Parents are more likely to stop breastfeeding in the first month when they experience problems such as sore nipples, inadequate milk production (real or perceived), and infant difficulties with breastfeeding. A lactation consultant can help families to overcome these difficulties thereby enabling them to breastfeed for as long as they want.
Patient satisfaction and safety depend upon recruiting and retaining qualified, skilled health care practitioners. The IBCLC certification is your assurance that lactation professionals on your team have the specialised knowledge and skills required to provide excellence in lactation care for new families. Certification as an IBCLC protects the public by identifying qualified lactation consultants, increasing patient confidence, and helping to sustain a maternal-child health team that delivers evidence-based care for new families. When making employment decisions, health care systems can feel confident in using IBCLC certification as a measure of excellence.