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.