Becoming a Lactation Consultant in Nebraska – NE
The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Certified Lactation Consultants (CLC) are the two potential certifications in Nebraska. An IBCLC is quickly becoming the expected standard, however, as breastfeeding has resurged in popularity and more skilled demand is seen in this industry. A CLC consists of a one-week program that gives a person the ability to offer general assistance and emotional support to the mother. An IBCLC on the other hand, is seen as an expert in the field with both the education and experience of a certified health care professional.
Becoming a lactation consultant in Nebraska and seeking the IBCLC designation can be accomplished in a few ways. One way consists of participation in coursework specific to lactation and breast feeding along with 500 to 1000 hours of provable supervised experience either for pay or as a volunteer. The other way takes less than two years based on the necessary educational 6-class program designated to human lactation, an 8-class list of medical focused classes and 390 hour total approved field experience. Once you have completed the mandatory lactation program coursework and training, you are then ready to apply for the yearly exam at www.americas.iblce.org, leading to certification.