International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

The IBCLC qualification is the gold standard in lactation management/breastfeeding assistance; it is the highest credential awarded in lactation, equivalent to a Master’s degree in breastfeeding and the only one to be recognised worldwide.  We are registered and regulated by the International Board of Lactation Consultants Examiners and committed to providing the best possible clinical care and delivering information that is evidence-based and up-to-date.  IBCLCs have to keep up to date, as well as re-certify every 5 years.

IBCLCs are health professionals that have many years of breastfeeding support and counselling experience, with a background in either midwifery, breastfeeding counselling, medicine or health visiting, and have successfully completed a rigorous written examination at degree level. The exam includes all aspects of breastfeeding: anatomy and physiology, endocrinology, biochemistry, nutrition, immunology, infectious diseases, pathology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, drugs in breast milk, allergies and breastfeeding research ethics.  Want to know more about IBCLCs?  

Unfortunately, there are lots of people who call themselves “Breastfeeding Certified Specialists/Consultants/Experts” without holding any valid credentials. Breastfeeding counsellors have substantial breastfeeding training and must belong to an accredited organisation. However, IBCLC have the most extensive, evidence-based, and up-to–date knowledge. Always look for the IBCLC mark of excellence! For more information click here

 

 

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