What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)?
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners®, Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies. An IBCLC works in a wide variety of health care settings, including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice.
For more information on what an IBCLC is, please go to the International Lactation Consultant Association.
U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action: Increase Support for Breastfeeding Families
Breastfeeding support for new families was spotlighted in an unprecedented document issued January 20, 2011 by the Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Regina Benjamin. The Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding challenges the entire nation to work toward removing obstacles that can make it difficult for women to achieve their breastfeeding goals, and serves as a model roadmap for governments across the world to robustly address similar challenges.
Visit the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding at www.surgeongeneral.gov to download the document and view the Webcast of the Thursday, January 20, 2011 launch event.
Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding : "International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are the only health care professionals certified in lactation care. They have specific clinical expertise and training in the clinical management of complex problems with lactation."