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Old 04-30-2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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IBCLC salary/experiences?

Anyone know what an IBCLC might make as a salary or wage? I've been researching how to become one. Dh has been asking me for years what I want to do when the kids are in school. I realized, in a light bulb moment just today, that one of the things I'm most passionate about is breastfeeding! I would love to educate other people, mother's, families, promote it, counsel new mother's, etc ! I definitely have some more reading and research to do tonight about it. I'd have to take a handful of classes, and spend a few years working/ volunteering in the field first. But this is the first idea I've had about returning to work in the last four years that I'm actually excited about! Any experience or words of wisdom to share?

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Old 04-30-2013, 05:18 PM   #2
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Re: IBCLC salary/experiences?

They don't make a ton of money, and most IBCLCs are RNs or RDs. A good book looking at the business side is, The Lactation Consultant in Private Practice.
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Re: IBCLC salary/experiences?

The average private practice Breastfeeding Support in our area (Baltimore MD area), makes approximately $150 per 2-3 hours contact time. Those fees have to cover driving to and from clients, paperwork, insurance, education, etc. I would say, when all my fees are calculated out, I make about $25/hour. I also don't work 100% full time.

If you need steady pay, regular hours, etc., then going the RN+IBCLC route is ideal. If you really feel like you are a self starter, can risk not having income as you establish yourself, and feel like you have sufficient experience to work without "backup" then private practice can be very rewarding (and also frustrating )
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Re: IBCLC salary/experiences?

You could check out hirings at local hospitals. Pay will depend on experience and shift. My mother is an IBCLC and works FT on the L&D floor at a hospy. They now offer IBCLC availability to moms 24/7 at her hospy, so there's also a night shift, and the ones that staff the night shift obviously get paid a shift differential.

She used to do private practice (back in the early '90s), but gave that up for the stability and benefits offered by working in a hospy environment. She's also able to supplement her income if needed by picking up extra shifts and teaching hospital classes (to patients and to nurses).
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I definitely wouldn't need steady pay or hours. Just enough of a salary that DH wouldn't laugh at me. It's something I feel passionate about, so I wouldn't do it for the pay. I've been researching, I may become clc, work at WIC, do some LLL leadership, etc, and start getting involve.
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