The first point of contact for breastfeeding help is often a midwife, health visitor or GP. However, breastfeeding knowledge and practical skills can vary widely among health professionals. Other helpers include peer supporters or breastfeeding buddies, breastfeeding counsellors and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), but who’s who?
Don’t be afraid to ask! Our table below looks at the choice of breastfeeding support so that you can find the most appropriate support for you and your baby.
Is the person helping you an IBCLC?
All current IBCLCs are listed on the international registry. To check whether the person who is providing your breastfeeding support is currently an IBCLC Lactation Consultant; click on this link to the professional register and search under their name. You could also ask them for their Certification Number.
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