This 12 week series highlights the most asked questions Lori gets as an IBCLC
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What is an IBCLC
What is an IBCLC? I am going to start by telling you what all those letter stand for:An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC works in a wide variety of settings, providing leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research in the lactation field. We have to adhere to standards of practice and a code of ethics, and work within a defined scope of practice. We must maintain our certification every 5 years by continuing education or by exam. Before sitting for the exam, candidates must demonstrate extensive clinical experience ( 1000 hours) and advanced lactation education ( at least 90 hours). IBCLCs are prepared to help with any breastfeeding issues, from very basic problems to complex situations.
You will find IBCLCs working maternity units in hospitals, in the NICU and SCN. We work in outpatient clinics in WIC offices, pediatric and physician and midwives offices. IBCLCs also have private practices where they meet with moms on an individual basis in their office or in your home. There are currently over 28,000 IBCLCs practicing in over 102 countries. We even have one day a year that we celebrate IBCLC Day, which is on the first Wednesday of March. All this, and to think that this profession was not around 35 years ago.
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners – http://iblce.org/
International Lactation Consultant Association – http://www.ilca.org/home
United States Lactation Consultant Association – https://uslca.org/
Why did I want to become an IBCLC
Episode 2 Why did I want to become an IBCLC and How did I go about it?
How do the Breasts Make Milk?
Episode 3 How do the Breasts Make Milk?
What do your hormones have to do with Lactation?
Episode 4 What do your hormones have to do with Lactation?
Most mothers whose hormones are in the proper balance and who have normal breast development during puberty and pregnancy, will make plenty of milk for their baby. Despite all their best efforts, there will be some mothers who will struggle with supply. I find that most mothers I work with, who struggle with supply, well they actually have one or more potential risk factors for low supply, however, they were just not made aware of it. There are some very real factors that can put you at risk for not making enough milk and some you can know ahead of time and others take you by surprise.
There is Liquid Gold in Them Breasts
Episode 5 There is Liquid Gold in Them Breasts
Come along with me for this ride on the colostrum train and you are going to see exactly why we get so excited about this life giving substance that is all part of human milk that newborns receive. By the time we are done here today, you are going to be as equally excited about colostrum and its benefits to newborns. You will understand why physicians are doing whatever they possible can to ensure that all newborns received colostrum, and in particular our most vulnerable sick and/or premature newborns have colostrum.
Tips on Latching
Episode 6 Tips about latching
Since this is not a video and I don’t have a baby right now, this is not going to be a tutorial on how to latch your baby on. I can help you thought with sharing with you some tips about latching on and how do you know the latch is good, in ways other than practicing with your baby ahead of time. A good latch with a mom and baby that is comfortable, is the foundation for good, productive and enjoyable breastfeeding.
How do I tell if I need to be concerned about the latch?
Episode 7 How do I tell if I need to be concerned about the latch?
Breastfeeding - Day 1-4 What to expect the first week
Episode 8 Breastfeeding – Day 1-4 What to expect the first week
You just gave birth, you have begun breastfeeding your baby. Now you need to know, beyond the latch, what should you expect from you, from your baby, in the first 4 days, as far as breastfeeding goes.
Milk is in Now
Episode 9 Breastfeeding – Milk is in Now Day 4 – 14
Your baby is now 4-5 days old. You are just beginning to get the hang of breastfeeding. Sure you might feel awkward with it all, however, you are now getting use to a baby feeding at your breast 8 times a day. You are continuing to experiment with different positions to find which ones seem to work best for you and your baby. In some places you will find you need to use a pillow and a stool. Other places where you breastfeed, your set up will be different
Breastfeeding -Engorgement - Definition. Why it happens. Prevention. Treatment
Episode 10 Breastfeeding -Engorgement – Definition. Why it happens. Prevention. Treatment.
What if my baby won't breastfeed?
Episode # 11- What if my baby won’t breastfeed?
- Probably the most common reason for a hard start is a premature birth. When babies are born early it can make it more difficult for them to breastfeed.
- The reasons can be numerous so it is not helpful at this point to conjecture. What we really want to do is say.. okay, this is the situation, now what do we do about it.
- Ohhh, I love this question because it is probably one of the most easiest questions I get to answer.
How do you know that Breatfeeding is going really well?
Episode # 12- The 2 week mark – How do you know that Breatfeeding is going really well?
What I recognized as a Breastfeeding Educator though is that we were so busy talking about normal newborn breastfeeding, that we left parents with no tools in their toolkit, so to speak, if they did run into problems in the early days.
Breastfeeding and Medication
Episode # 13- Breastfeeding and Medication
Breastfeeding and Increasing Your Milk Production
Episode 14- Breastfeeding and Increasing Your Milk Production – Do you need to?
Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC
Lori Jill Isenstadt, IBCLC is a huge breastfeeding supporter. She has spent much of her adult life working in the maternal health field. Once she became turned on to birth and became a childbirth educator, there was no stopping her love of working with families during their childbearing years. Lori became a Birth doula and a Postpartum doula and soon became a lactation consultant. She has been helping moms and babies with breastfeeding for over 25 years. Lori founded her private practice, All About Breastfeeding ( allaboutbreastfeeding.biz) where she meets with moms one on one to help solve their breastfeeding challenges. She is an international speaker, book author and the host of the popular itunes podcast, All About Breastfeeding, the place where the girls hang out. Lori is the proud owner of the online membership site – All About Mothering (allaboutmothering.com) You can reach Lori by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her via her website: allaboutbreastfeeding.biz/contact