What is an IBCLC and when to call one

An IBCLC is a healthcare professional that specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding.  IBCLCs are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies.  In addition to studying the comprehensive science of breastfeeding, an IBCLC has to work hundreds of hours with nursing families to be eligible to sit for the board exam.  After certification, IBCLCs are required to do 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years to maintain their certification and have to recertify by exam every 10 years.

 

You may need the help of an IBCLC if you or your baby experience any of the following:

 

For Mom:

•    Minimal or no breast changes during pregnancy

•    History of breast surgery

•    Pain with breastfeeding

•    Engorgement

•    Plugged ducts or mastitis

•    Milk supply issues

•    Using a nipple shield

•    Planning to return to work

•    Relactation or inducing lactation

 

For Baby:

•    Refusal to latch

•    Persistent difficulty with latch

•    Jaundice

•    Inadequate weight gain

•    Inadequate diaper counts

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