The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) or Registered Lactation Consultant (RLC) credential identifies a knowledgeable and experienced member of the maternal-child health team who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. IBCLCs are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies. IBCLCs work in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and in private practice.
Spending the money on an IBCLC now can help you maintain a long and healthy breastfeeding relationship. The known medical benefits of breastfeeding, to both mother and baby, make hiring an IBCLC to help you succeed well worth it.
Initial visit generally lasts 2 hours with follow-up visits lasting about 1 hour.
1.Home or office visits
Home or office visits, which last on average two hours, include: observing your baby while he or she feeds, examining the baby’s mouth for anatomy and proper latch position, examining the mother’s breasts, and doing a pre- and post-feeding weight check (to determine how many ounces your baby takes in). We help show you proper positioning as well as creative options since every mother-baby duo is unique, and together we develop a plan to reach your nursing goals.
2. Mini prenatal breastfeeding class
Parents (including dads!) who get a jump on the basics of breastfeeding before birth increase their chances of successful breastfeeding experiences once the baby arrives. In this mini-class we learn the nuts and bolts of breastfeeding including latch, various positions, timing and frequency during infancy, and what to expect generally as you launch into a world of nurturing your baby through nursing. We’ll also go over the early warning signs that something needs adjustment and provide you with helpful web and other resources to have at your fingertips.
3. Support group
Want the support of an IBCLC but at a portion of the cost? Or maybe you just want a quick check-in to confirm your hunch that breastfeeding is going well and weigh your new, growing nursling? Our breastfeeding support group offers a comfortable, calm drop-in setting during a two-hour time block. We can accommodate up to 15 women in this group setting to have their nursing needs evaluated one by one. The group atmosphere can be helpful not only for the chance to get personal lactation consulting at a lower rate, but also for the camaraderie and support one can find from other new moms in the initial stages of breastfeeding.
4. Free consult
We happily do free 10-minute Skype or phone consults to help you determine whether we’re a good match for your lactation consulting needs.