has anyone passed the exam recently and would like to give a few pointers to someone who has no clue
really would love any advice on the following.
how to get hours in NYC !!! (its impossible)
advice on how or what to study
good books you would not live without
and anything else you would have loved to know while on this adventure to become an IBCLC
thanks soo much
This is a board certification, they don't make it easy. You have a lot of education and practical work to do in prep for sitting. You have to qualify to sit for the test!
Become a LLLL .
Take formal study course test prep.
Start going to conferences
Read, Read read :
Start with the Textbook:
Breastfeeding and Human Lactation textbook By Kathleen G. Auerbach & Jan Riordan
It's actually an enormous undertaking and alot of work to mentor someone. A lot of IBCLC don't take on people they don't know. Start going to the NY/ILCA meeting http://www.nylca.org
All the hospitals have IBCLC on staff and they take on mentors. You do NOT need to be an RN. In the 1990's I did my 500 clinical hours at Beth Israel (contact Kate sharp). Also the IBCLC at Mt Sinai will mentor (Pat Sterner).
Are you already a ppdoula? It's good to know some "normal" and dealing with some of the basic routine regualr breastfeeding issues with clients.
I valued the hospital setting because it gave me lots of exposure to very complicated breastfeeding situation. Beth Israel was perfect for me at the time because they had a breastfeeding clinic that outsiders visited and all of the most medically complicated cases would go to see them. Special needs newborns, cleft, failure to thrive, older baby re lactation, adoptive mothers, maternal hormone issues, mothers with physical handicaps. I saw everything that was to be seen plus some.