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Welcome to the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC). LEAARC reviews and endorses lactation and breastfeeding education in a variety of settings. Lactation and breastfeeding courses and clinical internships receive LEAARC endorsement after voluntary review of their instruction and business standards. LEAARC also serves as a review committee for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). As a CAAHEP review committee, LEAARC recommends academic lactation programs for accreditation by CAAHEP after a rigorous self-evaluation process assessing every aspect of the program’s administration. See below for the four types of endorsement LEAARC provides. Contact LEAARC to request an application or to learn more.

Accreditation

  • Recommendation to CAAHEP for accreditation of lactation programs that provide didactic and clinical instruction.
  • Graduates of these programs qualify to take the exam administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners through Pathway 2.

Approval

  • LEAARC Approval for lactation management courses that provide 90 hours or more of didactic instruction. For students seeking a comprehensive program to satisfy the 90-hour lactation education requirement to qualify for the exam administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).
  • LEAARC Approval to clinical internship programs that provide 500 hours or more of supervised clinical experience for students seeking to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants®.

Recognition

  • Recognized by LEAARC status for courses that provide 40-89 hours of didactic instruction in breastfeeding management. For students seeking education and skills as breastfeeding counselors and breastfeeding educators; may also be used as part of the lactation education requirement for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.

LEAARC Approval of my Breastfeeding Specialist Course was granted in Sept 2010, in time for the December publicity for my next course which began in May 2011. I noticed a real increase in uptake for the course. LEAARC Approval has certainly impressed my potential students!  My London venue would not take all who were interested so I ran in Chatham, Kent as well. Plus the NHS health trust in Staffordshire were so keen to have their staff do a LEAARC Approved course that they changed their original request for just certain study days to the course instead. May 2013 saw a similar arrangement with NHS Devon. I am now turning down other offers to host the course as I have more work than I can handle since gaining LEAARC Approval!

Deborah Robertson, IBCLC