Many IBCLC®s state that getting clinical hours was the hardest part of joining our profession. Many more find getting those hours a barrier to entry. In order to address this challenge, USLCA hosts a database to help link aspiring lactation professionals and mentors.
Please click here to learn more about mentoring including why becoming a mentor is so valuable, how to earn CERPs through mentoring, and how you can become listed in USLCA’s Mentorship Directory.
Please click here to read about the importance of having a mentor and how you can search USLCA’s Mentorship Directory to find one.
Other Mentorship Resources
- LEAARC is now offering approval for qualified programs offering a minimum of 500 hours of clinical experience, and recognition is available for qualified individuals offering a minimum of 100 hours of clinical experience. Guidance in establishing a program is available, as well as an extensive Clinical Instruction Resource Guide. Please join LEAARC in encouraging the development and growth of clinical education sites worldwide.
- IBLCE® has outlined the steps for IBCLC certification here, as well as their three pathways of obtaining lactation specific clinical hours here. Their Pathway 3 Plan Guide provides information specific to mentor responsibilities.