What is an IBCLC?

mommaWhat is an IBCLC?

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional that specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding.  IBCLCs are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies. IBCLCs work in a wide variety of health care settings, including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice.  A Lactation Consultant may also maintain other medical credentials such as Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner or Registered Dietician though this is not mandatory.

IBCLCs are:

  • Recognized the world over as possessing the only standardized, board certified lactation credential available
  • Knowledgeable about up-to-date evidence-based practices in lactation as demonstrated through a rigorous exam process
  • Experienced in a wide variety of complex breastfeeding situations
  • Competent to assist mothers with establishing and sustaining breastfeeding, even in the midst of difficulties and high-risk situations that can arise
  • Sensitive to the needs of both mothers and children as they work to help mothers meet their breastfeeding goals
  • Ethical in their practice, abiding by Standards of Practice and a Code of Ethics and working within a defined Scope of Practice

Do I need to see a Lactation Consultant?

You may find a private consultation helpful if:

  • You want to learn more about breastfeeding before your baby comes
  • You want an educated experienced person to observe a feeding and offer further education or support
  • Your newborn is not latching or you are having pain during the latch
  • You have signs of engorgement or continued nipple pain
  • Your newborn does not appear to be satisfied after a feed
  • Your baby is not feeding 8-10 times in a 24 hour period after the third day
  • You are concerned about your milk supply
  • You have what appear to be signs or symptoms of a plugged duct or mastitis
  • Your baby is slow to gain weight
  • You would like information on renting and using a breastpump
  • You will be returning to work and expressing milk
  • You have decided to express breast milk and bottle feed

What will take place at the initial consult?

I will review your health, pregnancy, labor, delivery and discuss your present breastfeeding experience. I will also discuss your present and future goals for breastfeeding your baby. A weight will be taken on my specialized scale before the start of the nursing session and a repeat weight may be taken at the end of the feeding session. I will then observe the baby feeding at the breast, make an assessment and provide you with a detailed Care Plan specific to your feeding experience and your personal goals. A follow-up appointment or phone support will be discussed.

* The Tanita baby weigh scale is able to assess the intake of your baby with the accuracy of 2 grams or ½ tsp.




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