Breastfeeding is a natural process but can also present us with unique challenges we haven’t dealt with before. It is crucial to get early assistance with breastfeeding if you are experiencing difficulties such as (but not limited to) trouble latching on, pain during a feed, plugged ducts, unrelieved engorgement, concerns regarding milk supply or your baby has insufficient weight gain. An IBCLC can help you overcome many of these challenges by providing you with expert advice and the support you need to have a fulfilling breastfeeding experience. International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) are the gold-standard in breastfeeding & lactation care in any setting. From www.ibcle.org: 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. The IBLCE certification program offers the only credential in lactation consulting and is available globally. IBCLCs have passed a rigorous examination that demonstrates the ability to provide competent, comprehensive lactation and breastfeeding care. Attainment of the IBCLC credential signifies that the practitioner has demonstrated competence 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 supports, protects and promotes 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.
With a focus on preventive health care, IBCLCs encourage self-care, empowering parents to make their own decisions. IBCLCs use a problem solving approach to provide evidenced-based information to pregnant and breastfeeding women and make appropriate referrals to other members of the health care team. Please see this link for a good description of the difference between an IBCLC and other lactation designations.