Becoming a Lactation Consultant in Tennessee – TN
The State of Tennessee does not require lactation consultants to be registered or licensed by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners. However, many lactation consultants do possess a nursing degree and a lactation consultant who is also a nurse must have a current registered nursing license in Tennessee.
More and more employers are hiring lactation consultants that have current credentials as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), which is the most widely recognized lactation certification and generally considered the most desirable. Candidates must pass an examination administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). Requirements to sit for the examination include both education and a clinical practicum and there are three basis paths to certification, based on a candidate’s education background. Many IBCLCs first attain their RN and then decide to add the IBLCE certification after their name. For detailed requirements information about the IBCLC certification, visit the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners website at http://americas.iblce.org/pre-exam-education-in-human-lactation-and-breastfeeding.
To attain the required pre-exam clinical experience, you must actually provide lactation and breastfeeding care to new mothers and their babies under the supervision of an approved practitioner. Merely observing lactation professional provide care, while it may be a learning experience, will not count towards the minimum required number of clinical experience hours.