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To become an IBCLC there are 3 PATHWAYS. All 3 PATHWAYS require 14 college levels classes, 95 hours of lactation specific education and clinical contact hours. Once those pieces are complete, you take an international exam.
So, there are 3 levels of lactation professionals then the highest clinical credential is IBCLC. All levels matter. To meet the qualifications to become an IBCLC, there are 3 PATHWAYS. You must pick one based upon your education and employment background then you can sit the international exam.
Each of the pathways require 14 college-level courses in health sciences;
95 classroom hours of lactation then contact hours.
Once all that is complete, you can sit the exam.
First go to www.iblce.org. https://iblce.org/step-1-prepare-for-ibclc-certification/ and
This website breaks down the pathway information well and has internship options and lists. Check out this webpage too and scroll down. https://www.lactationtraining.com/lc-training/certification/pathways
Pathway 1: This is if you are an RN or CNM that already works with breastfeeding dyads.
The full list:
Pathway 2 is the college class route, a few colleges offer this program and clinical hours are part of it.
Locally, Drexel has a program. https://drexel.edu/medicine/academics/graduate-school/human-lactation-consultant-certification/
Finding a 500 hour clinical internship for Pathway 3 is a great option, but consider all pathways and the options first. Finding a local IBCLC as a mentor can help you.
There are many websites that offer online courses in the health sciences. Study.com; sophia.org; saylor.org; lactationtraining.com.
A facebook page exists called Becoming an IBCLC and Beyond and could be helpful and I also encourage you to connect with the local IBCLC groups and reach out to see who can help you with mentorship locally or help with clinical hours.
Last option, just google lactation consultants in your area and connect with a local IBCLC group or practicing IBCLCs to see if you can find mentors or internships in your area.
When the Affordable Care act rolled out, lactation support and supplies are now considered elements of Preventative Care. Birthing people today can receive an electric breast pump with an OBGYN script for Diagnosis code Z39.1 Encounter with Lactating Person and E0603 Electric Breast Pump.
I have a series of webinars AND a Crash Course for Insurance billing co-authored with Annie Frisbee, IBCLC. Use this link to check it all out:
Want a little more information about the topic, go to my business site: www.peacelovebreastfeeding.com
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