ILCA has many resources to help students prepare for the rewarding profession of lactation consulting and feel confident and prepared for practicing as an IBCLC®. Students are encouraged to become familiar with a wide range of literature, scientific studies, texts and journals. These resources are a good foundation to prepare for the profession and are important reference texts for clinical practice. The IBLCE® Blueprint of Knowledge and Skills for IBCLCs identifies the important areas of study and ILCA’s Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice outlines the content in each area. Also see the resources below for further guidance. ILCA does not endorse any materials, products, or services of lactation courses or other programs.
Preparing for the Profession
Guide to Selecting a Course
Directory of Lactation Management Courses
LEAARC Approved Courses
ILCA Study Modules
Clinical Instruction Directory
Online Sources for IBLCE-required Continuing Education Courses
Professional Practice Documents
IBLCE can answer questions about pathways, eligibility requirements, and other information about the credential. Information about certification pathways and requirements, competencies, scope of practice, and more are linked from this IBLCE Documents page under their Resources tab: http://iblce.org/resources/iblce-documents/.
www.bfmed.org Clinical Protocols of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
www.breastfeeding.asn.au Breastfeeding Review journal available by subscription from Australian Breastfeeding Association
www.ilca.org Journal of Human Lactation available to members of the International Lactation Consultant Association
www.ilca.org Print and Media Reviews available to members of the International Lactation Consultant Association
www.internationalbreastfeedingjournal.com International Breastfeeding Journal
www.who.int Resources available from World Health Organization, Geneva