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Misinformation About Clinical Hours for IBLCE Exam Eligibility

Over the years, the staff here at Breastfeeding Outlook have fielded many calls about the clinical hours requirement for taking the IBLCE exam. Our first step is always to recommend the IBCLC candidate check the IBLCE site. But if they are still confused, we try to help. I thought I’d “heard it all” but last week an aspiring…

Confused by IBLCE’s New Clinical Hour Requirements? You’re Not Alone

Note: In June, IBLCE announced changes in eligibility requirements. IBLCE has since re-reviewed the changes. When this post was originally posted, the proposed implementation date for the changes was March 1, 2020. Now, IBLCE is extending the implementation date to January 1, 2022. The implementation will be phased in; clinical hours that are completed in…

Will You Become a Certified Clinical Lactationist?™

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…

IBLCE Exam Application: Make a List, Check It Twice!

Before you read on, please note that IBLCE Exam application requirements are subject to change. Although we believe the following information to be current and correct of this writing, we encourage you to check the official IBLCE site as you prepare for the exam. Make a checklist before you tackle the IBLCE Exam application Completing the…

Ten Top Myths about Becoming a Lactation Consultant

Over the years heard plenty of myths about becoming a lactation consultant. Some are understandable; others are outlandish. From people all over the world, here are some myths I want to dispel about becoming a lactation consultant.   1. You have to be a nurse to become an IBCLC No, no, no, a resounding NO! You…

Secrets to Meeting IBLCE’s Health Science Requirement

To be eligible for the IBLCE Exam, you must meet three requirements. I’ll assume you’ve already figured out how to meet the requirements for the clinical hours and 90 hours of lactation-focused education. But some of you have told me you’ve had difficulty meeting IBLCE’s health science requirement, and it’s this requirement that I want…

50 Questions You Should Ask Before Applying for the IBLCE Exam 

It seems as if applying for an exam should be straightforward. But that is not always the case. If you’re feeling a bit off-kilter, I wonder: Are you asking the right questions?   Before you read on, I must remind you that I’m not an IBLCE spokesperson. While I endeavor to keep the information in my blog up-to-date, I…

In Short, “Know Your Stuff” Before You Touch

People often ask “I haven’t had any clinical experience. Am I too early to take the Comprehensive Lactation Course?” The truth is, there’s no simple “yes” or “no” answer. Are they asking about the IBLCE’s requirements, or asking for my personal recommendation? Those are two different things—two very different things.  Know the requirements First, the…

IBLCE Exam Eligibility Requirements: Know the Rules

My staff and I get asked about the requirements for the IBLCE Exam — a lot. We always try to help clarify the process. Keep in mind that most of our clients are US-based, so this advice comes with that perspective. But in general, it reflects IBLCE Exam eligibility requirements. Before you read on, please…