Pathway 1: Recognised Health Professionals & Recognised Breastfeeding Support Counsellors

Candidates following Pathway 1 demonstrate completion of the following requirements:

  • Be an IBLCE Recognised Healthcare Professional OR complete coursework in each of the 14 health science subjects.
  • 90 hours of lactation specific education completed within 5 years immediately prior to applying for the IBCLC exam.
  • 1000 hours of lactation specific clinical practice within 5 years immediately prior to applying for the IBCLC exam. Lactation specific clinical practice is to be obtained within your scope of practice in an appropriate supervised setting. The following are tips on how hours meet the requirements:
    • Clinical practice is to be obtained in an appropriate supervised setting, to include the following:
      • Hospital
      • Birth Centre
      • Community Clinic
      • Lactation Care Clinic/Practice
      • Primary Care Practitioner’s Practice/Office
      • If you are a licensed health care professional and are able to work independently within your scope of practice, then lactation and breastfeeding care outside of these settings meets the requirements.
    • If you are paid or a volunteer for a specific organisation that is listed on  IBLCE’s Recognised Breastfeeding Support Counsellor Organisation list, then you may earn clinical hours in the following way:
      • If you primarily provide in person group or individual breastfeeding support, then you can earn a flat rate of 500 hours per full year of service or count hours on an hour-for-hour basis if it is over this amount or your term of service is less than one year when applying to the IBCLC exam.
      • If you primarily provide telephone, email, or web based breastfeeding support, then you can earn a flat rate of 250 hours per full year of service or count hours on an hour-for-hour basis if it is over this amount or your term of service is less than one year when applying to the IBCLC exam.
      • View the FAQs section for further details in calculating these hours.

 

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