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    Default ABA breastfeeding counsellor training and Cert 4 -view to lactation consultant.

    Hi,

    Just wondering if anyone has done this. I'm currently studying nursing externally part time and have just found that the requirements to become a lactation consultant have changed. One of the pathways now includes ABA breastfeeding counselling. Is it worth trying to do? Thanks.

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    I am doing the Cert 4 but don't know anything about converting it to LC qualifications. There are requirements from the ABA about the commitment you will make to working on the Breastfeeding Helpline.

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    Hi Summerly,

    I have just finished my cert 4 (yay!!). Planing to continue to be a LC.
    I can email you all my correspondence with the IBCLE in Australia if you'd like
    But if you are studying nursing I'm not sure you'll need to go through the ABA

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    Hi everyone, thanks for all the replies.

    I thought the pathway through the aba would give the 1000 contact hours needed to qualify for the lc exam. I'm not sure a nursing degree does that - pretty sure mid does but I'm not ready for mid yet (still have my own birth issues to work through). How would I get the hours just doing nursing and not the cert 4 as well?

    I am concerned about the amount of time you need to spend volunteering after finishing the cert 4. There was no actual mention of how many hours are required in the info that the ABA sent me - just that you need to agree to do 2 years volunteering. It's just that breastfeeding interests me and frankly I think breastfeeding is the only thing I was really good at. I'm not sure, what do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by summerly View Post
    Hi,

    Just wondering if anyone has done this. I'm currently studying nursing externally part time and have just found that the requirements to become a lactation consultant have changed. One of the pathways now includes ABA breastfeeding counselling. Is it worth trying to do? Thanks.
    OMG!!!! Yay!!

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    actually 8 hours a month is a lot less than I was expecting. Does it all have to be in one go or can it be broken up?

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    8 hours a month on Helpline but I think most counsellors are also expected to help run group meetings etc too.


 

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