Choosing a Lactation Consultant
Currently, there is no government regulation of the title “lactation consultant” in the U.S. Therefore, anyone can call himself or herself a lactation consultant. However, only those with the initials IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) have met the rigorous standards of education and experience which allow them to sit for the certification exam. If they pass the exam, they are allowed to use these initials for a period of 5 years, after which they must recertify. This helps to ensure that they stay up-to-date with the ever expanding research on breastfeeding and breastmilk. IBCLCs must also adhere to Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics guidelines which are dictated by their certifying board.
Clinical skills are only part of what makes a good lactation consultant, however. A dedication to breastfeeding and a love of working with mothers and babies is critical. Remember that all lactation consultants are not alike, any more than all doctors are alike.
Our Lactation Consultant
Becky Butler, IBCLC, RLC, owner of Milky Way, is a board-certified and registered lactation consultant. She has more than 27 years experience helping breastfeeding mothers. She was originally board-certified in 1996 and has recertified three times. Becky specializes exclusively in breastfeeding, so her focus is entirely on helping you attain the breastfeeding relationship you want. She is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association, the United States Lactation Consultant Association, and the Southern Maryland Breastfeeding Alliance. Becky has 9 years of personal breastfeeding experience to complement her clinical skills.