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How to become a Lactation Consultant - UPDATED INFO AT TOP

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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.

I would 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

Kellymom Links to becoming an IBCLC



Let me know if you have any questions!!!

~ Cindy

by on May. 29, 2009 at 12:31 AM
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by on Oct. 26, 2011 at 12:44 PM

How much is the exam?  (In the US.)  I can't find that info, why are they so hush-hush about it?

by Gina on Oct. 26, 2011 at 12:49 PM

$490 and up for 2011, depending on when you registered. Expect an increase in 2012.  I would expect no less than $500.

You had to download their PDF.

Exam Fee Schedule

The following table shows the 2011 Exam Fee Schedule for Pathway 2 applicants living in the USA. All fees are in US dollars.

February 28 Postmark Deadline Exam Fee


March 31 Postmark Deadline Exam Fee


April 30 Postmark Deadline Exam Fee


Ineligible Applicants Non-refundable Administrative Fee

$100 will be deducted from the exam fees paid and the remainder will be refunded to the applicant

Incomplete Application Forms Non-refundable Administrative Fee


Declined Credit Cards and Insufficient Funds Checks Service Fee


Duplicate Receipt Service Fee


Ineligibility Appeals Fee


Exam Outcome Appeals Fee


Hand Scoring Fee


by Member on May. 4, 2013 at 8:52 PM
Bump to mark my spot.
by Member on Jan. 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Can you volonteer at your local hospital as a peer counselor if you are not a certified lactation counselor? Our local wic is a union and will not accept volonteer peer counselors :(
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