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Breastfeeding Support: What do all the letters mean?

Professional Lactation Certification
IBCLC: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant - completed 90 hours of lactation specific education, between 300-1000 hours of lactation specific clinical practice, and passed international exam

Lactation Certificate Programs & Peer Support
ALC: Advanced Lactation Consultant – completed 90 hours training
ANLC: Advance Nurse Lactation Counselor – completed 90 hours training
BEC: Breastfeeding Educator Certification - completed course requirements & attended 10 breastfeeding meetings
BC: Breastfeeding USA Counselor - breastfed baby at least 1 year & completed training
CBE: Community Breastfeeding Educator - completed 20 hours training
CBC: Certified Breastfeeding Counselor - completed mentored on-line training & 30 hours of breastfeeding support
CBS: Certified Breastfeeding Specialist - completed 45 or 90 hours training
CLC: Certified Lactation Counselor - completed 45-52 hours training
CLE: Certified Lactation Educator - completed 20 hours training
CLEC: Certified Lactation Educator Counselor - completed 45 hours training
CLS: Certified Lactation Specialist - completed 45 hours training
IBC: Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor - completed 45 hours training
LLLL: La Leche League Leader - breastfed baby at least 9 months & LLL member
WIC Peer Counselor – completed between 20-50 hours training & breastfed at least 6 months

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Breastfeeding Support: What do all the letters mean?

Professional Lactation Certification
IBCLC: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant completed 90 hours of lactation specific education, between 300-1000 hours of lactation specific clinical practice, and passed international exam

Lactation Certificate Programs & Peer Support
ALC: Advanced Lactation Consultant – completed 90 hours training
ANLC: Advance Nurse Lactation Counselor – completed 90 hours training
BEC: Breastfeeding Educator Certification - completed course requirements & attended 10 breastfeeding meetings
BC: Breastfeeding USA Counselor - breastfed baby at least 1 year & completed training
CBE: Community Breastfeeding Educator - completed 20 hours training
CBC: Certified Breastfeeding Counselor - completed mentored on-line training & 30 hours of breastfeeding support
CBS: Certified Breastfeeding Specialist - completed 45 or 90 hours training
CLC: Certified Lactation Counselor - completed 45-52 hours training
CLE: Certified Lactation Educator - completed 20 hours training
CLEC: Certified Lactation Educator Counselor - completed 45 hours training
CLS: Certified Lactation Specialist - completed 45 hours training
IBC: Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor - completed 45 hours training
LLLL: La Leche League Leader - breastfed baby at least 9 months & LLL member
WIC Peer Counselor – completed between 20-50 hours training & breastfed at least 6 months