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What is an IBCLC?

“International Board Certified Lactation Consultants function and contribute as members of the maternal-child health team. They provide care in a variety of settings, while making appropriate referrals to other health professionals and community support resources. Working together with mothers, families, policymakers and society, IBCLC certificants provide expert breastfeeding and lactation care, promote changes that support breastfeeding and help reduce the risks of not breastfeeding.”

How can I obtain the certification?
IBLCE requires a set of 14 Health Sciences, 95 hours of lactation specific education including 5 hours of communication skills, and 300-1000 clinical hours depending on the pathway you choose.

What is IBLCE?

IBLCE®, or the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners®, is the independent international certification body conferring the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) credential.

How many pathways ways are there and how do I know which one to choose?
There are three pathways. The pathway you choose depends on your
background. We can help you determine which pathway to choose. “The pathways are designed to ensure that all applicants have a health sciences background, a minimum of 95 hours lactation specific education (including 5 hours of communications skills) as well as relevant clinical experience and adherence to the Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs by attestation.“ - IBLCE

What is the average cost to obtain the certification?
Depending on where you are in your journey and the pathway you choose it can range from $660+. We will offer partial or full financial assistance depending on funding.

Do I have to be a Registered Nurse to be an IBCLC?
No, you do not. But it can help speed up the process if you are.

Does PTW offer mentorship?
Currently, we have relationships with 2 hospitals offering mentorship and working to increase opportunities with other hospitals throughout the state. We will be offering “Free Clinic Fridays” at our office in Hamden to provide hours for interns.

When can I take the test?

The test is administered every spring and fall. Depending on when you complete the requirements, will determine when you would be able to sit for the exam.  

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