Why the IBCLC Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program?

Students who pursue a career as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) are committed to providing the highest standard of breast/chestfeeding support to parents and babies.

The most common barrier to aspiring IBCLCs is access to qualified mentors who can support and teach them. In fact, access to IBCLC mentors can be impossible in some countries where there may only be one IBCLC trying to manage a daunting caseload of families needing support.

“Right now, there is only one IBCLC in my country I could ask to mentor me, and she is already working for the hospital and is faculty at a university. She is too busy.”

– Hareem, Global Mentorship Program student, Lahore, Pakistan 

We at LiquidGoldConcept believe in equity of access to education, training, and support for students and healthcare professionals who want to help breast/chestfeeding parents. Because of this commitment, we are proud to share a new program we’ve developed to bridge the gap between students and IBCLC mentors around the world who need them. The IBCLC Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program will connect aspiring lactation professionals with the IBCLC mentorship they need. 

“I’ve done the education, but the problem, especially when you’re living in a foreign country, is finding a mentor. In order to get into any of the academic programs here, you have to be completely fluent in Dutch. There are many ex-pats living here who speak English and bond with me because I have a lot in common with them. But I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to find a mentor who is willing to work with me so I can do my IBCLC for years.”

– Andrea, RN, Global Mentorship Program student, Netherlands.

What is Included in the IBCLC Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program?

Our program includes virtual ‘face-to-face’ supervision and timely text-based mentorship for the required 500 of clinical hours. We are leveraging our state-of-the-art telesimulation program to ensure that each student in our Global Mentorship program completes 100+ hours of live clinical skills training with standardized patients.

We plan to launch the first cohort of the program in mid-to-late August of 2021. The LiquidGoldConcept program will focus on training students in common-yet-complex issues they are likely to encounter working with mothers/parents in perinatal clinical settings. Students will first complete 103 hours of independent study modules and 36 clinically-rigorous telesimulations with standardized patients to work through a range of perinatal, clinical lactation, and pediatric case scenarios, earning a certificate as an Advanced Lactation Specialist upon completion. Students will then be mentored to establish themselves as lactation support professionals in their respective communities by growing their own practice made up of expecting and postpartum clients/patients. Their MD/IBCLC, RN/IBCLC, and private-practice IBCLC mentors will support them on a weekly basis for up to 12 months to ensure that students are growing their clinical documentation and presentation skills alongside their lactation management expertise. 

“I want to help parents through my position with my nonprofit. I started looking into becoming an IBCLC. The faster I can get done, the better it is for the clients I am trying to help — low-income women and families with a low socio-economic status. I only have access to one IBCLC I can shadow because of where I live. Without the LiquidGoldConcept program, getting my IBCLC wasn’t attainable.”

– Global Mentorship Program student, rural Midwestern United States.

The LiquidGoldConcept team is committed to ongoing innovation to increase access to the breast/chestfeeding support for parents and babies. The Pathway 3 IBCLC Global Mentorship Program combines our high-fidelity breastfeeding and newborn simulators, staff of MD/IBCLCs, RN/IBCLCs, and private practice IBCLCs, and highly trained standardized patients to create a groundbreaking solution for health professionals around the world who desire to pursue specialization as clinical lactation experts. We hope you will continue supporting us on this important journey to remove the global barriers to lactation success.