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The clinical hours you need for lactation consultant certification

The clinical hours you need for lactation consultant certification

 

Hands-on learning through LER

LER has a way for you to earn the clinical hours you need to qualify for the IBCLC exam and become a lactation consultant — regardless of your current job or professional background.

We have options for healthcare providers, non-providers, and community members alike.

The hours you spend providing hands-on support to breastfeeding/chestfeeding families before you take the IBCLC exam are crucial to your future success as a lactation consultant! When you earn your clinical lactation hours with LER, you build a strong foundation of solid helping skills you can count on, through the IBCLC exam and beyond.

Both our Clinical Lactation Internship Program and our HOURS Program meet the clinical hours requirement for the IBCLC exam. Discover which one is right for you.

LER Clinical Lactation Internship Program

  • Open to those who have completed 95 hours of lactation training
  • LER connects you with lactation professionals in your area and helps facilitate an internship agreement
  • 500-hour internship meets the Pathway 3 IBCLC exam requirement
  • 100-hour internships also available

LER HOURS Program

  • Open to those who have earned the CBS through LER
  • Ideal for students who are not healthcare providers or for healthcare providers who do not have access to clinical hours through their employment
  • As an IBLCE-approved Breastfeeding Support Organization, LER endorses your hours
  • LER provides tracking tools, community, and expert mentoring/support

Clinical Hours Tips From Our Experts

Take a deep dive on the topic of getting your clinical hours for the IBCLC exam with two of our most popular blog posts.

Clinical Hours: The Basics

The most-asked questions about earning clinical hours for IBCLC certification, answered by LER Program Director Angela Love-Zaranka, BA, IBCLC, RLC. Learn how many hours you need, why they are important, how to get them, and more.


Clinical Hours For Healthcare Professionals

Already a healthcare professional? You may be able to count your hours at work toward the clinical hours required for the IBCLC exam. Our blog has all the details.

Testimonials

  • LER provided me with one of my best educational experiences. I came from a background in geriatrics, completely switching the direction of my career. LER helped place me in my clinical internship at a beautiful hospital that I now am proud to call my place of employment. Thank you, LER! –Rishan O., LPN, IBCLC

  • Obtaining a site for clinical hours was tricky in 2020, and without LER standing by my side while I waited for my clinical hours, I wouldn’t be where I am today ... I’m currently on track to become an IBCLC and plan to sit for my boards. –Marley R., BSN, CBS

  • The mentors I have chosen provide client care in different settings and so I have been exposed to different cases, allowing me to take in a diverse learning experience. –Keantae T. BSN

  • Since the beginning of my nursing career I always knew I had an interest in becoming an IBCLC. However, it felt like the process was too difficult – until I discovered the pathway 3 option through LER. I have almost completed my clinical training and hope to sit for the IBCLC exam next spring, a goal that a year ago I felt was impossible to achieve. –Katie H., BSN, RN, PHN, CBS

  • LER provided me with one of my best educational experiences. I came from a background in geriatrics, completely switching the direction of my career. LER helped place me in my clinical internship at a beautiful hospital that I now am proud to call my place of employment. Thank you, LER! –Rishan O., LPN, IBCLC

  • Obtaining a site for clinical hours was tricky in 2020, and without LER standing by my side while I waited for my clinical hours, I wouldn’t be where I am today ... I’m currently on track to become an IBCLC and plan to sit for my boards. –Marley R., BSN, CBS

  • The mentors I have chosen provide client care in different settings and so I have been exposed to different cases, allowing me to take in a diverse learning experience. –Keantae T. BSN

  • Since the beginning of my nursing career I always knew I had an interest in becoming an IBCLC. However, it felt like the process was too difficult – until I discovered the pathway 3 option through LER. I have almost completed my clinical training and hope to sit for the IBCLC exam next spring, a goal that a year ago I felt was impossible to achieve. –Katie H., BSN, RN, PHN, CBS

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