IBCLC stands for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. It is the highest level of certification and training a practitioner in lactation can carry. It’s much different than a lactation consultant (LC), a certified lactation consultant (CLC), or a lactation specialist.
Specifically, IBCLCs have a health sciences undergraduate degree, a minimum of 95 hours of additional lactation-specific education through an authorized institution, at least 700 hours of supervised clinical experience, and also must pass a rigorous board examination. They also must keep up minimum continuing education credits (at least 75 CERPs every 5 years), be certified in CPR, and continually practice as a lactation consultant. IBCLCs also adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct. More info about the IBLCE organization here. Find out if your lactation consultant is IBCLC-credentialed here.
Jessica’s IBCLC credential # is: L-302808