I still want to earn my full IBCLC accreditation, but realistically I don't see it happening in the next year or two. I found this Lactation Education Counselor program to work towards in the meantime. At the end, I'll have some letters behind my name so I'm not just some random person who is interested in supporting breastfeeding moms; I'll be a certified random person who is interested in supporting breastfeeding moms! I called myself a "lactation enthusiast" at a recent breastfeeding coalition meeting. Thankfully, I was in a room full of IBCLCs, peer counselors, nursing moms, and supporters, so no one thought I was creepy!
Seriously though, I'm so excited to start this and can't wait for the text book to come in so I can start reading. Getting some kind of lactation certification was the most important resolution on my list. I'm looking forward to this new chapter of my life.