An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health professional who has achieved the highest professional credential in breastfeeding knowledge and support. In order to sit the exam a candidate must demonstrate they have at least 90 hours of breastfeeding related training and 1000 clinical hours providing infant feeding support.

Why would you need an IBCLC?

During the early days and weeks you may want extra support with getting breastfeeding off to the best start. There are many different scenarios where professional input can be beneficial:

  • Painful latch

  • Difficulty latching baby to the breast

  • Jaundice

  • Slow weight gain

  • Sore or damaged nipples

  • Engorgement

  • Mastitis

  • Multiples e.g. twins or triplets

  • Premature baby

  • Concerns regarding milk supply

  • Previous breast surgery

What is an IBCLC?

"Caitlin’s passion for supporting women on their breastfeeding journey is clear from just one conversation with her. While I was pregnant with my first baby, Caitlin not only taught me the basics of newborn feeding but gave me helpful tips and tricks to use along the way. A skill I found particularly helpful was how to harvest colostrum before the baby arrived. This was proven to be very useful when I had an emergency c-section and my milk came in on day three because of the prep-work Caitlin had suggested. I would highly recommend her to anyone researching or planning on breastfeeding."

Amy H

"Caitlin is a fantastic midwife. Her knowledge on women and breastfeeding is amazing, I don’t think I would have been able to breastfeed without her help. She was able to teach me so much when I was pregnant and then she was there in the very tricky early days with my baby. She’s calm, reassuring and so kind. Thank you so much Caitlin!!"

Berry C

"Caitlin’s help was invaluable in those first few days of breastfeeding. She was calm and gave us so much reassurance that things were going well. She was also very happy to answer my many follow up questions in the days and weeks that followed. Without this kind of support, there is no way I would have continued breastfeeding."

Katie R


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