An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a healthcare professional who specialises in the clinical management of breastfeeding. This certification requires extensive experience working with breastfeeding mothers, rigorous lactation specific education and a passing a demanding certification exam.
Due to my own struggles with breastfeeding, I developed a passion for helping other mothers to feed their babies. I worked with the Australian Breastfeeding Association as a breastfeeding counsellor for close to 15 years and went on to certify as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2016.
As a lactation consultant I can:
- Assist expectant parents to prepare for breastfeeding. This is especially important for mothers that have had previous difficulty breastfeeding, those that have had breast surgery or those that are planning a cesarean birth.
- Assess breastfeeding problems.
- Work with mothers to create a breastfeeding management plan.
- Provide continued support to assist mothers to reach their breastfeeding goals.
Some of the problems that I may be able to assist you with include:
- Insufficient milk supply
- Latch issues
- Painful breastfeeding
- Blocked ducts
- Poor infant growth