Well, yes but there are many people with the IBCLC credential that work in different environments so their IBCLC credential will take on a different and important role.
I am an IBCLC in private practice. This means I see mothers and babies on a request basis of the mother usually. I go to the mother where she is and help her andher baby get through whatever feeding issues they are experiencing.
My IBCLC training means I can look for and diagnose oral issues such as tongue tie and notice palate issues. I will go through an in-depth history with mother and baby to work out complicated and complex issues. I will offer evidence-based information and at times refer on to others for more support myself (because I’m a human and not perfect) or refer on the mother and baby to get the correct treatment to help with whatever issues might bepresent.
I have the ability to weigh your baby and can also, if needed, carry out a weighted feed to assess milk transfer in instances thatnecessitate it. My experience with over 500 families and my love of beingin Facebook groups with breastfeeding themes means I have had the chance tolearn many varying breastfeeding situations and the best way forward with most instancesof feeding difficulty.
As an IBCLC I support families to reach their goals, that includes everyone, LBGTQA and anywhere in between. Want to breastfeedingyour adopted child? yes, I’ve learnt how to support that. Want to chestfeed your baby? yes, I will support you.
As an IBCLC I have had to go through many hours of training in various areas. Lactation consultants follow theWHO code.