What is a an IBCLC?
An IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and is an important member of the maternal-child health team. A Lactation Consultant provides the highest level of expert breastfeeding care to mothers needing assistance and have an overall goal of promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
What type of education does an IBCLC have?
IBCLCs must complete education in 14 health science subjects (similar to the prerequisites required for nursing school). In addition, an IBCLC has completed a minimum of 90 hours of lactation specific education and at least 300 hours of directly supervised lactation specific clinical practice. Finally, an IBCLC has passed a board exam, demonstrating mastery of lactation knowledge and clinical expertise in helping breastfeeding mothers.
What do IBCLCs do/do not do?
IBCLCs educate, evaluate, observe, assist, recommend, empower, and support women in breastfeeding. An IBCLC does not give a medical diagnosis or prescribe medications.
Why might I need the help of an IBCLC?
Many generations ago new mothers received breastfeeding help from their mothers, grandmothers, and other female relatives or close friends. Over the past 50 years, changes in infant feeding practices have made this type of personal support difficult.
Well-meaning friends and family members may make many different suggestions on what helped them, but this can often confuse new mothers. IBCLCs are clinical experts in breastfeeding and provide evidence based care and clarity amidst chaos. I am here to help you meet your breastfeeding goals, and empower you as a woman and new mother along the way.
What type of issues can you help me with?
- Latching and positioning problems
- Flat or inverted nipples
- Low milk supply
- Weight gain issues
- Engorgement or oversupply
- Nipple or breast pain
- Plugged ducts
- Returning to work issues
- Transitioning home from the NICU
- Any much more...
What should I do to prepare for my visit?
I will need a complete record of your baby’s weight (including birth weight, lowest weight, and all weights checked at doctor appointments). I will also need access to a clean, flat, hard surface for my scale. Animals can be unpredictable with visitors when a new baby comes home, so it is best to secure pets in a different area of the house. I absolutely do not care about the cleanliness of your home! Please do not spend any time cleaning before your home visit.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not currently bill insurance, though I am working on becoming able to do so. I can provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance for reimbursement, although I cannot guarantee they will pay. Unfortunately, Tricare will not reimburse the services of a Lactation Consultant when provided by anyone other than an MD, CNM, NP, PA, or RN.