Today is IBCLC day! Jones & Bartlett Learning is joining the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) in celebrating IBCLC Day on March 6th, 2013. This year's theme “Connect with IBCLCs, the Experts in Breastfeeding Care,” highlights the expertise of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants in providing breastfeeding care.
According to Liz Brooks, President of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and author of Legal and Ethical Issues for the IBCLC,
“Parents can be overwhelmed by the many sources of information on breastfeeding, some of which may be conflicting. An IBCLC has the expertise to provide parents accurate, evidence-based information specific to their needs.”
International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are healthcare professionals with expertise related to breastfeeding. In order to become certified, all IBCLCs receive extensive training through coursework and clinical practice hours. In addition, they have passed the internationally recognized exam.
Because of their training and required continuing education, IBCLCs are knowledgeable about evidence-based practices and experienced in managing a wide variety of complex breastfeeding situations. They advise mothers during pregnancy, help them establish breastfeeding, and provide assistance with any challenges that may occur. IBCLCs also train other health workers and educators so that they may support breastfeeding. IBCLCs undertake research, develop health materials, and implement programs and campaigns.
As health care professionals with the only internationally-recognized credential for professional lactation services, IBCLCs work in hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings, government agencies, education and in research. Today, there are more than 26,000 IBCLCs in 94 countries worldwide.
The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is the professional association for IBCLCs and other health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families. ILCA's mission is to advance the IBCLC profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research. ILCA provides members with numerous resources and professional development opportunities that enhance their ability to provide expert care to breastfeeding families. Learn more at www.ilca.org.