A Wrench in my Plans

Just when I thought I was really on my way…

The IBLCE has recently amended their requirements for those lactation consultant applicants who are not health care professionals. That would be me. The changes require prospective consultants to have eight university credits from the health field. It makes sense – because LCs are a part of the health care provider  team, it is important that we be trained and have similar knowledge.

I get that. It just makes my journey not so clear cut anymore.

Thankfully, because of my psychology degree, I do have *most* of the required courses. I already have psychology, sociology, biology, research methods and infant development under my belt. All that I am missing is anatomy, physiology and nutrition.

What this means for me is that I must now take those three university credits in addition to my lactation specific courses as well as my 500 hours of clinical practice.

If I can take them concurrently as I progress through my learning journey, it won’t be that big of a deal. However, it is not clear to me on the website whether or not I must have those credits before I continue. I’m awaiting a response to my inquiring email.

Gah.

I don’t even want to think about that. Fingers crossed.

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