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What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)?

An IBCLC is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. IBCLCs are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies. IBCLCs work in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice.

This definition is adopted from the International Lactation Consultant Association website.


What are some pathways to becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant - IBCLC?

As an international leader in providing guidelines for breastfeeding and mother-to-mother support, La Leche League International has made a commitment to facilitating the development of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). The IBLCE has developed the internationally recognized certification standard, and awards credentials to individuals who demonstrate competence in providing breastfeeding assistance to mothers and children worldwide.

The most current information on pathways to becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) can be found at www.iblce.org.

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