by Marijean Amesmann, IBCLC, RLC, CLE
So what is an IBCLC? It’s a question I often hear and a valid one at that, heck I didn’t know what an IBCLC was until my first child was about 2 years old! IBCLC stands for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. From the IBLCE website: “International Board Certified Lactation Consultants function and contribute as members of the maternal-child health team. They provide care in a variety of settings, while making appropriate referrals to other health professionals and community support resources. Working together with mothers, families, policymakers and society, IBCLC certificants provide expert breastfeeding and lactation care, promote changes that support breastfeeding and help reduce the risks of not breastfeeding.” http://iblce.org/about-iblce/
Eligible IBCLC Candidates require specific lactation education and clinical experience in providing evidence-based breastfeeding information and support. To learn more on the pathways to become an IBCLC: http://iblce.org/certify/preparing-for-ibclc-certification/
My passion for breastfeeding advocacy began after the birth of my first child, in 2006. To gain support and insight on breastfeeding challenges I was experiencing, I began attending La Leche League Canada meetings in St. Thomas and London. A few years later I became a Leader myself. My passion for breastfeeding continued as I enrolled in the Mohawk College, Breastfeeding Program. Soon after completing the Breastfeeding Program in 2010 we welcomed our second child. Since 2011, I have been professionally providing services to expectant and breastfeeding families as a Registered, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Additionally, I completed the CAPPA Canada, Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) program, providing me with comprehensive training in breastfeeding education in 2012.
Like many women, I never gave breastfeeding much thought when I was expecting my first baby. I thought – “Okay, yeah, I’ll give breastfeeding a try and see how things go.” What I didn’t anticipate was the journey that breastfeeding would take me on both personally and professionally. Giving “breastfeeding a try” was a lot more complex than I could have envisioned. What I didn’t expect is that half of the challenge with breastfeeding would be to sift through often well meaning, but anecdotal breastfeeding information. I knew that for me to be personally successful at breastfeeding, I needed good hands on help and trusted evidence based breastfeeding knowledge.
When working with a breastfeeding mother and baby, I may help with positioning mother and baby comfortably and helping baby to latch. I work with the mother to discover her personal breastfeeding goals. Including situations where a mother’s breastfeeding goals may be supported by the use of breast pumps and other aids. A care plan is discussed, and then I follow up, by phone, email, or with a home visit. I am able to provide accurate information and support with my knowledge of current research findings. While, my experience as a breastfeeding mom gives me personal understanding of breastfeeding mothers and babies.
I am so excited to be a practitioner at Babeeze Doula Centres! As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant I provide prenatal breastfeeding workshops and postnatal breastfeeding support in London, St. Thomas and surrounding area. http://babeezeinarms.com/babeeze-classe-ervices/breastfeeding-support-services
I sincerely look forward to meeting new families and supporting their individual breastfeeding goals. ~ Marijean
(Photos by Barb Weir Photography)
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