What can an IBCLC do for you?


“An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) is a healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®), independently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). An IBCLC works in a wide variety of settings, providing leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research in the lactation field.”   * http://www.ilca.org/main/why-ibclc/ibclc

As an IBCLC, I am humbled and grateful that so many loving families entrust me with such a delicate time in their lives. They are relieved to find support that comes to their door, in the privacy and sanctuary of their own home.  Education and consultations can be both prenatal and postnatal, as well as during special times such as starting employment or weaning.

  • Health and lactation history for parent & birth and medical history for baby/child
  • Functional breastfeeding assessment – Assess latch – Observe infant regulation
  • Pre weight and post weight – Evaluate milk transfer using scale, senses and diaper counts
  • Pumping and flange fit for supplementing baby or parent choice
  • Parent education on normal infant needs and expectations
  • Teaching of paced bottle feeding, feeding and stress cues (hunger & full)
  • High needs – fussy baby support
  • Feeding plan for short-term and long-term goals
  • Discuss home routines and help for parents, including sleep cues
  • Communication with your child’s health care provider
  • Community referrals – OT, PT, SPL, etc.
  • Follow-up via email, text or phone at parent preference
  • Encourage self-advocacy – empowering parents is my main role!!
  • Sleep expectations vs. realities – Infant 24 hour needs
  • Transitions and milestones – changes over time
  • Dealing with sleep deprivation
  • Breastfeeding or pumping at night
  • Milk supply concerns
  • Back-to-work/school
  • Weaning information, safely weaning, emergency weaning
  • Special situations – adoption, re-lactation, surrogacy
  • Special needs – muscle tone, torticollis, sensory integration, etc


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