For many mothers, breastfeeding is a life-changing event. Many want to share their passion with others. But how?
If you’ve ever explored getting a lactation credential — or even if you already have a credential — have you ever noticed a gap between what you’d like to do, and what feels possible or meaningful to do?
Over the years, I’ve heard many stories. Passionate breastfeeding advocates are frustrated by issues related to credentials.
One woman told me she had been a La Leche League leader 17 years ago. When I asked her why she had waited so long to pursue her IBCLC credential, she said, “I was home raising kids!” She couldn’t see herself parenting five little kids and getting her clinical hours.
Another woman said she had been a peer counselor for almost a decade. She cheerfully did the six continuing education healthcare science courses, but taking the eight college-level healthcare sciences courses (biology, anatomy, physiology, etc.) posed a big barrier — she didn’t want to invest the time and money, and she didn’t see the value of taking the courses.
More recently, I’ve talked with several IBCLCs who want to retire. They’d like to have a credential to work per diem or part-time — even on a volunteer basis — but they don’t want to take the IBLCE exam again! (We can all identify with that!)
These women and others I’ve met fall into a gap created by the distance between “no credential” and “IBCLC credential.” How can passionate breastfeeding advocates pursue a passion for breastfeeding support, gain recognition for their expertise, and earn a meaningful credential in a way that works for them?
Closing the gap with the Certified Clinical Lactationist™
Maybe you recognize that lactation expertise involves more than helping mothers with positioning and latch. Maybe you’ve already completed 40-45 hours of lactation-focused education, but want more. Maybe you’re a nurse who wants recognition for your expertise in lactation — just like your certification for fetal monitoring or some other subspecialty.
Or perhaps you question why you are preparing for an exam that tests your knowledge of international issues when you plan to practice stateside for the rest of your life — and you scarcely know the national recommendations or guidelines. I’ve heard your stories, too, and I know you’re frustrated.
It was as a result of hearing these — and many other — frustrations that I created the Certified Clinical Lactationist™ credential.
How can you become a Certified Clinical Lactationist™
If you have completed either of my 90-hour courses (online or in-person), you are eligible for recognition as a Certified Clinical Lactationist™! Meet the criteria, take the course, pass the exam and you’ll have the CCL credential (as well as bling — we’ll send you a beautiful cloisonné pin indicating your expertise).
Even if you are planning to finish out your IBCLC credential in the future, taking the exam is a good idea so you have a credential that indicates your readiness to provide lactation support now. We’ll send your exam results fast!