Why an IBCLC?
We have the highest lactation credential in the field
Most of our members are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) or are aspiring to become IBCLCs. Some members have training in lactation education or peer counseling, such as La Leche League Leaders. Some members have complementary credentials in perinatal support and education and other related health care fields.
The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding has acknowledged that "International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are the only health care professionals certified in lactation care. They have specific clinical expertise and training in the clinical management of complex problems with lactation."
We meet the highest professional and ethical standards
The term "lactation consultant" is not trade marked. Anyone can claim to be a lactation consultant. No one, however, can rightfully claim to be an International "Board Certified" Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) without meeting the rigorous standards of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). The certification status of IBCLCs can be verified by their ID card or on the IBLCE website.
We Work Collaboratively
As allied health professionals, our goal is to coordinate care between the health care providers as part of a team to preserve and promote your family’s goals within the larger context of the health and wellness of parent and baby.
We collaborate with and learn from:
Speech and feeding therapists
Therapists specializing in perinatal mood disorders
Ear, nose, and throat doctors (otolaryngologists)