Comparing Lactation Consultant Stepping Stone Credentials

While on your journey to becoming an IBCLC, you may want to look into lactation consultant stepping stone credentials. While IBLCE doesn’t have this as a requirement, many utilize this to work in various lactation-centered professions to gain hours or experience and help build their resume. Choosing a course can be overwhelming and daunting, so we’ve put together a quick fact sheet to simplify the process. While this list is not exhaustive, it outlines some of the most commonly selected courses. Many of these courses and programs offer the same general concept of pre-recorded videos you flip through at your own pace. 

LiquidGoldConcept’s Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program provides you with a minimum of 103 lactation-specific education hours, including 5 communication hours through live virtual consults with standardized patients, all while being mentored by one of our IBCLCs. After completing the education portion, you will receive ongoing mentorship from your LiquidGoldConcept IBCLC through the completion of your 500 clinical hours with your own patients. LiquidGoldConcept will run this program in small online cohort settings.

Credential

Program

Prerequisites

Training

Cost

CBS
Certified Breastfeeding Specialist

Lactation Education Resources

None

45 or 90 hours

$645-975

CLC
Certified Lactation Counselor/Consultant

Healthy Children

None

45 hours

$625 + $125 exam fee + cost of required textbooks.

CLE
Certified Lactation Educator

Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA)

None

20 hours

$900 + cost of required textbooks.

CLS
Certified Lactation Specialist

Lactation Education Consultants

None

45 hours

$770

CBC
Certified Breastfeeding Counselor

Childbirth International

None

130 hours

$970

cALS
Certified Advanced Lactation Specialist

LiquidGoldConcept (that’s us!)

14 health science courses

103 hours of lactation-specific education including 5 communication hours.

$4,995 and also results in you being able to sit the IBCLC exam when completed as part of our Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program.

CLEC
Certified Lactation Educator Counselor

University of California San Diego

None

45 hours

$735 + require textbook.

CALC
Certified Advanced Lactation Consultant

Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP)

Must have obtained CLC or IBCLC

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