Today is IBCLC day. Today we celebrate all the IBCLCs in the world who support, educate, and assist breastfeeding mothers every day. IBCLCs are found in hospitals, clinic settings, and private practice. They are the ‘gold standard’ of breastfeeding support and devote their time to making sure breastfeeding mothers have the support, information, and care they need. IBCLCs Empower Mothers and Change Babies Lives.
They are allied health professionals who have extensive training in Lactation. In order to become an IBCLC one must spent an average of 1,000 hours working with breastfeeding moms and babies, take 90 hours of lactation specific education, as well as other college level courses. Once an IBCLC has passed the exam and become board certified she must recertify every 5 years. IBCLCs are constantly learning and exploring options to help the moms in their community.
How has an IBCLC impacted your life? Was there someone who helped educate you prenatally? How about the IBCLC in the hospital who helped you in the early days? Maybe you had an IBCLC come to your home after your baby was born? Tell us about her!