By Ann Faust, IBCLC

No mother and baby pair are the same, just like no two caregivers are the same. So how to choose a lactation consultant when you need a helping hand with your breastfeeding issues?


Choosing an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) to assist you with your breastfeeding questions can reassure you that your caregiver has the right qualifications.



What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)?


An IBCLC is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. IBCLCs are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies. IBCLCs work in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice. *


Knowing this should help you understand that your caregiver has passed an exam, and must keep up-to-date with the breastfeeding world.

IBCLCs have to re-certify every 5 years by their examining body to keep their certification, and knowledge current.


You can also find comfort knowing, that IBCLCs must follow the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics guidelines that are dictated by their certifying board.

For more information please check our services




* Courtesy of

The above information is true at the time of update (02/12/2010).

The information on  is for general information only. If you have serious concerns about your baby or breastfeeding, speak to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.