What Is a Lactation Consultant?

A Lactation Consultant is considered an expert in the field of lactation management.  The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) must pass an internationally standardized exam and document the thousands of practice hours to become a certified Lactation Consultant.

The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential identifies a knowledgeable and experienced member of the maternal-child health team who has specialized skills in breastfeeding management and care. The IBLCE certification program offers the only credential in lactation consulting and is available globally.

IBCLCs have passed a rigorous examination that demonstrates the ability to provide competent, comprehensive lactation and breastfeeding care. Attainment of the IBCLC credential signifies that the practitioner has demonstrated competence to:

* work together with mothers to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems

* collaborate with other members of the health care team to provide comprehensive care that supports, protects and promotes breastfeeding

* encourage a social environment that supports breastfeeding families

* educate families, health professionals and policy makers about the far-reaching and long-lasting value of breastfeeding as a global public health imperative.

With a focus on preventive health care, IBCLCs encourage self-care, empowering parents to make their own decisions. IBCLCs use a problem solving approach to provide evidenced-based information to pregnant and breastfeeding women and make appropriate referrals to other members of the health care team.
Source:  http://americas.iblce.org/what-is-an-ibclc

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