What Is a Lactation Consultant?

The benefits of breastfeeding are well documented, but breastfeeding isn’t always easy. Lactation problems such as pain, mastitis, or engagement are common obstacles that can challenge new moms. Luckily there are medical professionals who specialize in helping mothers breastfeed. Lactation consultants are professionals that help mothers breastfeed successfully, and MANA has one.

What does a lactation consultant do?

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a healthcare professional who specializes in the education and clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), independently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). An IBCLC has gone through extensive education and passed an examination on lactation management.

Lactation consultants help improve the outcome of breastfeeding and lactation care through education and management.  They can help new mothers with nearly every conceivable aspect of breastfeeding.

Lactation consultants help improve the outcome of breastfeeding and lactation care through education and management. They can help new mothers with nearly every conceivable aspect of breastfeeding.

When do you need a lactation consultant?

Every mother can benefit from visiting with an IBCLC. Whether you’re about to have your first child or you’re nursing your third, a lactation consultant provides a crucial resource for your baby’s health.

You need a lactation consultant if you have lactation issues, breastfeeding concerns, or if you just want to learn more about breastfeeding. From prenatal education through weaning and everywhere in between.

Certified Lactation Consultant with MANA

Allison Scott, APRN, IBCLC is a doctoral prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant within the MANA network.  In fact, Allison was the first IBCLC in the state of Arkansas and has been certified since 1989.  Allison has over three decades of pediatric nursing experience. She specializes in general pediatrics and lactation consultation at Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics. You can make an appointment with Allison to discuss breastfeeding issues by calling (479) 443-3471.