Updated: Jun 2, 2019
There are many times when young mothers are lost and confused about breastfeeding problems and have no clue about whom and when to seek help from.
So what does an IBCLC Lactation Consultant offer? An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is the professional level of qualification in breastfeeding assistance. Lactation Consultants can come from a health professional background. Only "IBCLC" Lactation Consultants are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, through a rigorous examination process after several years of clinical experience helping breastfeeding mothers and babies and further advanced study, with a code of ethics, a professional scope of practice ensuring that all IBCLCs provide safe, competent and evidence-based care, and with continued education requirements for regular recertification.
The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential is the highest credential in the field of lactation. An IBCLC is a healthcare professional trained to provide clinical expertise in the management of lactation from pregnancy through weaning
Look for the "IBCLC" certification to be sure that your professional breastfeeding support has qualified through this rigorous programme and exam. You can Use the search feature below to verify if an individual is certified by IBLCE.
When to Seek a Lactation Consultants help.
Many women / new Mothers experience difficulty when breastfeeding, particularly during the initial first weeks. With the proper support, education and time most issues can be overcome, and breastfeeding can be a healthy, satisfying experience for mother and baby.
You Need Help when
►Your baby does not latch onto your breast or latch on is difficult
►You have sore, cracked, painful nipples
►You are severely engorged and the baby is now struggling to latch
►You are concerned that your baby is not receiving enough milk (Inadequate supply)
▪ Your baby isn’t urinating at least 5 - 6 times a day by day 6
▪ Your baby isn’t having at least 3 yellow, runny stools in 24 hours by day 6
▪ Your baby is very sleepy and not waking for feeds
▪ Your baby cries all the time
▪ Your baby hasn’t regained birth weight at two weeks
▪ Inadequate weight gain by the baby
►Breastfeeding for Preterm babies
►You had a previous difficult breastfeeding experience
►You need reassurance / guidance that you are doing it “right”
►Breastfeeding for babies born through Surrogacy / Adoptive mothers
►Breast Abscess / Infections
When to Seek a Lactation Consultants help?