IBCLCs work for the NHS and in private practice. Many also serve in voluntary roles within other breastfeeding organisations and in the community. IBCLCs use their specialist skills and knowledge to:-

  • Provide quality breastfeeding care and information
  • Provide specialist one-to-one care
  • Develop and implement a breastfeeding protocol
  • Improve the lactation knowledge and skills of other staff
  • Create an awareness of the UK UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative
  • Develop and implement specialist breastfeeding clinics/drop-in centres
  • Develop and deliver breastfeeding training to staff and volunteers
  • Contribute to reduction in health care costs & distress for families

IBCLC lactation consultants are recognised throughout the world as holding the premier global credential in the lactation care profession. They are:-

  • Knowledgeable about up-to-date evidence-based practices in lactation as demonstrated through a rigorous exam process and recertification at 5-year intervals
  • Focused on preventative care
  • Experienced in a wide variety of complex breastfeeding situations
  • Competent to assist parents with establishing and maintaining breastfeeding, even in difficult and high-risk circumstances
  • Sensitive to the needs of both parents and children as they work to help families meet their breastfeeding goals
  • Ethical in their practice, held accountable to Standards of Practice and a Code of Ethics, and working within a defined Scope of Practice