The choices in lactation professionals providing breastfeeding support can be confusing. When looking for breastfeeding help, it is advised to select a professional who has completed lactation-specific training and who is certified by a governing body or organization. This ensures that the professional has the proven knowledge necessary to support you most effectively. Also, as new research is continually entering the profession, you should choose a professional who’s governing body requires continuing education to maintain their credential.
The scope of practice for an IBCLC allows them to perform comprehensivematernal, child and feeding assessments related to lactation, and to develop and implement individualized feeding plans in consultation with the mother, using evidence-based research.It should be noted that ethically speaking, only an IBCLC can call oneself a lactation consultant.