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.”

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:


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.

I sincerely look forward to meeting new families and supporting their individual breastfeeding goals. ~ Marijean

(Photos by Barb Weir Photography)

Contact Marijean at Babeeze Doula Centres: 519-673-4441


marijean ibclc

Marijean Amesmann, IBCLC, RLC, CLE – Babeeze London & St. Thomas I am a Registered, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE). As a Registered Lactation Consultant, I assist mothers and babies in achieving their personal breastfeeding goals. I provide evidence based prenatal breastfeeding workshops and private breastfeeding consultations. Prenatal breastfeeding workshops include how to know your baby is getting enough milk, how you can help prevent breastfeeding problems and much more. Private breastfeeding consultations are tailored to meet the needs and concerns of mother and baby, such as breastfeeding management and positioning and latch. I first became passionate about breastfeeding through my own experience with my first child. My approach to breastfeeding support and information is based on the knowledge that is required for certification as an IBCLC, while lending compassion and understanding that has been gained as a mother from nursing my own children. I am excited to join the team of practitioners at Babeeze and look forward to connecting with families through breastfeeding education and support.   Marijean Amesmann, IBCLC is available for a private In Home Consultation Consultations include helping position mother and baby comfortably, helping baby to latch and working with the mother to discover her personal breastfeeding goals.  Sometimes the use of feeding devices, breast pumps or other aids can help the mother reach her breastfeeding goals. A Lactation Care Plan is discussed and given to the mother.  Private home consults include 2 weeks of follow up by phone or email.  (First visit lasts 1.5-2 hours) Prenatal Breastfeeding Workshop Breastfeeding is natural and the most nutritious way of feeding babies. It is also a learned art that can take patience and guidance. The trick to breastfeeding well is getting the baby to latch on properly. A baby who latches on well, gets milk well. A baby who latches on poorly has difficulty getting milk. In this 2 hour class proper latch techniques are demonstrated through video and practical hands on experience in a relaxing atmosphere.  Other topics include:  how breastfeeding works, good positioning, how birth practices can affect breastfeeding, expression and safe milk storage, normal feeding patterns, how you can help prevent problems, along with lots of opportunity for breastfeeding questions and discussion! Contact me today to learn more!

Leave a Reply