ANLC – Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultant
CCE – Certified Childbirth Educator
CLE(C) – Certified Lactation Educator (Counselor)
CLC – Certified Lactation Consultant
**CLC – Certified Lactation Counselor
CNM / CPM – Certified Nurse Midwife / Certified Professional Midwife
CNS -Clinical Nurse Specialist
DC – Doctor of Chiropractic
FACCE – Fellow of American College of Childbirth Educators
IBCLC (RLC) – International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
LCCE – Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
LE – Lactation Educator
LM – Licensed Midwife
LVN – Licensed Vocational Nurse
MA/ MS/ MN – Master of Arts /Science /Nursing
MD – Medical Doctor
MPH – Master of Public Health
(R) (CP) NP – (Registered) (Certified Pediatric) Nurse Practitioner
OTR/L – Occupational Therapist , Registered/Licensed
PCD – Postpartum Certified Doula
PHN – Public Health Nurse
PT – Physical Therapist
RD – Registered Dietitian
RN (C) – Registered Nurse (Certified)
Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) – has successfully completed a one week course in basic lactation and its management, and required post seminar homework which may include a clinical component.
Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) – has had advanced formal lactation education and supervised clinical training.
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) – most have had extensive formal lactation education and clinical training; has passed an international certification exam and has continuing education requirements in lactation. Recertifies every 5 years. May also use term “Registered” (RLC).
Certified Lactation Counselor(**CLC) – has taken a one week course in lactation counseling and passed a post test.
All licensed health practitioners have additional continuing education requirements to remain current in their respective fields.