Sooo incase anyone's interested (lol) I found this in the depths of the IBCLC website. The underlined text was particularly helpful. Again any additional info or comments are welcome.
Education in Human Lactation and Breastfeeding I need to sign up for a course in human lactation and breastfeeding. Which course do you recommend?
IBLCE does not endorse any particular course. There are many good programs available. You many want to consider enrolling in a course that is approved by the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC). A directory of approved courses can be found on the LEAARC website
. Do I need to complete the education in human lactation and breastfeeding before I submit my application for the exam?
You may apply before completing the lactation specific education; however, before applying, you must sign a Memorandum of Understanding. Please see the Sample Memorandum of Understanding
for details. Does the required lactation specific education need to be approved for CERPs?
CERPs are not required; however, candidates may use courses that have been approved for CERPs. Keep in mind that CERP-approved education is designed for individuals who are already certified as IBCLCs and, therefore, may be at a more advanced level than needed by student lactation consultants. IBLCE maintains a directory of providers
who offer CERP approved education. May I use breastfeeding courses and training provided by my employer to meet the lactation specific education requirements?
Yes, so long as they are specifically about human lactation and breastfeeding. You must have a certificate of completion for the education and you should retain a copy of the program description. When evaluating your education, be sure to check the content of the education against the IBLCE Exam Blueprint. You should have education that covers all the topics listed on the IBLCE Exam Blueprint. May my self-study hours count toward the lactation specific education requirement?
No. Self-study may not be counted toward meeting the required lactation specific education. However, self-study is very important. Be sure to set aside time for additional time studying the various topics covered in the courses you take. I took a course in breastfeeding two years ago and have been working with breastfeeding families through my job in a local clinic. In addition, I am using several books to study for the exam. Is this enough to be successful in passing the exam?
Making a prediction about your success on the exam is not possible. However, data from over 25 years of exam administration show a positive correlation between the amount of education candidates have and their success on the exam. Where can I find free or low cost ways to obtain the required education in human lactation and breastfeeding?
You should plan on paying for the education that is required to qualify for the exam. As with any career, becoming an IBCLC requires an investment of time and money. One way to keep your costs down is to take online or distance education. There are a number of organizations that offer distance learning opportunities which are typically less expensive that in-person workshops or seminar. What types of education will count toward meeting the lactation specific education?
Education for which you received a certificate and which is specifically about human lactation and breastfeeding will satisfy the requirement. If the subject of the course does not specifically mention breastfeeding and/or human lactation, you should save a copy of the course description.