CLCs or IBCLCs can earn advanced certification in lactation management. The Advanced Lactation Consultant posesses the insight, knowledge, and skills essential to the development and implementation of management strategies for complex problems related to breastfeeding and human lactation.
Obtaining the ALC credential is a way of demonstrating your knowledge, abilities, attitudes and skills in lactation practice and management to the public and to employers. ALCs have demonstrated competence in:
- Knowledge of breastfeeding and human lactation management
- Application of the lactation consultation process in the development of lactation management strategies and care plans in the clinical setting
- Integration of a variety of approaches to the plan of care for breastfeeding and human lactation including:
- Relational Theory
- Archetypes of Female Identity
- Narrative Theory
- Kleinman's Approach to Cultural Competency
- Models of Growth and Development
- Role Assumption
ALCs provide lactation care, assessment and support to those mothers and babies with advanced issues; the small percentage of cases that are truly complex and challenging. ALC certification seeks to promote, protect and support breastfeeding for individuals and society at large.