What is a Lactation Consultant?
The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential identifies a knowledgeable and experienced member of the maternal-child health team who has specialized skills in breastfeeding management and care.
IBCLCs have passed a rigorous examination that demonstrates the ability to provide knowledgeable, comprehensive lactation and breastfeeding care. Attainment of the IBCLC credential signifies that the practitioner has demonstrated knowledge to:
- work together with mothers to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems
- collaborate with other members of the health care team to provide comprehensive care that protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding
- encourage a social environment that supports breastfeeding families
- educate families, health professionals and policy makers about the far-reaching and long-lasting value of breastfeeding as a global public health imperative
What can an IBCLC help with:
- Assistance with breastfeeding positions and latch techniques
- Breastfeeding education and support
- Infant feeding and supplementation plans
- Management of breast and nipple issues (nipple pain, engorgement, plugged ducts, mastitis)
- Strategies for increasing and decreasing milk production
- Strategies for weaning and introduction to solids foods
- Strategies for returning to work (pumping, feeding schedules, introducing bottles)
- Nutrition advice for breastfeeding mothers
- Inducting lactation and relactation
- Assistance transitioning infant from bottle to breast
And much more.