Welcome to the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC). LEAARC reviews lactation and breastfeeding education that is offered in a variety of settings. Lactation and breastfeeding courses receive LEAARC endorsement after voluntary review of their instruction and business standards. Academic lactation programs receive a recommendation for accreditation after a rigorous self-evaluation process assessing every aspect of the program’s administration.

Accreditation recommendation to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) for Pathway 2 academic lactation programs that provide the didactic and clinical instruction to prepare students to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants ®

Approval to lactation management courses that provide didactic instruction for students seeking to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants ®

Recognition to courses that provide didactic instruction to prepare students as breastfeeding counselors and breastfeeding educators

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