Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: In a southern state of mind
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This depends on where you live and what your goals are. If you want to be an IBCLC then check their website for the pathways. Yes given everything nursing is likely the most straight forward path to an IBCLC but regardless getting that certification takes time and planning ahead. If you aren't concerned about an IBCLC right now there are other options. Depending on your state you may can go to work at a hospital, clinic or for WIC as a lactation specialist or breastfeeding peer counselor much easier. Getting a position like that also makes the IBCLC easier to attain later and some of these jobs can even be done at least partly from home. There are some breastfeeding certifications that can be taken even from home that would help with attaining a job and there are also college degrees on lactation management if that's a path you'd be interested in. Are you breastfeeding? Is the 8 month old your only child? If not how long have you breastfeed altogether. Some jobs with breastfeeding require a certain amount of personal experience just like any other job would. This varies but is something to consider as well. I would suggest looking at the IBCLC, searching for breastfeeding certifications, searching for jobs in your state/area for breastfeeding, and also calling the director of the breastfeeding WIC program in your state. These should give you good information on how to progress from here.