This summary document will to clarify all of the different types of breastfeeding support available and how each one plays an important role in helping moms and babies.
The effectiveness and importance of the IBCLC has been documented many times in peer-reviewed published articles. Many governmental and non-governmental organizations describe the IBCLC as crucial for mothers to successfully breastfeed. USLCA has gathered the evidence into one document for use when validating the necessity and effectiveness of IBCLC care and services. This document can be used in discussions of IBCLC lactation care and services with hospitals, employers, policy makers, insurers, health agencies, and legislators.
In Breastfeeding: A Guide For The Medical Profession, Lawrence and Lawrence describe a lactation consultant as a health care professional whose scope of practice is focused upon providing education and management to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems and to encourage a social environment that effectively supports the breastfeeding mother/infant dad. This allied healthcare provider is also depicted as possessing the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to facilitate breastfeeding.1 The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) has published Standards of Practice for Lactation Consultants. The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is the only standardized, board-certified lactation credential available. Read More
USLCA advocates on behalf of lactation care providers on many important issues. Click here to find USLCA’s official position statements regarding key aspects of breastfeeding and the lactation profession. These statements serve as a valuable resource in support of issues that are imperative to improving the health of families.