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 “Many mothers in the United States want to breastfeed, and most try. And yet within only three months after giving birth, more than two-thirds of breastfeeding mothers have already begun using formula. By six months postpartum, more than half of mothers have given up on breastfeeding, and mothers who breastfeed one-year-olds or toddlers are a rarity in our society.” Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., Surgeon General of the United States

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What is an IBCLC?
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional that is the trained expert in the field of lactation and breastfeeding.  Prior to sitting for the certifying exam, the individual must have met basic requirements that include clinical training hours and lactation continuing education hours. (www.iblce.org)

Who Needs an IBCLC? When to Call for Help?
Most of the mothers I work with fall into two categories:  (1) Moms that take every class, searched the Internet for hours, and has read every book available and (2) How hard could it be? Women have breastfed for centuries. I will do fine and therefore read nothing and took no classes.
Below is a list of when it is appropriate to call an IBCLC for assistance:

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