A comprehensive education in human lactation and breastfeeding is a vital part of preparing to become an IBCLC. Candidates are encouraged to secure an education that covers all the disciplines and chronological periods listed on the IBCLC Detailed Content Outline.
Complete at least 95 hours of education in human lactation and breastfeeding, including 5 hours focused on communication skills, within the five years immediately prior to applying for the exam.
- Includes in-person presentations, online education, distance learning, and independent study modules.
- Education may be from an IBLCE verified Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERP) Provider, but it is not required.
- Education is to be on topics specific to lactation and breastfeeding, examples of which can be found on the IBCLC Detailed Content Outline.
- IBLCE uses a 60-minute hour to calculate the education hours.
Please note: starting with examination applications for the April 2021 examination administration and those administrations following, for the 95 hours of lactation-specific education, five (5) hours of education must be focused on communication skills. Preferably, these five hours will be directly related to lactation and breastfeeding care, but this is not a requirement. If you are interested in pairing your lactation-specific hours with IBCLC mentorship in a clinically rigorous program, take a look at our Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program.
Note: “IBLCE does not offer, approve, or accredit lactation education designed to prepare candidates for the certification examination. Nor does IBLCE recommend or endorse any particular program or course in lactation education.”