Lactation Specific Clinical Experience

Provide in-person consultations, telephone consultations, or online breastfeeding and lactation care that supports breastfeeding families, including lactation assistance to pregnant and breastfeeding clients and lactation education to families and/or professionals. These hours are to be obtained within the 5 years immediately prior to applying for the exam.

There are three Pathways to obtaining lactation specific clinical hours:

  • Pathway 3: Mentorship with an IBCLC
    500 hours of directly supervised lactation specific clinical practise obtained under the direct supervision of an IBCLC(s). Candidates MUST have these plans verified (includes an application fee) by IBLCE prior to earning the clinical hours.

NOTE: Actual practise and provision of lactation and breastfeeding care is required. Observation or shadowing of lactation practitioners doesn’t count as lactation specific clinical experience hours.

 

Ready to learn more about each pathway? Explore the details of Pathway 1, 2, and 3 below!

 

 

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