Lactation Consultant Qualification Duration Statistics

The average duration of obtaining a lactation consultant qualification is approximately 1-2 years.

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"In the United States, prospective lactation consultants usually complete a 90-hour lactation education course."

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"Candidates with backgrounds in healthcare can apply for the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) examination after completing 14 business/communication/ethics education credits."

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"Applicants for the IBCLC examination with no background in healthcare are required to complete 90 hours of lactation education and an additional 28 hours of health sciences education."

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"It can take up to 3 years to meet the combination of education and clinical experience requirements to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant."

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"The IBCLC examination is administered twice a year, in April and October."

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"The exam to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant consists of 175 multiple-choice questions."

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"As of 2019, there were around 33,100 International Board Certified Lactation Consultants in the world."

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"As of 2017, the highest number of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants in the USA was in the state of California, with 1,331 consultants."

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"The average pass rate for the IBCLC examination in the year 2021 was 84.19% for the first attempt and 41.04% for subsequent attempts."

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"The course fees for lactation specialist training ranges from $600 to $1000 on an average."

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"The exam fee for the IBCLC is $660, as of 2022."

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"The recertification fee for the IBCLC credential is $270, as of 2022."

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"By pathway 2, institutions offer a curriculum that encompasses a 95-hour didactic component and 300 hours of supervised clinical practice."

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"Median salary for lactation consultants in the United States is approximately $79,000 per year as of 2022."

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"After certification, lactation consultants can specialize further, with training programs within these specialties typically taking less than a year."

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"In Australia, completion of a Certificate IV or higher in Breastfeeding Education (Counselling) is required to become a lactation consultant."

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"As of 2022, the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) certifies lactation consultants in 110 countries."

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