It is important to understand the role of lactation support professionals and volunteers.
Here are a few quick terms to be familiar with when looking for the right fit for your needs.
The goal of any great lactation program is to empower you reach your goals with the best resources available.
IBCLC: International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are credentialed professionals. They have academic and clinical training in human lactation. IBCLCs participate in the medical management of breastfeeding problems.
CLC/CLE/CLS: Certified Lactation Counselors, Educators, and Specialists attend lactation training through seminars and/or online classes. These professionals teach breastfeeding classes and provide general breastfeeding support.
Peer-Support: Community lactation support is often provided by trained peer-support professionals or volunteers. These are experienced parents with a general knowledge of lactation. They often lead support groups and provide help over the phone.
Extra-Clinical Lactation Resources: These are providers who work to support your lactation journey in collaboration with other healthcare providers. This category can include doulas providing early lactation guidance after birth, chiropractors working to correct latch issues, counselors/therapists helping address mental and emotional concerns, and a myriad of other professionals.
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