Like I said, I'm just curious to hear the experiences of other moms who have basically gone back to school (though most of the coursework can be done online now - I'll most likely do the bulk of it through Lactation Education Resources and then some through the distance learning programs at local colleges - for general ed) and followed the program to certification and beyond. Are you working as an LC? Do you work out of a hospital, through a community program like WIC or just with private clients? Was the amount of hours in training worth it?
Really curious to hear your stories...
I wanted to do it a number of years ago, and there was really only one pathway open to me. I realized I would have to take some classes, and that was my hangup. I sent away for my college transcript, and enrolled at a community college. So I would have to take anatomy & physiology, but the pre-requisite for that was cell biology with lab, and there was a pre-requisite for that which I didn't need, and technically I took cell biology in college, but didn't get a good grade so I figured I'd have to retake it before I could take Anatomy, and that was only one class I needed. And I registered for the class online, but then I would have to take the lab at the school, and, big surprise, all the labs were filled. So I'd have to wait a semester just to get the pre-requisite before I could even get the class I needed.
Of course, I could have tried another school, one that wasn't local or was online only. I don't know what they'd do if you needed to do labs, though. I still think about it, but it always seems like there are plenty of people trying to become IBCLCs in my area, and there is not the market to support them all with jobs. I feel like I live in a constrained market, however.
La Leche is a great option if you just want to help support other breastfeeding moms and the model is very much centered around peer support.
Maybe down the line I'll be able to put in the hours to become an LC or a doula...but with three little kids and home schooling, LLL leadership is the better pathway for me.
Good luck with your doula training!