• J. Tretler

Do I need a "Board Certified" breastfeeding specialist?

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. 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

When you are hiring a person to work with you and your precious baby, look for a professional. Read about the person's education and credentials and hire the one you feel most confident with.

Best wishes to you and your family!

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