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Welcome to the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC). LEAARC reviews and endorses lactation and breastfeeding education in a variety of settings. Lactation and breastfeeding courses and clinical internships receive LEAARC endorsement after voluntary review of their instruction and business standards. LEAARC also serves as a review committee for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). As a CAAHEP review committee, LEAARC recommends academic lactation programs for accreditation by CAAHEP after a rigorous self-evaluation process assessing every aspect of the program’s administration. See below for the four types of endorsement LEAARC provides. Contact LEAARC to request an application or to learn more.

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  • Recommendation to CAAHEP for accreditation of lactation programs that provide didactic and clinical instruction.
  • Graduates of these programs qualify to take the exam administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners through Pathway 2.

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Approval

  • LEAARC Approval for lactation management courses that provide 90 hours or more of didactic instruction. For students seeking a comprehensive program to satisfy the 90-hour lactation education requirement to qualify for the exam administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).
  • LEAARC Approval to clinical internship programs that provide 500 hours or more of supervised clinical experience for students seeking to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants®.

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Recognition

  • Recognized by LEAARC status for courses that provide 40-89 hours of didactic instruction in breastfeeding management. For students seeking education and skills as breastfeeding counselors and breastfeeding educators; may also be used as part of the lactation education requirement for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.
  • Recognized by LEAARC status for clinical mentors who provide a minimum of 100 hours of supervised clinical experience for students seeking to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants®.


Accreditation indicates assurance that our program is meeting quality standards. It provides recognition within our institution and beyond. Our program was strengthened because of the self-study process. (1/19/18)

Accreditation gives students confidence that the knowledge and competencies in our program are ethically bound and evidence-based and solidifies our students' expertise in the field of human lactation. The process is lengthy, but that is expected. LEAARC helped us work through the process and we are grateful for their guidance. (1/19/18)

Thank you so much! This has been a very informative process and has helped to strengthen and clarify our program. Thank you for all of your assistance and feedback. We look forward to hearing from you! 8/6/18)