What is an IBCLC?

IBCLC stands for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. An IBCLC is the only internationally certified healthcare professional in the clinical management of breastfeeding and human lactation

IBCLCs adhere to standards of practice and a code of ethics, and work within a defined scope of practice. To certify, we must have clinical practice experience in management of lactation and breastfeeding, as well as education in human lactation, breastfeeding, and general health
sciences. To stay certified, we must undertake ongoing education in lactation and health.

You can be confident that I am dedicated to person centred, holistic care – no matter your family structure or background, you will be respected and cared for with compassion. This includes bringing along resources in different languages, using your correct pronouns, captioning virtual sessions, supporting induced lactation and whatever you need. I am passionate about increasing access to good quality feeding support, and am very happy to accept payment plans or skill swaps.

IBCLCs have several responsibilities:


As an IBCLC supporting you, and in my wider work, I uphold your wants, needs and wishes when it comes to feeding your baby.

Clinical Expert

You are the expert in your body and your baby, and I can bring some additional information to our partnership as a clinical expert in the management of human lactation. I can support you with starting, then continuing your feeding relationship , and to assist amidst any difficulties or high-risk situations.


We work together to find practices and solutions that work for your family. This may involve other health professionals, your supporters, or other IBCLC colleagues. I’m a part of the team!


As a former adult education instructor and qualified secondary school teacher, sharing information and developing your skills is of particular interest to me. I can support your with preparing to breast/chestfeed your new arrival, and I also train peer supporters to provide ongoing practical support out in the community.

Want to know more?

Position Paper on the Role and Impact of the IBCLC by ILCA

Who’s Who in Infant Feeding by LCGB