Hello! My name is Michelle and I have been helping families make breastfeeding pain free and enjoyable for five years. It dawned on me one day in my own IBCLC's office that being a lactation consultant might be the best job ever. It took becoming a mother to find my professional passion. I completed my 500 hour clinical internship at the UC Davis Medical Center. My practice is inclusive and non-discriminatory.
I have specialized training including identification of signs of tethered oral tissues (such as tongue tie and lip tie). I continue to expand and develop quality referrals for issues pertaining to dysfunctions that interfere with feeding, sleep, and behavior of infants and young children.
How is an IBCLC qualified to help me?
This is one of the most important questions you can ask.
An IBCLC is the only board certified health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding.
There are many helpers. They are each important and serve families in their own way.
- A La Leche League Leader (or similar organization representative) is a mother-to-mother, lay helper who cheerleads the cause and supports within the normal course of breastfeeding.
- A certified lactation counselor (CLC) or Women Infant Children (WIC) peer counselor have taken brief courses and demonstrated basic understandings of encouraging and providing assistance to breastfeeding families.
An IBCLC is required to satisfactorily complete the following...
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Infant and Child Growth and Development
- Clinical Research / Statistics
- Sociology / Cultural Sensitivity / Cultural Anthropology
- Basic Life Support
- Medical Documentation
- Medical Terminology
- Occupational Safety and Security for Health Professionals
- Professional Ethics for Health Professionals
- Universal Safety Precautions and Infection Control
- 90 hours lactation specific education
- Depending on pathway and/or professional healthcare background, about 500 hours of supervised clinical experience
Then, the candidate may apply to the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) to request to sit for the exam where they will demonstrate proficiency as related to human lactation and breastfeeding in:
- anatomy and physiology
- nutrition and biochemistry
- immunology and infectious diseases
- maternal and infant pathology
- cultural sensitivity
- infant growth parameters and milestones
- interpretation of research and statistcis
- ethics and legal issues
- equipment and techology
- breastfeeding techniques
- public health