What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)?
International Board Certified Lactation Consultants function and contribute as members of the maternal-child health team. They provide care in a variety of settings while making appropriate referrals to other health professionals and community support resources. Working together with mothers, families, policymakers, and society, IBCLC certificants provide expert breastfeeding and lactation care, promote changes that support breastfeeding and help reduce the risks of not breastfeeding. International Board of Lactation Examiners (IBLCE)
What are the benefits of breastfeeding or feeding my baby breastmilk?
BENEFITS FOR INFANTS
Infants who are breastfed have reduced risks of:
BENEFITS FOR MOTHERS
Breastfeeding can help lower a mother’s risk of:
What can I expect during my initial lactation consult?
What happens after our visit?
You will have access to your care plan within 24 hours through the MilkNotes parent portal; I can also provide a copy to your pediatrician and any other healthcare providers you would like me to at your request.
ALL consults with me include 2 weeks of email, secure messaging, or text support. I expect to hear from you, and you are NOT bothering me!
How can I schedule an appointment with you?
All scheduling is done online - you can choose the time that works best for you.
I believe all parents should have access to quality lactation support. An appointment with me costs way less than the option of NOT breastfeeding. In addition, babies who are not breastfed are associated with an increased incidence of infectious morbidity, including otitis media, gastroenteritis, pneumonia, elevated risks of childhood obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, leukemia, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
For mothers, failure to breastfeed is associated with an increased incidence of premenopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer, retained gestational weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and other metabolic syndromes.
When should I schedule my initial lactation consultation?
As soon as you can! Breastfeeding difficulties are best addressed as quickly as possible.
If you are exploring the thought of breastfeeding your baby and are visiting my site during pregnancy - schedule your prenatal consult - this will help you have the best possible start. The best time to schedule your initial lactation consult is between 26- 36 weeks gestation.
Do I need help from a lactation consultant?
If you are experiencing any of the following, you will benefit from the help of a lactation consultant
Painful or difficulty latching
Low milk supply
Too much milk supply
Infant weight loss (higher than 10% loss from the birth weight) or insufficient weight gain two weeks after birth
Fussiness at the breast
Transitioning from bottle to breast or vice-versa
Breast or nipple pain
Infants with special feeding needs, including premature infants
Infant dribbling milk from sides of lips with breast or bottle
Preparing to go back to work
General breastfeeding education