What Is a Lactation Consultant (Breastfeeding Specialist)?

What is a lactation consultant?

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, or IBCLC, is a healthcare professional that has completed college coursework relating to the human body and has completed an accredited training program with an evidence-based curriculum and hands-on clinical practice.

In this video, Sarah Trinajstich is going to review what you need to know about lactation consultants.

If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.

Each IBCLC professional must pass an international exam that is overseen by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and keep our certification current through continuing education.

Lactation consultants are experts in the clinical management of breastfeeding and can work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, research, and public health programs.

Also, you do not have to be a healthcare professional before becoming an IBCLC. Therefore, anyone with a passion to help support, promote, and advocate for breastfeeding, can complete the program and help make breastfeeding the norm.

To find an IBCLC in your area or learn more about lactation consultants, visit the International Lactation Consultant Association Website at www.ilca.org. You can also find breastfeeding support groups in your area by visiting the La Leche League at www.lllusa.org.

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Sarah Trinajstich, RD, IBCLC
Hi, my name is Sarah Trinajstich. I'm a registered dietitian and an international board-certified lactation consultant. I received my bachelor's degree and completed my dietetic internship at California State University Long Beach. I then completed my lactation consultant education at the University San Diego Extension. I believe in the power of good nutrition from the moment of conception and the importance of breastfeeding, not only for babies nutrition but for the bonding and physical benefits to baby and mom. There is no greater satisfaction for me than to help a mother and her baby breastfeed successfully. Breastfeeding is more than what the body does without thinking. It involves skills that mom and baby learn together. I look forward to help ease the learning curve!

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