Certified Lactation Consultants
Certified lactation consultants are paid professionals who have completed a prescribed course of study and passed an examination. They are qualified to do breastfeeding assessments on mothers and babies, and to assist with all types of breastfeeding problems. Their services include providing at-home or office consultations, conducting prenatal and working mothers’ classes, and offering breastfeeding supplies. The first lactation consultants were La Leche League volunteer s who felt that the field of breastfeeding counseling would be legitimized by certifying competence in minimal standards of knowledge and skills. The first test was administered in 1985, and since that time, this specialty has gained wide acceptance in the medical community.
Many hospital employ certified lactation consultants t assist new mothers with breastfeeding. The consultations are often covered by health insurance if they are ordered by a pediatrician. Ask your pediatrician, local hospital, or childbirth instructor to recommend a certified lactation consultant or contact the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) headquarters at 110 Horizon Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27615, USA | telephone +1 919-861-5577 (Toll-free at 1-888-452-2478 in the United States and Canada) | fax +1 919-459-2075 | email firstname.lastname@example.org