What is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)?
a lactation consultant is an expert:
An IBCLC is a lactation consultant who has been certified through the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, and held to the highest standards in evidenced-based practice in lactation and breastfeeding care.
WHY WOULD I WANT An ibclc lactation consultant?
Research shows that people who are supported by lactation consultants have a higher rate of exclusive breastfeeding infants by three months of age.
A lactation consultant gives you emotional and physical support throughout your baby-feeding journey.
A lactation consultant provides up-to-date education on all methods of feeding your new baby, as well as self-care for you and your breasts.
A lactation consultant works in tandem with your medical personnel.
A lactation consultant does not make clinical decisions or interventions, but rather evaluates your wants, needs and situation and makes recommendations for you and your new little one.
A lactation consultant can help you know what to ask or tell your healthcare provider and understand their answers.
A lactation consultant can help you be brave in difficult baby-feeding situations, and especially if you are a member of an institutionally oppressed people (minority race, LGBTQIA, disabled, sex worker, etc.).