What is an IBCLC?
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a healthcare professional that specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), independently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).
Do I Need A Consult?
Many women who do great breastfeeding in the hospital may experience difficulties upon returning home. The sooner we can meet and observe a feeding the better, as some issues can get worse with each feeding.
Common complaints that would benefit from a consult include:
- Sore, cracked nipples or painful breastfeeding
- Clogged ducts
- Mastitis (if you suspect mastitis, please call your physician immediately)
- Painful latching, difficulty latching or unsure if latch is correct
- Baby with jaundice
- Concern that baby is not getting enough
- Baby that needs supplementation
- Low milk supply or concerns about low milk supply
- Previous breast surgery
- Breastfeeding multiples
What Happens During A Consult?
We offer in-store and in-home breastfeeding consultations by an IBCLC. In-store lactation rooms are complete with a couch for dad and other family members! Our consultations usually last 1-1.5 hours allowing us time to talk and to evaluate a full feeding. We also have a hospital grade scale to tell us how much milk baby takes in during a feeding, which most moms find helpful and reassuring. Many breastfeeding challenges can be resolved in one visit and others can be more of a work in progress. Either way, we will work with you to create a breastfeeding plan that you feel comfortable with and will follow-up with you as needed. You will receive educational information as well as a customized summary of our visit via e-mail.
It's the middle of the night and you're struggling to breastfeed your little one. "This is supposed to be easy and natural?!" Stay strong, Mama. Modern Milk is here to help.
We find that lots of our Moms find us late at night when they're googling for support, help, tips, tricks, and guidance. Although we can't come to your house right there and then- though we wish we could- we can make a plan to meet with you (in store or at your home!) the next day or the day after!
Feeling frantic? Email Rebecca, at Rebecca@modernmilk.com with "URGENT LACTATION APPT. NEEDED" in the subject line now.
She'll personally receive your email first thing in the morning and our closest Modern Milk location will call you as soon as we open our doors in the morning.
Not up for emailing? Give us a call now and leave a voicemail or call us at 9 am Monday-Saturday.
We'll get you scheduled in no time.
No mom should feel alone or helpless when it comes to Breastfeeding. Help is here. We'll get through this together, Mama. Namomste.