“IBCLCs are the only health care professionals certified in lactation care.” US Department of Health and Human Services. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, recommends that all mothers have access to IBCLC services as an essential medical service. Recommends licensing IBCLCs as a method for delivering lactation care and services to all mothers.
In a study model health benefits plan for employers, the National Business group on Health recommends 5 lactation consultant visits per pregnancy as a covered benefit. Lactation Consultants credentialed by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLE) are approved for the provision of breastfeeding counseling, training, and support. The listing of evidence-informed health plan benefits for women, children and adolescents are based on the latest research and findings from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
Exposure to IBCLC prenatal education and early postpartum intervention results in the prevention of exclusive formula feeding, improved duration of breastfeeding, and interventions that reduces the incidence of low milk supply.
Prenatal breastfeeding education provided by an IBCLC resulted in significantly more pregnant adolescents initiating breastfeeding compared with a group of pregnant adolescents who were not offered this education.
Individual prenatal lactation consultation by IBCLCs, daily rounds by the lactation consultant on the postpartum unit, and outpatient follow-up at 48 hours after discharge, at the time that the infant was 1 week of age, and at all future health supervision visits for infants up to 1 year of age resulted in an increased incidence and duration of breastfeeding in a low income population.
Lactation consultant with the IBCLC credential promote a longer duration of breastfeeding in a primary care setting.
A significant increase in breastfeeding initiation and duration when IBCLCs were integrated into a busy community pediatric practice.
In-person pediatric office visits with an IBCLC within 24-72 hours post hospital discharge resulted in significantly increased rates and duration of exclusive breastfeeding.
Contact with an IBCLC for low income women helps reduce utilization of health care resources for otitis media. IBCLC contact for low income Hispanic and African American women increases breastfeeding intensity and duration.
WIC mothers were more likely to initiate breastfeeding when agencies with both peer counselors and IBCLC lactation consultants were available.
One study results showed that 53% of patients with an IBCLC visit were breastfeeding at 4-6 months compared with only 23% of patents not seen by the IBCLC.