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What is an IBCLC®?

What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®)
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners®, Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies. An IBCLC works in a wide variety of health care settings, including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice.

Experience You Can Trust!
Distribute these downloadable flyers to promote the IBCLC to health care professionals, breastfeeding families, and others. The flyers describe an IBCLC's scope of practice, settings where an IBCLC is found, the importance of an IBCLC to breastfeeding families, and how to find an IBCLC.

U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action: Increase Support for Breastfeeding Families
Breastfeeding support for new families was spotlighted in an unprecedented document issued January 20, 2011 by the Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Regina Benjamin. The Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding challenges the entire nation to work toward removing obstacles that can make it difficult for women to achieve their breastfeeding goals, and serves as a model roadmap for governments across the world to robustly address similar challenges.
Read ILCA/USLCA’s full Press Release.
Read the letter sent to the Surgeon General from ILCA and USLCA Presidents.
Read the letter from CLCA President to Canadian health minister.

Visit the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding 
On January 20, 2011, Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding in the Jack Morton Auditorium at The George Washington University.
Visit the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) at www.surgeongeneral.gov to download the document and view the Webcast of the Thursday, January 20 launch event.

View the CDC's Breastfeeding Report Card
The Breastfeeding Report Card, now in its 7th year, provides perspectives on state and national trends in breastfeeding data. Since the release of the first Report Card in 2007, there have been steady improvements in several indicators, especially in 3 month and 6 month exclusive breastfeeding rates, which increased more than 5 and 4 percentage points, respectively.

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