Why Choose an IBCLC?
Breastfeeding doesn’t come naturally to most mothers; it is a learned behavior and takes time, support, and experience for mother and baby to build their breastfeeding relationship. The difficulties faced can be painful, frustrating and overwhelming, and lead to a desire to quit and switch to formula. An IBCLC or International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is the best source of evidenced-based breastfeeding information and assistance that will empower you to have a satisfying breastfeeding experience.
• They are the gurus of breastfeeding expertise and support.
• An IBCLC must pass a comprehensive international exam and re-certify every 5 years to ensure that she stays up-to-date with current evidence-based information.
• IBCLC’s help mothers learn how to do everything from how to hold, position, and latch their baby to how to manage complex breastfeeding issues such as low milk supply, high risk babies and much more.
• IBCLC‘s are the ideal professionals to answer personal questions and concerns. Saving your breastfeeding journey with one visit can ultimately save you and your family thousands in formula costs and even more in health care costs.
If you are having breastfeeding trouble, need support, encouragement, or just have questions don’t give up! Let us equip you with the very best support and knowledge to reach your goals!
When to see an IBCLC?
• You want to learn as much as you can about breastfeeding.
• You had trouble in the past nursing your baby.
• You expect more than one baby or a baby who may arrive early or with a medical condition.
• You have had breast surgery in the past or have concerns about your breast anatomy.
• You worry about your health or a diagnosis in your history that may may it difficult for you to breastfeed.
• Breast or nipple pain
• Painful latch & positioning assistance
• Concerns about milk supply (not enough or too much milk)
• Breastfeeding a baby with a tongue or lip tie
• Baby or babies that refuse to nurse
• Returning to work and maintaining supply
• Poor weight gain or infant weight loss
• Breastfeeding twins or a premature baby
• History of breast augmentation or reduction and supply concerns
• Reoccurring plugged ducts, mastitis, or thrush
• Weaning your little one
• And more!
What can our IBCLC’s do to help?
• Explain what may have caused the breastfeeding challenge or concern.
• Offer choices to help you correct the concerns at hand.
• Work with you to provide a plan of care.
• Suggest supplies or tools you may be able to use.
• Provide a plan of care comprised of written instructions, resources, and interventions for you to take home.
• Provide continued support after your appointment to ensure your lactation success.
• Offer suggested resources or follow-up information as needed per your diagnosis.