Becoming a Lactation Consultant in Nevada – NV
You are presented with two options as you decide which path to take as a lactation consultant: The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) awarded by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and Certified Lactation Consultants (CLC) offered by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP).
Acquiring the lactation consultant certification in Nevada is most advantageous (as far as career and salary outlook) when selecting the IBCLC path. While CLCs are invaluable to the community as a supportive force, they are unable to offer the new mother any technically specific advice and may often have to defer to an IBCLC. The CLC path is a forty-hour seminar-style training course and test designed to give the student tools to counsel the new mom as she learns how to breastfeed. The certification for an IBCLC takes the process much further.
In Nevada, you will have 14 college classes that are designed to teach you theoretical healthcare practices, infection control, and more. Several courses are part of a specific program geared toward the science of lactation. In the IBCLC list of requirements there is more than one choice for certification. Each of these choices or “pathways” constitutes varying degrees of clinical experience--from 390 total hours to 1000 hours depending on which pathway you choose. The total valid hours of experience can reduce the required coursework from 14 to 6. Once you have completed the above, you are ready to take the board certification exam…your final step in the process.