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. There are approximately 33,400 IBCLCs in 125 countries and territories.
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 of breast milk
- 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.
A notice about Privacy:
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law designed to protect your privacy whenever your health care providers, like the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), have to discuss your case, or send information about you to different offices. Kimberly Kelk, IBCLC will not contact your health care provider, or discuss any information gathered in our phone calls or video visits with your health care providers. Signing below indicates that you understand this, and that you take full responsibility for contacting your own personal OBGYN/your infant’s medical provider for medical advice, diagnoses, weight checks as needed, etc. Kimberly Kelk, IBCLC’s role will be assisting with lactation questions such as latch, positioning, how often to feed, etc. Please note that Kimberly Kelk, IBCLC will not be keeping any records of the lactation assistance given over the phone or video. If any notes are taken by Kimberly, the papers will be shredded.