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Becoming a Lactation Consultant in South Dakota – SD

The South Dakota Department of Health and its Professional Licensing Boards do not license or register lactation consultants in South Dakota at this time. However, job candidates tend to find that the preferred conduit to becoming a lactation consultant in South Dakota is to achieve certification in lactation consulting as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).


The IBCLC examination is administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).  Here are some important points to keep in mind.

To sit for the examination, a candidate must have completed a minimum of 45 hours of what is considered lactation education within five years of sitting for the examination. The IBLCE exam blueprint provides an idea of topics that will be covered on the examination. Some of the topics that may be included cover maternal and infant anatomy; physiology and endocrinology; maternal and infant nutrition; pharmacology; infectious diseases; fetal, preterm and infant growth; breastfeeding behaviors; weaning; medical terminology and interpreting research data and breastfeeding equipment.

All candidates are required to obtain supervised clinical experience working with breastfeeding mothers and babies. The number of hours of required corresponds to which one of the three available pathways to certification that the candidate selects. Detailed information about the latest requirements for the IBLCE pathways to certification can be found at http://americas.iblce.org/exam-eligibility-pathways.


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