How to become a Lactation Consultant - UPDATED INFO AT TOP
New requirements for 2012 are here:
Thanks to Cindy for providing this info.
I'm currently working on becoming an IBCLC. I was a BF peer counselor at two local hospitals, I worked directly with IBCLC. I was hired by WIC but I was different then every other PC WIC employs because they normally work in the community and clinics. I worked for 2.5yrs and during this time I occurred over 500hrs. You need to work directly under supervision of an LC for the breastfeeding counseling hours to count.
In fall I'm taking a the Human Lactation course by Jan Rouridan via distance learning through Wichita State Univ. It accounts for 45 lactation education hours, 60 if you write a paper.
Im starting a breastfeeding peer counselor support group which I'm intending to become a LLL mtg. I need to send off my application and request for membership to LLL to start the accreditation process. Each year you are a LLL Leader accounts towards 500hrs of breastfeeding counseling, you can use only 2yrs. However it should be noted it is highly frowned upon to use LLL as a means to become an IBCLC.
With that said that is not why I'm becoming a leader. I've been wanting to be a leader for about 3yrs now and we have NOOOOO LLL groups in my entire state, we are in dire need of one.
Also there are a few college courses that are recommended you take; A&P, sociology, psych, child development, nutrition and medical terminology.
The IBCLC is offered once a year at major cities, it may vary on the month depending on the city or it may be just once a year in July.
recommend checking into becoming a WIC PC, if you do become one you
must work with an IBCLC that has recert. within 5yrs. Most WIC PC
coordinators are LC's, if not they should be. You could volunteer as a
BF PC at a local hospital, the LC's could groom you if they are willing
to. You could also become a LLL Leader.
Below are some links for more information on becoming an LC.
Approved and Accredited Courses
Becoming a Lactation Consultant
I HOPE THAT HELPS!
Let me know if you have any questions!!!