What is an IBCLC?

An IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. The goal of an IBCLC is to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.  As an IBCLC in private practice, my purpose is to support private clients in their breastfeeding goals with best practice strategies and information.  There is no one rule of breastfeeding that will work for all women.  As a private client, I can help you find the strategies and techniques for breastfeeding success that meet your individual needs.

Why work with an IBCLC?
The IBCLC is the only internationally recognized certification of competence in the field of lactation management.  An IBCLC has a specific core of competency, scope of practice, and professional ethics, set by the International Board of Lactation Consultants Examiners.  When you work with an IBCLC, you can be assured that you are receiving the most current standard of care, based on evidence and experience.

An IBCLC can assist you with breastfeeding challenges both simple and complex, including:

Adjusting to life with a newborn
Adoptive nursing
Baby wearing
Breast refusal
Choosing a pump
Cleft lip/cleft palate
Cultural issues
Dealing with criticism
Dental and oral health
Disabled or handicapped mothers or babies
Elimination patterns
Failure to thrive
Fertility issues
Frequency of breastfeeding
Getting enough sleep
How to tell baby is getting enough milk
How the birthing affects breastfeeding
Introducing solids
Losing weight after childbirth
Low milk supply
Milk banking and milk sharing
Milk storage

Nipple confusion
Normal newborn behavior
Nursing during pregnancy
Nursing multiples
Nursing outside of the home
Nursing strikes
Overactive letdown
Post partum depression
Premature babies
Preparing to breastfeed
Pumping issues
Reduction and augmentation surgeries
Returning to work or school
Sexual abuse
Sick mother or baby
Sore breasts – mastitis, plugged ducts, abcesses
Suckling difficulties
Sore nipples
Tandem nursing
Too much milk
Weaning, including night weaning

More about the role and expertise of an IBCLC is available from the IBLCE.