Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship

Building the future workforce of culturally sensitive caregivers

In the U.S., the number of board-certified lactation consultants of color does not reflect the diversity of the perinatal population. We aim to make it easier for candidates who have been historically underrepresented in the field to join the profession and for more new parents to receive culturally sensitive care.

How it works

Pacify partners with health plans and public health organizations to build scholarship programs that:

  • Reach aspiring IBCLCs of color within the communities they serve;
  • Award scholarships to select applicants; and
  • Support applicants on their journey to become infant feeding experts.
Continued support

Pacify offers several $1000 IBCLC scholarships through our Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship Program. While the award removes some of the financial barriers, there is more Pacify can do to support our winners.

That is why we have created the Pacify Lactation Mentorship Program, in which current Pacify Lactation Consultants serve as Mentors for scholarship awardees for a year long mentorship program. This program is meant to holistically support Mentees along the path to becoming an IBCLC. With support from Pacify’s Clinical Department, Mentors will provide a framework for navigating the IBCLC pathways, choosing an education program, reviewing clinical cases, preparing for the exam, interviewing skills and more.

Pacify is committed to not only removing financial barriers, but also to contributing to the success of future IBCLCs. We believe that by nurturing diversity we ensure the future of a healthy and relevant lactation profession.

Off to a great start, but a long way to go

To date, Pacify has awarded $19,000 in scholarships to aspiring IBCLCs in 12 states.

Help us build a more diverse lactation consulting workforce

Partner with Pacify to help aspiring candidates become board-certified lactation consultants.

The 2023 scholarship application window is July 1, 2023 to September 30, 2023.

If you'd like to prepare your application for upcoming scholarships, please keep in mind the requirements below.  Applicants will need to:

  • Satisfy requirements set forth by the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Examiners.

  • If selected as one of the final candidates, complete a video interview with the Pacify team.