IBCLCs: IBCLC stands for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, usually just called a lactation consultant. These professionals go through a rigorous certification program, including prerequisite classes, 90 hours of lactation experience and clinical practice. Some lactation consultants working in the hospital are also nurses. Some work in out-of-hospital settings, in pediatric clinics or in their own practices. Others do home visits.
Some healthcare providers, such as midwives, obstetricians, family doctors and pediatricians, may also have expertise in breastfeeding. Ask your provider about this; if necessary, ask him or her to refer you to an IBCLC or other breastfeeding professional near you.
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