The IBCLC is the national standard in clinical lactation care. As a health care professional who has studied the science of human lactation in depth and who has been trained to provide sensitive, culturally-appropriate counseling and education, the IBCLC is uniquely equipped to assist with all breastfeeding problems. From the simplest questions to the most complex situations, the IBCLC provides the most comprehensive lactation care and breastfeeding management plans.
When To Refer
The following is a partial list of situations which warrant referral to an IBCLC, and please feel free to refer any parent who expresses concern about their ability to breastfeed successfully or meet their own breastfeeding goals.
provider or parental concerns about weight gain
provider or parental concerns about milk production
pain during breastfeeding
breast or nipple pain at any time
diagnosis of mastitis or suspected mastitis or abscess of breast
history of NICU or PICU admission
preterm infants whose mothers plan to breastfeed
women with risk factors for low milk production including hormonal dysfunction and history of any breast surgeries, among others