IBCLC stands for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
“The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential identifies a knowledgeable and experienced member of the maternal-child health team who has specialized skills in breastfeeding management and care. The IBLCE certification program offers the only credential in lactation consulting and is available globally.
With a focus on preventive health care, IBCLCs encourage self-care, empowering parents to make their own decisions. IBCLCs use a problem solving approach to provide evidence based information to pregnant and breastfeeding women and make appropriate referrals to other members of the health care team. The IBLCE has established Professional Standards for IBCLCs and IBCLCs must renew their certification every five years, either through continuing education or by re-examination.” (1)
The credential is considered the gold standard for lactation consultants and is the only credential recognized by hospitals and most insurance companies for reimbursement.
An IBCLC must document many hours of experience in counseling nursing mothers as well as formal education coursework in lactation management, counseling, and pharmacology. In addition, they must pass a rigorous exam.
Mary Ellen Galante is not only an IBCLC but also a Certified Nurse-Midwife with over 20 years of experience. She is uniquely qualified to help you not only with breastfeeding after the baby is born, but also to provide you with prenatal consultation and preparation for breastfeeding.
Her background includes work with women from all over the world and she speaks fluent Spanish, Haitian Creole and some French and Portuguese.