How to Become an IBCLC [PODCAST]

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Ep 39 | How to Become an IBCLC Lactation Business Coaching with Annie and Leah

Annie and Leah talk about How to Become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and how their stories were similar in how they got started. They break down what it looks like logistically to become certified and bust some myths on what some people might think it takes to become an IBCLC.

They share with us their biggest takeaways now that they have both been certified for many years and some eye opening experiences they’ve had. We get a behind the scenes look at what it really takes to become an IBCLC and who this might be a great path for.


02:32 Defining what IBCLC even stands for

03:48 The 3 pathways to becoming an IBCLC

11:44 The truth around the complex work as an IBCLC

17:28 Learning never stops even after your exam

16:49 Annie & Leah’s biggest surprises when becoming IBCLCs


08:43 “I think it gives you so many kinds of varied skills and that counseling and, and just kind of the approach that La Leche league has is I think unique and a really great way to build our skills.”

12:50 “And I really need to be able to do that in a way that is not colored by just kind of any kind of like mottos or simplistic thinking.”

13:06 “Like that’s like 0% of what my job is, is going to your house and latching your baby. Like, I don’t do that. It’s a lot deeper than that.”

14:24 “The piece of advice that I got and so grateful for was kind of like, Hey, heads up, you’re going to have to always be learning.”

21:57 “That’s what makes us international board certified lactation consultants because the exam is the same for all around the whole entire world just written up in different languages.”

About Us

Leah Jolly is a private practice IBCLC with Bay Area Breastfeeding in Houston, Texas. Annie Frisbie is a private practice IBCLC serving Queens and Brooklyn in New York City, and the creator of Paperless Lactation.

The Lactation Business Coaching podcast is produced by us and edited by Jillian Grover, who also writes our show notes. Our theme song is by Silas Wade.

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