What’s In A Name

What’s In A Name 2024-03-09T09:49:54-05:00
Title Training Prerequisite Scope of Practice For more information
Professional IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) • 90 hours of lactation-specific education plus level health science courses
• 300-1000 clinical practice hours
• Successful completion of an international exam scored by an independent board plus recertification every 5-10 years
Health professional or successful completion of 14 health science courses Perform comprehensive clinical consultations, assessing for breastfeeding problems. On staff at hospitals, birthing centers, clinics and private practice. Expected to be able to help mothers with a wide variety of breastfeeding challenges. On training and credentialing:

To find an IBCLC:

Certified (Certified Lactation Counselor, Certified Lactation Educator, etc) • 16-45 hours of classroom training
• Successful completion of an exam offered by the training organization
None Qualified to assist with basic breastfeeding challenges. May hold this certification in addition to other healthcare credentials. May refer to other breastfeeding professionals for issues outside scope of practice. On CLC:


Peer (Mother-to-Mother Peer Counselor, La Leche League Leader, Breastfeeding USA Counselor) • Approximately 18-50 hours of training
• May be self-directed and take 6-12 months
Personal breastfeeding experience of at least 6-12 months, depending on the organization Provide information, encouragement and support to mothers. May refer to other breastfeeding professionals for issues outside scope of practice. On WIC Peer Counselors: La Leche League:

On Breastfeeding USA:

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