What is an IBCLC?
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional that specializes in the management of breastfeeding. They are an essential part of our healthcare system. They are trained to assist you with every aspect of breastfeeding. While many may offer lactation consulting, an IBCLC is the Gold Standard. They are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies. An IBCLC works in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and private practice.Many lactation providers are trained only in the hospital setting and have limited knowledge of breastfeeding beyond the first few days. Always inquire about the consultant’s experience and credentials.
Will an IBCLC Breastfeeding Consultation make a difference?
Research has shown that IBCLCS help improve health outcomes for Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies.
Women are more likely to stop breastfeeding within the first month when experiencing problems such as sore nipples, concerns about adequate milk supply, and infant difficulties.
Both breastfeeding duration and exclusivity can be increased with assistance from a lactation consultant.
What takes place during a Consultation?
- A chance to review your birth and how it may affect breastfeeding
- Obtain a complete history of factors which may influence breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding position and latch
- Babies suck and Oral Mobility Evaluation
- How well is baby transferring milk from the breast
- Chance to ask and discuss questions/concerns
- Receive a customized Plan of Care
- Follow-up call or email
“Tongue- tie” or professionally known as “Ankyloglossia” is a congenital condition which anchors the tongue to the floor of the mouth by a membrane or “frenulum”. This affects the tongue’s mobility and range of motion. It can result in significant difficulty with breastfeeding, various oral developments, feeding, speech and swallowing.
There are several different types of tongue-tie and are classified by how close the attachment of the frenulum is to the tip of the tongue. Some infants will also have a tight lip or “labial” frenulum as well.
Each mother and baby is unique and may present with a variety of symptoms. Some of these symptoms of tongue/lip tie are:
- Gumming or Chewing of the nipple during feeding
- Poor latch and suck
- Poor weight gain
- Sliding off the nipple while attempting to latch
- Falls asleep while feeding
- Clicking during feeding
- Pinched, compressed, flattened nipples after feeding
- Nipple pain/ Damaged nipples
- Reflux symptoms (Gassy, colic)
- Poor or incomplete breast drainage
- Plugged ducts/ Mastitis
- Short sleep episodes requiring very frequent feeds