What does the IBCLC credential mean?
There are people of varied backgrounds and training who contribute to the well-being of newborns, infants, and their families. The following description is to provide some clarity regarding the skill set and guiding principles of the IBCLC and what the credential means to families with infants and their healthcare providers.
An IBCLC is required under the Code of Professional Conduct (administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners) to: base her/his practice on scientific principles, current research and information; exercise professional judgment within the limits of her/his qualifications, seek counsel or make referrals to other providers as needed; and to require and obtain consent to share clinical information and concerns with the mother’s other health care providers, before initiating the lactation consultation.
Duties under the IBLCE Scope of Practice include: providing holistic, evidence-based breastfeeding support and care; assisting families with decisions regarding the feeding of children by providing information that is evidence-based and free of conflict-of-interest; working collaboratively and interdependently with other members of the health care team, functioning as a member of that team; and educating women, families, health professionals and the community about breastfeeding.