Breastfeeding Consultant(s)

Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs) are individuals who have successfully completed Healthy Children Project’s Certified Lactation Counselor Training Program, an Accredited ANCC Nursing Skills Competency Program and are certified by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP).

CLCs have successfully completed a 45-hour training based upon the footprint of the World Health Organization/UNICEF Breastfeeding Counselling Training Course*,  have successfully passed a criterion-referenced examination, and demonstrated the competencies and skills required to provide safe, evidence-based counseling for pregnant, lactating and breastfeeding women including the

• Ability to recognize one’s own and others attitudes, values and expectations about infant feeding and healthy lifestyles.

• Ability to apply the concept of an individualized approach to counseling and management
of breastfeeding.

• Ability to use appropriate, effective and sensitive communication skills.

• Ability to identify opportunities to offer information/education within the counseling encounter.

• Ability to assess physical and psychosocial aspects of the breastfeeding dyad.

• Ability to utilize reliable tools to assess affective/ineffective breastfeeding and milk transfer.

• Ability to incorporate evidence based approaches to practice and make appropriate referrals.

• Knowledge of programs, policies and legislation on state, national and international levels that promote, protect and support breastfeeding.

 

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. IBCLCs are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

 

Advanced Lactation Consultant (ALCs) and Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultants (ANLCs) are individuals who have successfully completed the Healthy Children Project’s Advanced Issues in Lactation Practice Certification Program and are certified by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP).

ALCs and ANLCs have successfully completed a 45-hour training and have successfully passed a criterion-referenced examination, and demonstrated the competencies and skills required to provide safe, evidence-based counseling for pregnant, lactating and breastfeeding women including:

  • Ability to construct and maintain conditions that predispose mothers and babies to an uncomplicated breastfeeding experience through counseling, education and support;
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate behavioral, cultural and social conditions predisposing mothers and babies to an uncomplicated breastfeeding experience;
  • Ability to assess for, monitor and evaluate physical conditions that predispose mothers and babies to a complex breastfeeding experience;
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate behavioral, cultural and social conditions that predispose mothers and babies to complex breastfeeding experiences;
  • Ability to identify and advocate for aspects of breastfeeding management programs that facilitate optimal health outcomes;
  • Ability to assess breastfeeding using a multi-faceted approach;
  • Ability to use counseling skills and techniques that are supportive to breastfeeding mothers and babies;.
  • Ability to identify and advocate for public health strategies that serve to protect breastfeeding;
  • Ability to coordinate care consistent with standards of professional ethics and behavior;

 

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