Becoming a Lactation Consultant in Oregon – OR
Lactation consultants are not required by Oregon law to be licensed or certified, although it is beneficial to obtain lactation consultant certification in Oregon and many employers do require evidence of certification. Nurses, midwives, physician’s assistants, dieticians and physicians often seek certification as a lactation consultant.
The International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification test, which is administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), is a highly desirable certification that is preferred by many employers. Requirements to take the exam include a copy of a college or university transcript with evidence of successfully completing courses in specific health curriculum including courses that specifically teach human lactation and breastfeeding, biology, human physiology and anatomy, and other courses.
Hands-on supervised lactation clinical practice providing care to support breastfeeding families is another requirement. Hospitals, clinics, birthing centers, public health centers and private medical practices are all settings where it is possible to gain experience as a lactation consultant. Remember that volunteer experience may also qualify as clinical practice. Depending upon the certification, requirements can range from 500 hours to 1,000 hours. Regardless of the amount of hours required, all of the experience must have been obtained within a period of five years immediately prior to taking the IBCLC certification examination.