There are three pathways to fulfilling the prerequisites for the IBCLC exam, set by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).

  • Pathway 1 is the most commonly used in the UK by health professionals, peer supporters, and breastfeeding counsellors.  For more information about pathway 1 click HERE
  • Pathway 2 requires an accredited academic programme, which is not currently available in the UK
  • Pathway 3 involves mentoring by an IBCLC, which is not common practice in the UK at present.
Pathways Pictogram

The pathways pictogram summarises the pathways in the UK.

For full details from IBLCE about the pathways CLICK HERE.

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