What do IBCLC credentials mean?
An IBCLC is a healthcare professional who has achieved the highest accreditation in the specialization of lactation. IBCLSs train for 2-5 (or more) years, and complete 90 hours of lactation-specific education and 300-1000 hours of hands-on clinical hours. To maintain their accreditation, IBCLCs re-certify every five years by examination or by continuing education and a continuing education self-assessment
What do IBCLCs do?
Assist with lactation needs
Assist with latch and positioning
Assist with pump selection, and information, and plan a pumping schedule
Education about storage of breast milk
Provide information about medications that you can share with your doctor
Make referrals to other healthcare professionals to improve breastfeeding outcomes.
Assist with plans for:
- Relieving engorgement,
- Improving low milk supply or over supply of breast milk,
- Relieving sore nipples or painful breastfeeding,
- Latch refusal,
- A fussy baby, a baby that spits up frequently, a baby that feeds all the time,
- Improving infant weight issues,
- Improving feedings at the breast when the infant was born premature or late pre-term,
- Breastfeeding an adopted baby,
- Nursing multiple babies,
- Tandem breastfeeding,
- Resolving mastitis, and plugged ducts,
- Infant or maternal illness.