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An experienced member of a health care team who has acquired specialist skill in the area of breastfeeding and lactation.


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Lactation Consultants are professional breastfeeding specialists trained to teach mothers how to feed their baby. They help women experiencing breastfeeding problems, such as latching difficulties, painful nursing, and low milk production. A lactation consultant also helps babies who aren't gaining enough weight.

Lactation Consultants work in private practice or in designated positions, though many use their skills in their roles as midwives, medical practitioners, child health nurses and nutritionists. 

This is a rewarding profession, but it can be difficult to earn the required certification unless you are already a health care professional in a field related to maternal child nursing.

IBLCE stands for International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners - the organisation that administers the international certification programme for Lactation Consultants. Almost all IBCLCs are women, and the majority of them are also fully qualified nurses.

 


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To qualify as a Lactation Consultant you will be required to achieve a passing grade on the IBLCE examination.

There are a 3 pathways to becoming an accredited LC, depending on your educational background. 

1. Recognised Health professionals and recognised mother support counsellors can undertake further specialised training

2. Candidates that do not hold a recognised Health professional qualification and are not recognised mother support counsellors can complete 14 Health Sciences Foundation Courses togtetehr with lacation specific education and clinical practice

3. A Mentorship option

Full details are available from ALC Ireland

IBCLC is a standalone qualification (i.e. you do not need pre-existing qualification to become an IBCLC) but you do need to meet the criteria in one of the pathways to be eligible to sit the exam.IBLCE stands for International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, the organisation that administers the international certification programme. IBLCE’s primary purpose is to certify individuals who provide quality care to babies and mothers worldwide.

IBCLCs adhere to a Code of Ethics and work within professional Standards of Practice. They are required to keep their knowledge and skills current, and must recertify every 5 years through continuing education or re-examination to remain registered.

For further information on the IBCLC credential or certification exam, visit: www.iblce-europe.org

Last Updated: July, 2015


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