What is a Lactation Consultant?


Let's break it down. IBCLC stands for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant—the ultimate breastfeeding expert. At Pacify, we work with IBCLCs because we believe in providing you with the absolute best lactation support and care.

The World Health Organization emphasizes the need for active support in establishing and sustaining breastfeeding practices. Whether you're a breastfeeding pro or facing challenges, having a strong support system is crucial to achieving your feeding goals. And who better to provide that support than your trusty lactation consultant, also known as an IBCLC? They're like your personal cheerleader, guiding you with expert knowledge and personalized care. Exciting stuff, right?

Now, let's dive into what different lactation consultant certifications mean. While other lactation consultants can offer support, IBCLCs have undergone rigorous training to become internationally recognized lactation experts. They invest 2-5+ years in training, complete 90 hours of lactation-specific education, and gain 300-1,000 hands-on clinical hours. To maintain their accreditation, IBCLCs recertify every five years and ace the International Board's examination every ten years. Talk about dedication!

But what exactly does a lactation consultant do? Well, they're your go-to person for all things breastfeeding. From helping you create a pumping schedule and storage plan for when you're back at work to finding the perfect breastfeeding position, they've got your back.

Lactation consultants are lifesavers when it comes to common breastfeeding hurdles like low milk supply, breastfeeding pain, mastitis, or plugged ducts. If your baby is struggling to latch or not gaining weight properly, your IBCLC will swoop in to improve feeding sessions, create special schedules for premature babies, and even provide referrals if needed. They're like a breastfeeding cheerleader, and the ultimate support team, all rolled into one! And guess what? You can meet with a lactation consultant even before your little one arrives.

Now, who needs a lactation consultant? Well, everyone—or at least anyone with a baby to feed! While feeding your little bundle of joy may be natural, it's definitely not a walk in the park. Lactation consultants get that and are here to make you feel comfortable and confident in reaching your breastfeeding goals. So, if you're pregnant or already have a little one, don't hesitate to call a lactation consultant via the Pacify app. You deserve the absolute best care for you and your baby.

Let's make this breastfeeding journey amazing!


Imagine having a support system right at your fingertips, ready to offer guidance tailored just for you. Pacify is like having a best friend who's got all the resources and advice you need. Struggling with breastfeeding? No worries, they've got you covered! But wait, there's more! They also give you access to lactation consultants, pediatric nurses, and even doulas! Yep, those amazing birth companions who provide emotional support and guidance during pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. How cool is that? Whenever you need some parenting wisdom, Pacify there for you 24/7. It's like having a squad of experts cheering you on through this parenthood journey. You're not alone—Pacify Health is here to support you every step of the way!