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#1 of 3 Old 12-18-2006, 10:44 PM - Thread Starter
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So I got a job with WIC doing peer breastfeeding thinking I can use the hours towards becoming a certified lactation consultant. They said that they would send me to a lactation counselor training if I'm interested so that I can become a clc. Im wondering, what exactly is the difference? Is there a difference in what I able to do with each of the certifications? It seems that becoming a lactation couselor will be way quicker and cheaper, but I'm wondering if it will be enough. My intention is to start a private practice doing herbal consultations for pregnancy, postpartum and infancy as well a nutrition counseling, lactation support and doula work.
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The Lact. Counselor training is a prerequisite for the IBCLC courses. It's a good course, but it's not "enough" for your goals. I say snap up the oportunity to take that class and build on it as you can.

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One of my goals in life is to become an IBCLC! I am currently a lactation counselor & it is a great first step. Being a LC is NOT the same & we actually have a very limited amount of education over the IBCLC. Take the classes & take the first step...but don't stop with just the counselor. You need more education & experience to really help moms.

A doula who married a cop & became a mama to 3 boys: G 12/22/00, my rainbow baby B 2/2/07 and L 2/10/10 my CBA2V baby, waiting for my little caboose late February 2013 & always remembering my two angels 2006 & 2012.

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