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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