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The most recent report of the number of current CLCs in total and by US State and Territory can be found here: Statistical Report and Demographic Report   The most recent ALPP technical report of CLC examinations for administrations can be found here: ALPP Technical Report of Examinations   An executive summary of our most recent Job Task Analysis is available here: 2020 Job Task Analysis

What is ALPP?

The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice is a non-profit organization that provides a national certification program in breastfeeding and human lactation for nurses, physicians, dietitians, WIC personnel, peer counselors, independent lactation counselors and others.

The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice’s mission is to promote evidence-based knowledge and clinical competencies of lactation professionals.

Our vision is of a world where all families have access to quality, interdisciplinary, culturally sensitive lactation care, thereby promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding and human lactation for individuals and the society of the United States.

Founded in 1999, ALPP is dedicated to improving the foundation of breastfeeding comprehension and understanding throughout the United States and territories by providing lactation professionals the opportunity to sit for the Certified Lactation Counselor, Advanced Lactation Consultant, and Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultant examinations in order to earn the CLC, ALC, or ANLC designations. The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) accredited Certified Lactation Counselor® (CLC®) certification program is based on the ISO/IEC 17024 Standard. ANAB is well-recognized within the industry as enforcing the highest standards in personnel certification accreditation.

ALPP develops and administers the CLC, ALC, and ANLC examinations to assess knowledge and skills that underlie competent practice in lactation counseling. The development, administration and scoring of the exams promotes competency in lactation management, skills, and knowledge and thereby fulfills the mission of ALPP.

The purpose of ALPP is to protect the public by identifying individuals who are competent in lactation management skills and knowledge. By extension, ALPP seeks to promote, protect and support breastfeeding for individuals and society at large.

ALPP does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice is committed to impartiality, and understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out all of its certification activities.

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