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Just wondering if anyone knows what it takes to become a LC in Canada...specificly in British Columbia. My community doesn't have one and I think about it every time I hear someone say...."My baby wouldn't nurse" or "He/She wouldn't latch on" or "My milk wasn't good".<br>
Just today I overheard a young new mom telling someone that her babe couldn't suck hard enough so she gave up nursing after 2 days. 2 days!!!!! I didn't even get milk until 5 days post partum.<br>
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I know the highest level of LC is the IBCLC(International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). Once your certified with them you can work anywhere in the world. They have a webpage, <a href="http://www.ilca.org" target="_blank">www.ilca.org</a>. Hope that help.
 

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I'm in Canada too and working toward my certification. I am so glad to here you are considering doing this certification too.<br><br>
For more about the certification, visit <a href="http://www.iblce.org/" target="_blank">http://www.iblce.org/</a><br><br>
We've had a number of discussions about IBCLC's off late<br>
Here are just two threads (I just searched for "IBCLC" in this forum)<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=335807&highlight=IBCLC" target="_blank">routes to becoming an LC</a><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=347519&highlight=IBCLC" target="_blank">Lactation consultants advising formula use???</a><br>
In the second thread there is discussions about the IBCLC certification process being revamped.<br><br>
Lastly, do you have a LLL group in your community? For now you could direct the mamas there. If there isn't a group, and you agree with LLL's philosophies, you could start a group. I've chosen to get my IBCLC training through <a href="http://www.lllc.ca" target="_blank">LLLC</a>. It will take me about five years of being a leader to have enough hours to qualify to take the IBCLC exam. I'm a leader applicant right now, working toward my Leadership.<br><br>
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Thanks for the info. Wow!!! That is quite a bit of work, I think the first step for me is to find out about LLL here. I know they had one but I don't think they are meeting right now.
 

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It may seem overwhelming at first, but as long as you're not in a hurry you'll probably do it easily <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I forgot to mention that you can start up an independent moms support group if you like. if there is a local group.Many mainstream moms don't care for LLL (because of things they've heard LLL Leaders do/say etc.) even
 
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