DID YOU KNOW THAT NOT ALL BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT IS CREATED EQUAL?
Whilst we have great resources for parents such as :
Research tells us that not all are created equal when it comes to providing the world’s best standards of infant feeding advice…
DID YOU KNOW?
1. All professionals above with the exception of IBCLC’s have limited education with infant feeding support - research demonstrates that they have between 30 minutes and 3 hours of professional education specific to breastfeeding?
2. Scientific research consistently demonstrates that IBCLC’s (AKA…known as an 'International Board Certified Lactation Consultant') provide the golden standard in breastfeeding support when it comes to the best short and long term breastfeeding outcomes
3. Most hospital run breastfeeding clinics require IBCLC”s to work there, but you don't have to be an IBCLC to work at the council- run breastfeeding support clinics?
4. To apply to become an IBCLC, you need:
- Physiology & endocrinology
- Pharmacology & toxicology
- Psychology, sociology & anthropology
- Clinical skills (including use of equipment, technology, education, communication, ethical & legal issues, research, public health & advocacy)
Once deemed competent & certified, you need to re-certify every 5 years
5. Anyone can call themselves a 'breastfeeding consultant' OR a 'lactation consultant' - they are not
the same as IBCLC’s as they are not deemed as the most competent, experienced up to date.
They are not internationally recognised as being associated with the our global standards in breastfeeding and lactation support.
6. Your midwife is most likely giving you feeding advice based on their professional experiences of working with families during the first week or so after birth or their personal experiences with breastfeeding, There are often limitations to spending time assisting you to breastfeed due to the workload demands and staffing issues which act as barriers for Midwives being able to provide you with optimal breastfeeding support whilst you are in hospital
7. Your MCHN is most likely giving you feeding advice based on their midwifery experience or personal experience and their time is often restricted to their clinical focus on working in partnership with your family, community and health professionals with the focus being on prevention, promotion, early detection & intervention of health & wellbeing concerns of young children & their families.
Be informed to ensure you are able to access optimal breastfeeding support for you and your baby.
To find your local IBCLC in Australia & New Zealand https://www.lcanz.org/find-a-lactation-consultant/
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