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What is an IBCLC and How Can They Help Breastfeeding Moms?

Just as there are specialists in cardiology for heart problems, physical therapists for recovering from bone or muscle injuries, and dentists that focus on oral health, there are specially trained breastfeeding experts that work within healthcare. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners®, Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies. An IBCLC works in a wide variety of health care settings, including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice. You can learn more about how to find breastfeeding help in our post ‘How to Find Breastfeeding Help When Mom Needs it Most.’

When do I need an IBCLC?

IBCLCs are trained and qualified to help with any issues or questions with breastfeeding. These include (but not limited to):

  • Any issue or concern you have about breastfeeding
  • Sore and cracked nipples
  • Painful/ inability to latch
  • Low milk supply
  • Weight gain issues
  • Relactation and adoptive breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding more than one baby
  • Breastfeeding when mom or baby are ill
  • Breastfeeding premature babies
  • Questions or concerns about pumping or maintaining supply with exclusive pumping

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Emily Sylvester

Emily Sylvester is the Founder & CEO of Mother of Fact. As a Licensed Registered Dietitian, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and Mom of 3, she's helped thousands of families in many low/middle income communities feel confident and supported in their feeding journey. Her mission is to eliminate the deficit of equitable breastfeeding & formula feeding help for all households & healthcare systems.
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