard, via continuing education and clinical hours.

That means lactation consultants are uniquely qualified to help with a wide range of issues that parents encounter while feeding and caring for a baby.

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IBCLCs are the gold standard in lactation care

IBCLCs are internationally recognised as lactation experts. Making the early days, weeks, and months easier, healthier, and happier for countless families around the world. There are more than 37,000 IBCLCs worldwide—nearly 300 here in New Zealand.

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