Why I Want to Be an IBCLC
What made you want to become an IBCLC?
I want to become an IBCLC so that I can better serve the community of parents who look to me for lactation care and support. I understand that as a current CLC my scope, knowledge, and practice can sometimes be limited. I want to assist families, specifically those who are having more complex feeding challenges more efficiently. I love what I do and I am excited for the opportunity to grow in the field of lactation.
How do you hope to make a difference as an IBCLC?
I do hope to create a legacy of black lactation professionals in the communities where I serve, ultimately making the path to become an IBCLC a little clearer for others. It is my hope that all families can easily access the care and support they need when they decide to chest or breastfeed. I do believe that lactation and providing human milk to our babies to be one of the single most important acts we can do to improve the health of the children in our communities for generations to come.
Why is winning Pacify's Diversity in Lactation Scholarship is meaningful to you?
I was so excited to hear that I was awarded the 2022 Pacify scholarship. It definitely will help to alleviate some of the financial burden associated with the cost of required classes and testing associated with becoming an IBCLC. I also felt like my voice was heard throughout this entire process. It means a lot to communities of color, that an organization is committed to making institutional changes in order to diversify the lactation field.
About the Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship
Pacify is committed to playing an active role in promoting diversity within the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) community. Our scholarship, which we award with partners across the country, covers up to $1000 of the costs associated with becoming a first-time IBCLC.
Learn more about our Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship here.