When to consult with an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)
What is an IBCLC?
IBCLC’s are the gold standard in Lactation Care. IBCLC’s are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), which requires re-certification every five years. To become an IBCLC we complete 90 hours of lactation specific education, hold a degree in a health sciences field and have 1000 hours of lactation specific clinical experience. To achieve the re-certification we must take 75 hours of continuing education. IBCLC’s collaborate with health care providers.
When should you consult an IBCLC?
Endless Feedings (usually this is more than 12 feeds in 24hr repeatedly)
You are not sure if your baby is getting enough to eat
Pain while nursing
Breast or nipple pain
Nipple damage (sore, cracked, blistered or bleeding)
Low milk supply
Plugged ducts/ Mastitis
Baby is not latching or not able to maintain the latch
Baby is sleepy at the breast, not nursing actively
Tongue Tie/Lip Tie/Buccal Tie
Baby weight gain issues
Concerns about potential reflux
Transition to solids
Back to work planning
Special health care needs
Breastfeeding and Lactation Education
This list is not meant to cover every reason to consult an IBCLC
IBCLC's can help in numerous ways in common, and complex feeding issues. We are uniquely positioned to assess and create a workable care plan with your feedback that keeps your specific goals in mind.