Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) is a member of your
health care team who has a specialist knowledge of, and primary
focus on, breastfeeding.
are the consultants whom mothers and other health professionals turn
to when skilled assistance is required.
a focus on preventive health care, IBCLCs encourage self-care,
empowering parents to make their own decisions, prenatally and
use a problem solving approach to provide appropriate information,
recommendations and referrals. They work in a variety of settings.
have passed a rigorous certification exam and keep their knowledge
and skills up to date through a compulsory recertification program.
They are required to practice within a Code of Ethics.
What is A
lactation consultation is a professional appointment with an IBCLC.
The consultation can take place either in your home or in an
office setting. The initial session usually takes approximately
1-1/2 to 2 hours to complete.
consultation sessions include:
a prenatal, birth, and feeding history.
of a feeding; milk expression; appearance of the mother, her breast,
the baby, and milk (if seen); pre- and post-feeding weights to
measure volume of intake at the breast, and any other artifacts that
may be pertinent.
feeding assessment, where the consultant carefully and critically
observes the baby's feeding cues, pre-feeding behaviors, and
response to the feeding, as well as the ability to transfer milk –
a complex, integrated activity.
the findings and composing a summary of the plan agreed upon by the
mother and the consultant, which includes any referrals to other
care providers and support services.
a copy of the plan to the mother and reiterating follow-up
a summary and communication with pertinent health care providers.
Conducting follow-up meetings and/or phone calls, as long as needed,
with subsequent documentation and sharing of the plan.