We asked IBCLCs from all over world what lactation consultants do and when families should seek their help.
WHAT is an IBCLC?
An IBCLC is a healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding and chestfeeding.
As Zoe Faulkner, an IBCLC in the United Kingdom, shared, “IBCLC lactation consultants provide experienced, expert and evidence based support to families, appropriate to the families circumstances, from establishing feeding in the early days to managing a complex situation.”
WHY should I seek the care of an IBCLC?
Lactation consultants shared with us a variety of reasons that you might seek an IBCLC. We summed them up for you here:
WHEN should I consult an IBCLC?
Lactation consultants can help any time you have questions about breastfeeding and chestfeeding. From pregnancy and birth throughout your feeding relationship, an IBCLC can support you.
As Micaela Notarangelo, an IBCLC in Italy shared, “IBCLCs offer solutions, explanation, empowering, and support. We are supported by knowledge, experience, understanding, and empathy.”
WHERE can I find an IBCLC?
IBCLCs work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice, where care is provided in your home or the consultant’s office in the community.