WHAT IS AN IBCLC

 

The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is the highest professional qualification in the lactation field.

 

IBCLC is a worldwide recognised qualification. 

 

Prior to sitting the rigorous exams, alongside theoretical studies participants must have at least 1,000 hours of proven clinical breastfeeding experience working with breastfeeding mothers and babies.

 

IBCLCs are regulated by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and are required to recertify every 5 years by sitting an examination or by Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs).

 

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are highly experienced, trained, qualified and knowledgeable in all areas of lactation.IBCLCs can help with both basic and complex breastfeeding challenges to help mothers and babies breastfeed.

 

IBCLCs are also obliged to work according to the IBLCE Code of Professional Conduct and carry full professional insurance.

Please note that there are many people giving breastfeeding advice as a 'Lactation Consultant".

When looking for a lactation consultant always make sure that they are IBCLC and their license is still valid. 

Please check https://iblce.org/public-registry/