Wow, it's been a loooong time since I last posted. I think it was before I became an IBCLC, which means over a year ago.
So, I forget which number pathway I did, but it was the one that was a program specific to becoming an IBCLC through a distance learning course at UC San Diego. The program included course work and provided internship locations. Do not do any program that does not provide internship locations because it is very difficult to find them on your own. I found that out the hard way when I did a different program prior to the UCSD program. The course is time consuming, so make sure you have the time to do it. You'll do about 40 hours of internship per month, plus hours and hours every week of reading, watching lectures, and homework.
As per the IBLCE (www.iblce.org), you will need some college courses and some health care related courses prior to beginning the IBCLC course. UCSD provides some of them though distance learning.
Was it worth it? Well, not yet. I'm in private practice, and I have not had much business. I have a website that doesn't get much traffic. I think I need to do Google Ad Words or something like that. I just paid for some print advertising, so I hope it will pick up. If you want to work in a hospital, they will almost certainly want you to also be an RN. You can call local hospitals and ask them. WIC will hire you as an LC w/o the RN, though. If you don't speak Spanish, it may be helpful to take the Spanish for LC's course that I see offered once or twice a year. HTH