Lactation/ Breastfeeding educator/consultant? - page 2
Hey everyone... I haven't seen really anything devoted to this subject. For a long time I have wanted to do something like breastfeeding consulting. I just started nursing school in the fall and... Read More
Feb 9, '05Quote from BETSRNIm thinking terms of working with.....and of course. I would think as a nurse I would have malpractice insurance as well.Helping is one thing but in this day and age of law suits, you can never be too careful. Most LC's carry.
Feb 9, '05Quote from mitchsmomHm....why not La leche? Firstly, its appears that its a major process going through the whole certification just to be a leader. I was never a member. Somehow I thought you had to be. I could be wrong, though. Im not sure...I think a big part of my feelings towards not wanting to work through the LaLeche is that I am not currently nursing one of my own kids. Its something to investigate, perhaps.BetsRN, she said in her original post " I really have no desire to go through a lalechee *fumbled type education." (It's La Leche League)... although Bruucebuff, I'm kind of curious why you say that?
They are one of, if not the, biggest authority on breastfeeding and for many people it's a viable way to accumulate consultancy hours toward IBCLC (Leaders typically get 500 hours per year from the IBLCE). If you aren't an RN or WIC breastfeeding educator working with babies all the time, it's hard to get that kind of hours.
I only ask because occasionally I encounter people who have heard misinformation about La Leche.
Yes, the whole hours thing has me wondering where I would get that much time consulting....without a certification. I knew of the WIC peer counseling.Last edit by Bruucebuff on Feb 9, '05
Feb 9, '05LOL... I think I continued editing that post above while you were responding
Hm....why not La leche? Firstly, its appears that its a major process going through the whole certification just to be a leader. I was never a member.
.I think a big part of my feelings towards not wanting to work through the LaLeche is that I am not currently nursing one of my own kids.
Yes, the whole hours thing has me wondering where I would get that much time consulting....without a certification. I knew of the WIC peer counseling.
Hope that helps some, it can be convoluted, huh?
LLLI Peer Counselor Program
How Can LLL Help Me Become a Lactation Consultant?
http://laleche.org/FAQ/LC.htmlLast edit by mitchsmom on Feb 10, '05
Feb 10, '05I forgot, here's also some good info on chosing lactation education courses:
Guide to Selecting a Lactation Management Course
and a good listing of places that meet ILCA/IBCLE type standards:
I am using one of the places on the list right now for LCERPS (continuing education credits) that I need to sit the board exam in July and I'm happy with them: Health-e-Learning
Feb 10, '05Thanks Mitchs Mom! I definitely want to consider this in the future Lots of great information!!
Feb 26, '05Quote from ZhlakeThats correct, just look at the IBCLC web site and it lists the qualifications for a layperson, AD, BSN ect.You do not have to be an RN or have a 4 year degree to become an IBCLC.
Unless something drastic has happened in the last year or so.
Feb 27, '05Quote from hejn0006Make sure you look at the list of qualifications BEFORE you start to make sure you can meet the requirements. The number of actual hands on hours of documented lactation experience is what will stop most candidates because unless you have a lactation/medical/nursing background, it takes a lot of time BEFORE you can even qualify to sit for the exam. Even with these backgrounds, it takes a lot of time to accumulate (for instance) 2500-4000 hours of practice. You also ahve to have a documented number of continuing education credits (CEU's) to meet the requirement.Thats correct, just look at the IBCLC web site and it lists the qualifications for a layperson, AD, BSN ect.
A great place to start, as someone already mentioned is to become a WIC peer counselor and then to take one of the 40 hour courses and become a "lactation counselor." A lactation counselor is NOT a lactation consultant. From there, as you gain experience and collect the hours necessary to qualify for the boards, you will be providing a valuable service while you wait.
I am very glad that I went ahead and took the exam. It took me years of teaching to accumulate the hours necessary for me to qualify initially. It is not a program to be undertaken without advanced planning so you ahve everything you need behind you.
Apr 22, '11Quote from BETSRNWhere did you receive training for CLC? And where did you work?There are many different types of lactation training, the most extensive one being the IBCLC exam. However, in order to qualify for that, you have to have years of working in the fireld before you are even qualified to sit for the exam. I had to document at least 2500 of actual teaching along with my other requirements in order to take it (which I did this past summer). After one takes and passes the exam, one is a board certified lactation consultant. One may not use the term consultant otherwise.
I would suggest the shorter courses as a good introduction to see if you are really interested in pursuing the full certification. There are 3 day courses and then the next step up is a week long 40 hour course which then qualifies you to be a CLC which is a certified lactation counselor or a CLE which is a certified lactation educator.
The more experience you have the better. The qualifications/pathways to the IBCLC are varied but require an RN and/or a 4 year degree, and as I said, varied amounts of actual hands-on experience. Then (as with the shorter courses) there is a requirement for a certain number of CEU's every 5 years or so to renew. It's ongoing and important that it is because trends and information changes and is updated on a regular basis.
I worked as a CLC for about 10 years before I took the IBCLC exam. It isn't easy but I am glad I did it.
Check out iblce.org.