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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

to 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 clinical 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 breastfeeding education and support. 

Peer-Support: Community lactation support is often provided by trained peer-support professionals or volunteers. These are usually experienced parents with a general knowledge of lactation. 


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