The 5 Reasons I Love IBCLCs
IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) are healthcare professionals who specialize in providing expert support to families who are breastfeeding or providing breast milk to their infants. They are trained to address a range of breastfeeding and lactation issues, and can support families in a variety of ways.
Here are 5 reasons I love IBCLCs for their support of infant feeding:
Assessing and addressing breastfeeding challenges:
IBCLCs can assess the baby’s latch, the mother’s milk supply, and any other challenges that may be hindering successful breastfeeding. They can then offer practical solutions and support to overcome these challenges, such as teaching proper positioning and latch techniques, addressing nipple pain or damage, and helping to increase milk supply.
Providing education and counseling:
IBCLCs provide families with education and counseling about breastfeeding, including the benefits of breastfeeding, how to know if the baby is getting enough milk, and how to navigate common challenges.
Supporting families with alternative feeding methods:
In cases where breastfeeding is not possible or desired, IBCLCs can support families in exploring alternative feeding methods, such as using a breast pump, feeding with a bottle, or using donor milk.
Working with healthcare professionals:
IBCLCs can work alongside other healthcare professionals, such as pediatricians, obstetricians, physical therapists, and nurses, to provide comprehensive care for families and their infants.
Advocating for breastfeeding:
IBCLCs are often involved in advocacy efforts to promote and support breastfeeding, both on an individual and societal level. They may work to ensure that families have access to supportive resources and services, or work to promote policies that protect and support breastfeeding.
Overall, IBCLCs play an important role in supporting families with infant feeding, offering expert guidance, practical solutions, and emotional support throughout the breastfeeding journey.