If you are interested in becoming a Lactation Consultant there is a process to be followed which incorporates both clinical experiences and breastfeeding knowledge. There are a minimum number of hours that must be completed prior to application. This is broken up into clinical and educational hours. Once you have the required number of hours and fulfill all other criteria you are eligible to sit the exam. When you have passed you are recognized as an International Board Certificated Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) sets and administers the competency exam by which IBCLCs are certified. The exam assesses knowledge and skills in the following areas, as they relate to the practice of a lactation consultant:

  • Anatomy

  • Physiology and endocrinology

  • Nutrition and biochemistry

  • Maternal and infant immunology and infectious disease

  • Maternal and infant pathology

  • Maternal and infant pharmacology and toxicology

  • Psychology

  • Sociology and anthropology

  • Growth parameters and developmental milestones

  • Interpretation of research

  • Ethics and legal issues

  • Breastfeeding equipment and technology

  • Public health and advocacy

The exam covers the whole breastfeeding episode from the breast changes at puberty right through to the weaning process which may be 2 years and beyond. NZLCA educational opportunities will extend your breastfeeding knowledge and assist you to prepare for the exam.

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) is an international organisation. Rachel Walker is the IBLCE Coordinator for New Zealand and the local representative (see contact details at bottom of page).

The e newsletter is now the official e newsletter and it comes out 3 - 4 times a year via emails. 


IBCLC Requirements 

Certification is for 5 years, and recertification is required. After 5 years IBCLCs may recertify by continuing education, but must recertify by exam after 10 years.

Check to see what seminars / conferences are coming up, and what CERP points are available for attending. CERPs can be obtained by presenting at conferences and attending and presenting case studies to other lactation consultant  local groups. On line breastfeeding modules are also a way of increasing CERPs


Contact Information (New Zealand)

Rachel Walker IBCLC
NZ IBLCE Coordinator

PO Box 19 775
Woolston, Christchurch 8241
Ph (03) 3848105

Mobile (027) 471 3325
Email:  or


Regional Office (in Australia)

IBLCE Regional Office
PO Box 1533
Oxenford QLD 4210

Phone:  (from outside Australia) +61 7 5529 8811
Fax:   (from outside Australia)  +61 7 5529 8922




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