Tip: Look for a consultant who has an IBCLC, or International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, certification, suggests Sarah Eichler, IBCLC, LCCE, a lactation consultant based in Brooklyn, NY. “To become an IBCLC, you need to get clinical hands-on practice,” she says. “You can do it with a mentor, which is what I did. Then you have to have a minimum of 500 clinical hours.” You can also get a bachelor’s degree in human lactation, she says, but in the U.S., there aren’t many programs available. There’s another route available for nurses and doctors who wish to become certified lactation consultants, Eichler adds.
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