Why choose an IBCLC?
Updated: Apr 28, 2021
What is an IBCLC? Well....... (skip to the end for the short version)
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (that's why we shorten it!).
(getting the theme here?)
What do we know? (LOTS!)
Anatomy and physiology of adults and infants
Medical concerns related to parent/baby
Policy regarding infant feeding
Many, many, many tips and tricks for resolving common breastfeeding issues
How did we get here?
14 Compulsory Health Sciences
90+ hours of lactation specific education
1000+ hours of experience (that's 125 full working days! Commonly voluntary!)
The exam! 4 hours! Phew!
Recertification every 5 years with another 75 hours of continuing learning.
Why you may need us:
Pain during feeds
Weight Gain issues
Tongue Tie support
Appropriate supplemental feeding (formula)
Ultimately we are health professionals who have trained to support the management of breast/chest feeding.......
Basically, we know boobs.
Thanks for reading!
Amy (IBCLC, Lactation Cymru)