What is a Lactation Consultant?

A lactation consultant is someone with many years of practical experience as a breastfeeding consultant and- has passed the International Board of Lactation Consultants Examiners exam and can put the initials I.B.C.L.C. (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) after their name.

How Do I Become a Lactation Consultant?

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners website provides information on preparing for IBCLC Certification . The IBLCE Detailed Content Outline lists the areas you should be knowledgeable in:

  1. Become very knowledgeable about the latest information on breastfeeding.
  2. Take a course on breastfeeding.
  3. Get practical experience working as a breastfeeding counselor.
  4. Join the International Lactation Consultant’s Association
  5. Join LactNet
  6. Improve your knowledge, skills, and contacts by going to breastfeeding conferences.
  7. Take the Lactation Consultant exam once you have met the requirements.

Local Educational Opportunities for Lactation Professionals

Statewide Educational Opportunities

TDSHS Principles of Lactation Management

Participants will be able to counsel families about the benefits of breastfeeding, assist the mother in managing common breastfeeding problems, make appropriate referrals, teach breastfeeding classes, prepare breastfeeding materials, and support breastfeeding through breastfeeding friendly policies and procedures.

Location and dates can be found at Texas Ten Step.

TDSHS Lactation Counseling and Problem Solving

This course is designed for health professionals who counsel breastfeeding mothers, and would like to improve problem-solving skills. The emphasis is in critical thinking and the helping process. It is an intermediate level course and is activity oriented. Course content is reviewed on a regular basis by the authors in accordance with the Standards of Practice set forth by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).

Location and dates can be found at Texas Ten Step.

TDSHS Clinical Lactation Practicum

The Clinical Lactation Practicum (CLP) is a training opportunity focused on increasing the health care professional’s knowledge base for identifying a lactation problem and implementing a scientific research-based intervention. The CLP provides an opportunity for direct observation, instruction, and hands-on demonstration of breastfeeding support and counseling. Students participate one-to-one with lactation consultation performed by an experienced board-certified lactation consultant.

More information can be found at Department of State Health Services.

National and International Opportunities

Visit International Lactation Consultant Association for more information on Conferences.

Visit LactSpeak for upcoming conferences featuring LactSpeakers.

Visit GOLD Lactation for more information on Breastfeeding Conferences.

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