WHAT IS AN INTERNATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT® (IBCLC®)?
An IBCLC is a healthcare professional specializing in the clinical management of breastfeeding and lactation. IBCLCs are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® under the direction of the U.S. National Commission for Certifying Agencies. 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. Learn more on our What is an IBCLC? page.
ILCA’s Find a Lactation Consultant directory lists IBCLCs who are current members of ILCA. All entries are verified as holding a current IBCLC credential. If you are an IBCLC, but not a member, join ILCA today!
WHY A FAMILY MIGHT NEED AN IBCLC
A board-certified lactation consultant is an invaluable asset to breastfeeding families, reassuring you when breastfeeding and lactation are going well, and by providing information and support to help prevent and manage common concerns. IBCLCs help with:
- Prenatal counseling about the factors that may affect breastfeeding and lactation
- Basic position and latch of the infant
- Information about practices that promote successful breastfeeding and lactation
- Preventing and managing common concerns such as poor latch, inadequate milk transfer or supply, nipple or breast pain, and calming a fussy baby
- Milk expression and storage for parents who must be separated from their babies
- Strategies for breastfeeding and lactation after returning to work
- Breastfeeding and lactation in challenging situations, such as feeding twins or triplets, a premature or sick infant, or infants in special medical situations.
IBCLCs are members of the allied healthcare profession, so it is appropriate for them to charge for the time they spend in a lactation consultation. The fees may be covered by your health insurance or health ministry program, but you will have to ask your IBCLC. ILCA provides this directory as a service to the public by providing a list of names of ILCA members (who are IBCLCs) in your area and who may be available for a consultation. ILCA does not set fees, nor engage in any dispute resolution involving individual families and lactation consultants. ILCA does not endorse the services or products of any individual IBCLC.