Updated: Feb 24, 2020
The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) accreditation is an internationally recognised professional breastfeeding qualification and is globally seen as the gold standard.
In order to qualify for the rigorous (4hr) exam applicants must demonstrate extensive (at least 1000hrs) time providing face –to- face support to families and in depth studying of advanced lactation subjects (at least 90 hrs covering these topics as a minimum).
Some IBCLCs are from a health professional background and those that are not have to show qualifications in 14 medical science subjects in order to apply. Once qualified IBCLCs must re-certify every 5 years to stay registered, having completed extensive Continuing Professional Development or re-sat the exam.