Health and Family Services Cabinet
Lactation Consultants Promote Breastfeeding Awareness
To promote the health benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and babies today has been set aside as International Board Certified Lactation (IBCLC) Day, sponsored by the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA). The theme for this year’s observation is “Quality Breastfeeding Care: IBCLC in Action.”
“As more and more mothers all over the world choose to breastfeed their babies, it is important to receive quality care from a professional trained in lactation management,” said Becky Derifield, breastfeeding promotion coordinator with the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “This is the key to successful breastfeeding.”
A certified lactation consultant is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding and is credentialed by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners under the direction of the United States National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
Consultants work in a wide variety of health care settings such as hospitals, pediatric offices, ob-gyn offices, public health department clinics and private practice. The consultant specializes in skills and knowledge to assist infants and mothers with breastfeeding.
To find a consultant near you, visit the International Lactation Consultant Association’s Web site at www.ilca.org, and follow the link to “Find a Lactation Consultant Directory.” In Kentucky, visit www.chfs.ky.gov/dph/ach/BREASTFEEDING.htm to find an IBCLC in your area, or contact your local health department WIC Program for breastfeeding education and support.