Pathway 1

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Looking to qualify as an IBCLC using Pathway 1?

All candidates for pathway 1 must have 1000 contact hours with breastfeeding families and at least 90 hours of breastfeeding education in the 5 years before applying to sit the exam.

Non health professionals also need to show they have learning in 14 health science subjects.

For a full list of recognised health professions please see the IBLCE website:

For more details of the recognised volunteer organisations please see the IBLCE website:

Candidates from other backgrounds should contact IBCLE (

To download the three pathways pictogram please click the link.
To download the pathway 1 pictogram please click hereLCGB is keen to support aspiring IBCLCs from all backgrounds, including non-health professionals, in order to broaden access to the profession.
Case studies from health professional backgrounds CLICK HERE
Case studies from non health professional backgrounds CLICK HERE

For examples of courses other candidates have found useful, please click here