Numerous titles are given to persons who typically work in health care and public health settings who take 15 to 45 hour courses in various training programs and certifications whose training equips them with basic knowledge of lactation support. Breastfeeding problems beyond the skill level of these providers are referred to the the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLE). The IBCLE is valued worldwide as a trusted source for certifying practitioners in lactation and breastfeeding care..
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant possesses the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to provide quality breastfeeding assistance to babies and mothers. IBCLCs specialize in the clinical management of breastfeeding which includes: preventive health care, patient education, nutrition counseling, and therapeutic treatment. Go to The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) to find a lactation consultant near you.