Signs that you might need help with breastfeeding:
- difficulty with latching
- pain in the breast or nipple
- tongue tied baby
- bruising or skin damage to nipples or areola
- blocked milk ducts
- engorged breasts
- breast infection (mastitis)
- low milk supply
- infant jaundice
- poor weight gain
- history of chest, breast or nipple surgery
- formula supplementation
- fussy or colicky baby
- suspected food allergy or intolerance
- you have been advised to wean your baby
- you have been advised to pump and dump your milk
Why choose an IBCLC?
The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is the only internationally recognized credential in breastfeeding support. I was required to provide documentation of my lactation training and 1000+ hours of clinical experience with breastfeeding mothers simply to register for the certification exam. IBCLCs must re-certify through extensive continuing education every five years and must retake the certification examination every 10 years.
Simply put, an IBCLC is the most extensively trained and experienced person to assist with lactation difficulties.