Lactation Consultant

What is a Lactation Consultant?


Lactation consultants are professional breastfeeding specialists trained to teach mothers how to feed their baby. They help women experiencing breastfeeding problems, such as latching difficulties, painful nursing, and low milk production. A lactation consultant also helps babies who aren’t gaining enough weight.


Lactation consultants commonly work in hospitals, physician or midwife practices, public health programs, and private practice. They are certified through the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).



How can they help me?


If you feel that you are a bit lost with your breastfeeding or have you been given lots of conflicting advice about how long to feed for, unsure if you should use one breast or two, or are worried about hind milk and whether your baby is getting enough a Lactation Consultant is trained to help you. They also offer support with the following issues:

  • Diagnosis, assessment and treatment or rapid referral for division of various presentations of Ankyloglossia (Tongue-tie)
  • Complex feeding difficulties
  • Breast refusal
  • Transition to formula feeding
  • Baby weight gain issues
  • Maternal medical issues relating to Breastfeeding
  • Supplemental feeding
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Breastfeeding after breast surgery
  • Breastfeeding with breast Hypoplasia
  • Low milk supply
  • Breastfeeding babies with Down’s Syndrome and other additional needs
  • Induced lactation
  • Relactation
  • Antenatal expression
  • Hyperprolactimea (over supply)


How do you train to be a Lactation Consultant?


An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specialises in the clinical management of breastfeeding. IBCLCs are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. To check if your Lactation Consultant is on the IBCLC professional register please visit .

IBLCE has provided 3 ways that candidates can obtain the required clinical practice in lactation and breastfeeding care:

  • By reporting 1000 hours of appropriately supervised experience gained from personal paid or volunteer clinical practice in providing care to breastfeeding families
  • Graduating from an academic program that includes at least 300 hours of directly supervised clinical practice in breastfeeding and lactation care in its curriculum
  • Completing a verified Pathway 3 Plan of at least 500 hours of directly supervised clinical practice in lactation and breastfeed care.



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