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    how can i go about becoming a lactation consultant? do i have to do nursing or midwifery first??

    it's something i'd really love to do!!

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    Not sure, maybe get in touch with the ABA?

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    yeh i believe you have to do mid and possibly mchn but im not entirely sure?

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    Do a google search for IBCLC. You do need to have some health qualifications (not MW or nursing just some general subjects). Also being a breast feeding counsellor with ABA gives you some of the professional hours needed as well. It is quite a rigorous process.
    Have you thought about training as a breast feeding counsellor or community educator with the ABA??? You can do a Certificate 4 in each of these areas. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loulabelle View Post
    Do a google search for IBCLC. You do need to have some health qualifications (not MW or nursing just some general subjects). Also being a breast feeding counsellor with ABA gives you some of the professional hours needed as well. It is quite a rigorous process.
    Have you thought about training as a breast feeding counsellor or community educator with the ABA??? You can do a Certificate 4 in each of these areas. Good luck
    Thanks Loulabelle ...

    I'll get on to the ABA tomorrow and go from there I think ...

    I initially wanted to be a midwife, but I don't think I'd cope with the needles etc, and my long term plan is to be a doula, but with a toddler it's a bit hard so I'm waiting til he's older ...

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    Hi there! I am a lactation consultant. I was a registered nurse and midwife first however when I did a breastfeeding course there were people from different walks of life. The requirements to becoming a lactation consultant otherwise known as an IBCLC are outlined in their website. Just google IBCLC. Good luck!


 

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