Becoming a Lactation Consultant in Utah – UT
Although lactation consultants are not required to be licensed or registered by the State of Utah’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensure, it is considered advantageous to sit for the national examination for certification of lactation consultants given by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). Becoming a lactation consultant in Utah and achieving the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLCs) designation requires that a candidate has successfully completed secondary education courses in communications skills, sociology, human anatomy, human physiology, medical terminology and procedures, and infant/child growth and development to be successful taking the exam.
Supervised on-the-job clinical experience providing breastfeeding education and support to become familiar with challenges mothers and families face is also required. For example, students must show that they can appropriately assess a new mother’s psychological state and provide the information that will best meet her needs in an appropriate manner. The candidate must additionally demonstrate that they can also assess an infant for their ability to breastfeed. Depending upon the approach you choose to obtain certification, the amount of hours necessary can vary. And while certain challenges may not actually be encountered, such as enabling breastfeeding for an infant with cranial-facial abnormalities, the student must be able to use basic skills to assess the situation and be able to seek guidance as appropriate. For detailed information, please visit IBLCE in the Americas exam eligibility pathways at http://www.americas.iblce.org/exam-eligibility-pathways.