Whether you are pregnant or have already welcomed your new baby, you may have several questions about breastfeeding and caring for your newborn.
Many mothers hope that breastfeeding will come naturally and easily and, while that can certainly be the case, it is also true that breastfeeding can take time for both mother and baby to get the hang of it.
If this is you, you are not alone, and help is here!
What exactly is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and why should you choose one?
An IBCLC is a healthcare provider specialized in the clinical management of breastfeeding. IBCLC’s must meet a minimum set of requirements, including at least 1000 hours of work in the field and lactation specific education, to sit for a board exam that qualifies them to use the title IBCLC. The rigors of the training that IBCLC’s undergo make their credential the gold standard of clinical breastfeeding support. IBCLC’s work in a variety of healthcare settings, and are qualified to assist with complex breastfeeding issues. When seeking paid help for breastfeeding, it is recommended to seek the help of an IBCLC. More information can be found at www.iblce.org or www.ilca.org.
Tatiana Daughtrey, IBCLC
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Serving the Phoenix metro area