Pathway 2: Accredited Lactation Academic Programmes

Candidates following Pathway 2 are to complete the following:

  • Within the five years immediately prior to applying for the IBCLC examination, complete a comprehensive academic programme in human lactation and breastfeeding that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or another accrediting body with equivalent accreditation standards for lactation academic programmes. These programmes include at minimum:
    • 90 hours of lactation specific education
    • 300 hours of directly supervised lactation specific clinical practise
      • The IBCLC(s) providing the direct supervision must be currently certified
        IBCLCs in good standing.
  • Adherence to, with attestation, the Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs.

IBLCE does not endorse or recommend any particular academic programme. Currently, the following academic programmes are Pathway 2 programmes that are accredited by CAAHEP or another accrediting body with equivalent accreditation standards for lactation academic programmes.

Each academic programme has unique admission and completion requirements. You must contact these schools directly for more information about their precise requirements.

  • Birthingway College of Midwifery
  • Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
  • Drexel University
  • Portland State University
  • Union Institute and University
  • University of California San Diego Extension