Definition of a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor
International Breastfeeding Institute’s Breastfeeding Counselor Program
Before the creation of the lactation consulting profession, women of the village volunteered to help other women. Historically, mothers received support from family, friends and women of the community that offered mother to mother support for breastfeeding challenges. Breastfeeding Counselors are now individuals in the community who are called to serve and are an important part of the prenatal and postpartum education and support new mothers receive.
Being a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor introduces you to a family during a time when they are often exhausted and are in need of some love and positive support. Contacts with breastfeeding counselors may occur through phone calls, text, emails, social media or in-person group meetings. Whether you are helping with the basics of a baby’s latch or troubleshooting with a mom who has low milk supply, the Breastfeeding Counselor is a crucial part of the healthcare team.
In the early days following the birth of a child, it is common for women to experience challenges with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding Counselors have the unique opportunity to make a real difference in these families’ lives. Our Level One Core Course – our Certified Breastfeeding Counselor Course -will allow you to develop the skills necessary to help a mother and baby obtain all the benefits of breastfeeding and to navigate many of the challenges they may face. Our Core Course also offers 40 CERPS (Continuing Education Recognition Points) towards the highest credential in lactation, the IBCLC.
As our student, our course work is unique as it helps the student develop strong counseling and communication skills. At IBI, our goal is to make sure you have the tools to aid with mom’s specific problems and the skills needed in lactation counseling and much more. Your work as a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor will be offering enlightening education and empowering support!
CBC’s are an important part of the support a family can receive prenatally and postpartum.
The United States Lactation Consultant’s Association offers Who’s Who at a Glance of support services.