What Is an IBCLC and Why Would You Need One?

peer counselor helping mom.jpgToday, March 6 is IBCLC day, and in recognition, we're giving you the scoop on IBCLCs. If you're pregnant or recently gave birth and plan to/are breastfeeding, an International Board of Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), is important to know and work with to provide care, support, and troubleshooting with breastfeeding. 


♦ Is a healthcare professional who provides clinical care, support, and management of breastfeeding for new parents

♦ Can be found in either a hospital, in the labor and delivery and postpartum units, or in a private practice

♦ Helps with issues like difficulty latching, sore nipples, breast infection, positioning problems, twins/multiples, milk supply, returning to work, and more

♦ Can be found on the United States Lactation Consultant Association directory

♦ Costs between $120-$200+ for a private consultation, which can be reimbursed by some insurance carriers

♦ Provides private in-home or in-office consultations 

♦ Differs from a Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) due to more extensive training and hands-on practice

♦ Is an invaluable asset to the success and enjoyment of your breastfeeding experience!


To leave a comment, click on the Comment icon on the left side of the screen.  

Connect with Us
Facebook Twitter Pintrest Instagram YouTube

Download our App
Your Pregnancy Week by Week
Find A Lamaze Class
Lamaze Online Parent Education
Lamaze Video Library
Push for Your Baby

Recent Stories
Get the Most Out of Your Maternity Leave

10 Fun Ways to Fit in Exercise During Pregnancy

Learn More About Having a Doula -- Read Up During International Doula Month!