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Posted by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 2:12 AM
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lactation consultant. 

I have been mulling this over in my mind, and I really want to do it. I have learned so much about breast feeding and I want to continue learning so I can share with other women. I am 24, and I think a lot of women my age are scared or ashamed to breast feed. Or they have a lot of wrong information about it. Does anyone know what you have to do to become a consultant? What kind of schooling is needed? I am really interested.


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geronima2003
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 2:15 AM
Bump! I'm 25 & have been thinking about it too! I had so muCh misleading & wrong information when I started.
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AJ072506
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 3:22 AM

There's several options on how to become a LC. You can read all about it at http://www.iblce.org/.

BoosMommy12
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:25 AM

here is where I am thinking of signing up http://www.leron-line.com/LC_Training_online/Lactation_Consultant_Training_online.htm this gives you everything you need to take the exam. its mostly online

The Lactation Consultant
Training Program - Enriched

90 CERPs and Nursing Contact Hours
      Minimum requirement for the IBLCE 2012 Exam

This course will prepare you to take the IBLCE certification exam. Students who pass this course will be granted the Certified Breastfeeding Specialist credential.

Course Content

  • 35 video instruction classes covering all topics on the IBLCE Exam Blueprint

  • Worksheets to enhance learning

  • Clinical Practice interviews with working professionals

  • Clinical Skills Workshop and Case Studies

  • Practice test for the IBLCE exam


Who Should Take This Course

Students wanting preparation to sit for the IBLCE Certification Exam

Lactation Consultant
Training
Course
Enriched

$795

mama02040608
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:22 AM
This is what I'm thinking of using and it was recommended by one of the IBCLCs at work.

Quoting BoosMommy12:

here is where I am thinking of signing up http://www.leron-line.com/LC_Training_online/Lactation_Consultant_Training_online.htm this gives you everything you need to take the exam. its mostly online



The Lactation Consultant
Training Program - Enriched

90 CERPs and Nursing Contact Hours
      Minimum requirement for the IBLCE 2012 Exam


This course will prepare you to take the IBLCE certification exam. Students who pass this course will be granted the Certified Breastfeeding Specialist credential.


Course Content




  • 35 video instruction classes covering all topics on the IBLCE Exam Blueprint



  • Worksheets to enhance learning



  • Clinical Practice interviews with working professionals



  • Clinical Skills Workshop and Case Studies



  • Practice test for the IBLCE exam



Who Should Take This Course


Students wanting preparation to sit for the IBLCE Certification Exam



Lactation Consultant
Training
Course
Enriched


$795

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BoosMommy12
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:13 PM

this is the email they sent me

Our 90 hour Enriched Course will meet the "lactation specific" training needed to qualify for the IBLCE certification exam.  However, there are other pieces that are required depending on which pathway you select.  And which pathway is best for you depends on your previous education and experience.

See the links and YouTube videos below for full details.

Best wishes on this journey!  Vergie

 


Congratulations on choosing a career in lactation consulting.  I think that you will find that it is a very rewarding field!

If you need information about pathways for eligibility for the certification exam, You may find answers to many of your questions on our web page "Where to Start"  http://www.leron-line.com/Where_To_Start.htm.  Or read our blog on "How to Become a Lactation Consultant at http://leron-line.com/blog1/2010/06/02/hello-world/
Or view our  YouTube video   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GxUh0KDiU0

Your best source for information on becoming certified is the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). Their web site is http://americas.iblce.org/home.php.  There you will find the 3 pathways to becoming a lactation consultant and other details.

Basically the three pathways are

1.   Health Care Professionals working in Maternal-Child Health
View our YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN8cRpURZKo
      RNs, RDs, MDs, physical therapists, etc.
      Complete a structured Lactation Consultant Training Course of minimum 90 hours
      1000 hours of clinical experience
      Education in biology, anatomy & physiology, nutrition, counseling or psychology, infant & child growth and development, Introduction to research, and sociology or cultural sensitivity  (probably covered in your previous education)
    If you are a health care professional and are not sure if your experience will meet the IBLCE requirement, try mapping out your experience on this form. http://www.americas.iblce.org/upload/LactationSpecificClinicalPracticeRecord_Janary2011.pdf.  If you are still unsure, call the IBLCE office for guidance.  703-560-7330.

2.   College level academic program (located in midwest)
      Education in anatomy & physiology, nutrition, counseling or psychology, infant & child growth and development, medical terminology, and sociology or cultural sensitivity  (probably covered in this education)

3.   No previous education or experience required
View our YouTube video  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KYHil9ZTqc
    Complete a structured Lactation Consultant Training Course of 90 hours.
          500 hours of supervised clinical experience in a formal internship program

    Education from a college or university in biology, anatomy & physiology, nutrition, counseling or psychology, infant & child growth and development, introduction to research, and sociology or cultural sensitivity are required.

    This program will qualify students for a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist credential upon completion.  This certification can be used until you qualify to sit for the IBLCE exam.

We offer a comprehensive 90 hour Lactation Consultant Training course that prepares students to sit for the IBCLE certification exam.  It is on-line by watching a series of video lectures in the webcast format.  No special software is needed, just your computer.  Complete the 2 hours session as you have the time.  For more information or to register for this go to: http://www.leron-line.com/LC_Training_online/Lactation_Consultant_Training_online.htm

To obtain the clinical experience for pathway 3, we offer a supervised internship in a local Washington DC and Baltimore MD hospital.  Of if you know of a Lactation Consultant in your area (certified for more than 5 years) who is willing to supervise an internship with you, set up an internship with her.  To get more details on our program, go to: http://www.leron-line.com/Internship.htm.   To obtain an application for the 2013 Pathway 3 Plan, go to http://americas.iblce.org/clinical-practice-in-lactation-care.  Click on "Clinical Practice in Lactation Care.  The application is about 1/2 way down the page, click on Pathway 3 Guide.  View a video on internships  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KYHil9ZTqc

The certification exam is given on the last Monday in July annually.  So the next exam will be July 2012, and applications are taken by the IBLCE from January to the end of April.

In the meantime, you can check out our newsletter at http://www.leron-line.com/Newsletters_Archive.htm

Vergie

Vergie Hughes RN MS IBCLC FILCA
Program Director
Lactation Education Resources
703.868.1849
http://www.leron-line.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GxUh0KDiU0&feature=player_embedded

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN8cRpURZKo&feature=player_embedded

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KYHil9ZTqc&feature=player_embedded

BoosMommy12
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:14 PM

I'm doing the pathway 3. where u dont need any previous education or experience and u will need to do 500 hours of working with a lactation consultant

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