Why An IBCLC

®

There are many ‘breastfeeding counselors’ out there. While most are helpful, when seeking professional lactation support this can be confusing to parents.

 

The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential identifies a knowledgeable infant feeding specialist and experienced member of the maternal-child health team who has specialized clinical skills in breastfeeding management and care.

IBCLCs have to take a minimum of 14 health science courses at an accredited university or college, at least 90 hours of lactation specific education, and complete between 300-1000 supervised clinical hours. (This is more clinical hours than most nursing programs require for eligibility to sit for the NCLEX). After completion of these criteria and verification by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc. (www.iblce.org) the IBCLC candidate is eligible to sit for a rigorous examination. Attainment of the IBCLC credential signifies that the practitioner has demonstrated the clinical knowledge to provide holistic, evidence-based, family-centered care from preconception to weaning.To work together with families to develop and implement individualized feeding plans to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems and to collaborate with other members of the health care team. 

 

IBCLCs must also keep up with current research. Proof of continuing education by accredited entities is required to maintain certification. IBCLCs must take 75 continuing education credits every 5 years or retake the accredation exam. This is equivalent to the continuing education required to maintain a registered nursing license in the state of New Jersey. All IBCLCs wishing to maintain the credential must re-sit for the IBCLC exam every 10 years. 

 

Some of the diverse situations and obstacles we can assist you with:

  • Latching issues, sore/damaged nipples, engorgement, breast pain, thrush, vasospasms

  • Plugged ducts, clogged nipple pores, mastitis, breast abcesses

  • Obtaining a pump from your insurance company, choosing and learning how to use a pump, safe breastmilk handling and storage, exclusive pumping, hand expression, weaning from the pump, returning to work or school outside the home, and introducing bottles

  • Getting an exclusively bottle fed baby back to the breast

  • How to tell if baby is getting enough milk 

  • Understanding normal newborn behavior/sleep wake patterns, safe sleep sharing and co-sleeping practices, night weaning

  • How to manage breastfeeding a newborn when you have other children to care for

  • Nursing multiples and tandem nursing

  • Biting, breastfeeding in public, nursing strikes

  • Overactive letdown, oversupply

  • Premature babies, recent NICU graduates, infants with special needs, infants with cleft lip/palate, NAS, food intolerances, reflux, FPIES, or galactosemia

  • Relactation, induced lactation

  • Weaning off a nipple shield

  • Tethered oral tissues (tongue, lip, and buccal ties)

  • Anxiety regarding lactation and breastfeeding

  • Galactagogues and lactogenic diet

  • Weaning

Lucky Baby Lactation

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Michelle Farfel, MA, IBCLC

Laura Sarantinoudis-Jones BS, IBCLC

54 Broad St, Suite 204, Red Bank, NJ

121 Friends Ln, Suite 100 Newtown, PA

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