Today- Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 is IBCLC Day. Board certified lactation consultants go through a rigorous training and exam process to become certified. After certification, they are qualified to help women to feed and nourish their babies and support feeding issues that may occur in the mother-baby dyad. The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) is the organization that administers the exam worldwide and approves certificants, along with managing the recertification process. They also maintain a registry that lists all the certified lactation consultants. The International Lactation Association (ILCA) is the worldwide professional organization for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and other professionals who support breastfeeding. ILCA’s website maintains a directory of working IBCLCs so that mothers and professionals can locate an IBCLC in their area.
IBCLCs work in a variety of settings and with a diverse population of women and their babies. They may also work in other capacities; as a physician, childbirth educator, doula, midwife, nurse or other professional along with their lactation consultant skills.
On Science & Sensibility today, we have a quick and fun quiz to test your knowledge of what an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant might do to help mothers and babies and also highlight some of their skills. By taking the quiz, you can learn more about what an IBCLC does and how they can be a resource for a wide variety of mothers and babies.
Will you join me in recognizing the IBCLCs that work with your patients, your students and your clients with a brief thank you and shout out for all they do to support healthy mothers and babies? Every childbirth educator or other birth professional surely has a few favorite lactation consultants who have gone the extra mile for your clients and patients? Why not send them an ecard to honor the work they do? Select the perfect ecard here and let the men and women working as IBCLCs know how much you appreciate their efforts. Join Science & Sensibility and Lamaze International in thanking an IBCLC! And let us know how you did on the IBCLC quiz in the comments section.
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