Pathway 1: Recognised Health Professionals and Recognised Breastfeeding Support Counsellors

Candidates following Pathway 1 demonstrate completion of the following requirements:

  • Be educated in one of the clinical healthcare professions on the IBLCE Recognised Health Professions List OR provide evidence from a governmental authority that recognises your profession as a clinical health profession OR complete education 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 examination.
  • 1000 hours of lactation specific clinical practise within 5 years immediately prior to applying for the IBCLC examination. Lactation specific clinical practise is to be obtained in an appropriate supervised setting. The following are tips on how hours meet the requirements:
    • Clinical practise 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
  • Adherence to, with attestation, the Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs.