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Mentorship Program

An intensive mentorship program with 500 h of lactation specific clinical practise where you will gain all the clinical skills and knowledge you need to become an IBCLC.



with Paola as your mentor.

about your mentor


Paola Vallarino IEP IBCLC CBS

Paola is a lactation consultant with over 10 years of medical background and extensive clinical experience in Lactation Medicine.

She is an Internationally Educated Physician, a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (L-303520), the gold standard certification for health professionals working with breastfeeding families. Paola also holds a Diploma in Child Nutrition. She’s always updating her knowledge with continuing education and she's also certified as a Sleep Specialist, a Craniosacral Therapist and a Baby-Led Weaning Educator.

This mentorship program is a structured, defined relationship between an applicant and IBCLC(s) which must be preapproved by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). The mentorship will be developed according to the IBLCE Pathway 3 Plan.

For detailed information about the process contact us.


Please know that there's a waiting list so we encourage you to apply soon and include your preferable date when you would like to start the program. 


Phase 1:
Observation of IBCLC Mentor(s)

Begins with line of sight observation of the IBCLC mentor engaged in practice AND/OR direct observation through use of a secure technology platform which facilitates synchronous twoway audio and visual communication.


Phase 2:
Transition to Clinical Practice

Includes clinical practice experience under the direct observation and guidance of the IBCLC mentor who is physically in the room with the applicant OR through the use of a secure technology platform which facilitates synchronous two-way audio and visual communication until the skill is mastered.


Phase 3:
Supervised Independent Practice

Culminates with independent practice by the applicant, with the IBCLC mentor either physically nearby to assist if needed OR available via a secure technology platform which facilitates synchronous two-way audio and visual communication.


"Paola is an outstanding mentor with a wealth of information that needs to be shared with as many people as possible!


I am honoured to have been able to work along side her over the past few months. It was an honour to complete my clinical hours with her. She was genuinely invested in the growth and development of my practice and learning. She truly put her heart in to making my time at Mamas Au Lait the best possible experience.

Thank you for taking me under your wing Paola, 
Deena Zacks."

Becoming an
International Board Certified
Lactation Consultant

is one step away.
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