An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is considered the "gold standard" of breastfeeding support.  In order to obtain this credential, the IBCLC must study the comprehensive science of lactation and put in more than 500-1000 hours observing and working with nursing families. An IBCLC, must then pass an examination similar to the boards taken by medical doctors. This is the only internationally, standardized lactation credential available. Visits by an IBCLC is often considered to be a covered service with your insurance company.

While other breastfeeding specialists can be a wonderful resource, they are generally not as well trained an an IBCLC and not able to offer the same standard of care.