- J. Tretler
Do I need a "Board Certified" breastfeeding specialist?
Updated: Jan 25, 2022
When you search for help with breastfeeding you may have seen the credential "IBCLC". Do you know what that means and why it matters?
The letters stand for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Professionals with this credential have passed a rigorous training program by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. www.IBLCE.org
It can take a person years to complete the certification process.
An IBCLC has achieved the highest credential in the field of lactation and specializes in addressing concerns such as difficult or painful latch, slow weight gain, sore nipples or milk supply issues. Many Board Certified Lactation Consultants are also licensed Registered Nurses. This is not a requirement of certification, but it can be an added benefit to clients.
An IBCLC must adhere to the strict Professional Standards and Code of Professional Conduct set forth by the credentialing board. You may visit the board's website to verify a person's credentials and good standing www.IBLCE.org
When you are hiring a person to work with you and your precious baby, look for an IBCLC professional. Be aware that there are many programs out there that will give a certificate to any person who completes an online course and has zero clinical experience in the field of lactation. Be sure to research the person's education and credentials and hire the one you feel most confident with.
Best wishes to you and your family!