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The attached survey comes from International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners to investigate the interest in having a new credential available for people working in the lactation field.  This potential credential is intended for those individuals who are not IBCLCs, but are interested in being recognized by the IBLCE for the training they have accomplished (40 – 89 hours).  

This potential credential is not intended as substitute for the IBCLC but as an enhancement to the IBCLC’s practice.  It would be under the auspices of IBLCE who will develop a scope of practice and entry level exam which would complement and mesh with the IBCLC.  To avoid the appearance of competing with the IBCLC, we see great advantage to having this new recognition developed by the same organization that has oversight of the IBCLC credential, the IBLCE.

Those who may be interested in this new credential include:

  • Those seeking work while completing the rest of the requirements for IBLCE certification
  • Those seeking work without the intention of pursuing IBLCE certification in the future

This credential would be equivalent to the Breastfeeding Specialist certificate given by Lactation Education Resources at the present time.  It would be renewable and internationally recognized.

 We hope all of you will take the time to return this brief survey to IBLCE and tell them of your interest and support.  The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and will close on July 29. 

If you are not yet an IBCLC, please take this survey.

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J79YTH5

If you are already an IBCLC, please take this survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J82VTPQ

Vergie Hughes RN MS IBCLC FILCA
Program Director
Lactation Education Resources
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Vergie Hughes has a long history of experience in Maternal Child Health including labor and delivery, post-partum and pediatrics, and for the past 25 years she has been involved in lactation management. Ms. Hughes has a BSN from Pacific Lutheran University and a MS from Georgetown University. She has been a board certified lactation consultant since 1985. At Georgetown University Hospital, she was the director of the Human Milk Bank. She created and developed the National Capitol Lactation Center and the one week Lactation Consultant Training Program. This course has trained more than 4,000 Lactation Consultants since its inception in 1990.


She has been a private practice lactation consultant and business owner, and operated her own lactation center, Washington’s Families First. Lactation Education Resources On-Line is her website, offering training to professionals and information to parents as well. Ms. Hughes has served on the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and has served on the IBLCE exam writing committee. Her first love is teaching and that is exemplified by the creativity of the courses she has developed. A series of courses “The In-patient Breastfeeding Specialist,” "The Out-patient Breastfeeding Specialist” and “The NICU Breastfeeding Specialist” are all designed to advance the lactation management skills of nurses at the bedside. She regularly teaches skills to labor and delivery nurses and just recently developed the course “Towards Exclusive Breastfeeding.”


Ms. Hughes is the program director and content manager for all of the on-line Lactation Education Resources courses. Ms. Hughes was recently honored with a “lifetime achievement award” as Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA).

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