The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC®) is a valued member of the maternal-child healthcare team displaying the highest level of education and expertise with specialized skills in breastfeeding care and management. The IBCLC® credential is the highest in the field of lactation. IBCLCs® in the United States are also Registered Lactation Consultants.
Research has shown improved breastfeeding outcomes when mothers and infants receive the services of an IBCLC. The 2011 Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding recommends that the public have access to services provided by IBCLCs. With a focus on health maintenance and disease prevention, IBCLCs encourage self-care by empowering women to establish their own infant feeding goals and to identify strategies for achieving those goals. IBCLCs use a problem solving approach through comprehensive assessment and the development of care plans to promote successful breastfeeding
The IBCLC credential assures families, employers, insurers, and policy makers of clinically competent, evidence-based lactation care and services. While all kinds of breastfeeding support are helpful for mastering the breastfeeding basics, the IBCLC is armed with knowledge and expertise to handle more complex breastfeeding situations. Gained through collegiate level professional education in health sciences, lactation specific coursework, and clinical experience, IBCLCs prove their knowledge through a criterion referenced exam earning them the only certification in lactation qualified as a consultant.
Think of the fees for services I provide as an investment in breastfeeding. After all, a years worth of formula averages about $1,800.00 per year.
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