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    Hospital breast feeding expert, breast feeding specialist? I need to get someone to check the latch as I am suffering from vasospasm and about ready to give up with the pain. I want someone is is really good and can help cause if it doesn't get better soon I don't think I have the pull to keep going.

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    The best person to help with a latch issue is usually someone with an IBCLC degree. But the more people you have access to, the better. Often one person will see what another missed, or will have a slightly different trick. You know who gave me the absolute best advice, the advice that helped me keep going? My mom!

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    Where do I find someone with such a degree. My mum was trying to help me earlier but I was too sore so hopefully try her advice when I have healed a bit

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    Ways to find the right person:
    - call your local La Leche League or pediatrician and ask who the good lactation consultants in your area are
    - check out http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3432
    - call the LCs in your area and ask them about their certification
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*izzy29 View Post
    Where do I find someone with such a degree. My mum was trying to help me earlier but I was too sore so hopefully try her advice when I have healed a bit
    IBCLC stands for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. It is not a degree or a license, it is a voluntary earned certification.

    anyone is 'allowed' to call themselves a lactation consultant at least in the US. But IBCLC Certification means the person you are seeing has had a certain prescribed level of education, training, and continuing education in the field of lactation assistance and has shown this by keeping track/proving for the certification board that they have met the minimum clinical training and education requirements, and by passing periodic exams. Any current practicing IBCLC will have IBCLC after their names. IMO there are some just regular LCs who know as much as any IBCLC, for example, in my area there is a semi-retired 'former' IBCLC who does not bother to keep up her certification as her reputation brings her more clients than she can handle. But generally it is a safer bet to see an IBCLC.

    You can look up IBCLC's in your area here. http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1 I also suggest getting references if you can, try your local LLL, breastfeeding coalition, WIC and/or public health office, pediatrician, etc. More and more hcp’s are providing outpatient lactation services and some WIC offices do as well. I suggest once you have some names, call as many as you can (at least 2.) Feel free to ask what the persons experience is and if they have worked with moms and babies with latch pain at this age, how long the appointment will be (initial appts should be an hour at a minimum) price, how follow up care/questions are handled, whatever you want to know. (my personal bias is I would ask if they spent any time as a LLL leader or even a LLL member or 'regular,' as I think generally such folks approach breasteeding 'problem solving' a little differently than those who are, for example, coming entirely and exclusively from a medical background.) But in any case, It is important to find someone you think you will feel confident in and comfortable with.

    I also strongly suggest calling and talking to your local LLL if there is one, and ANY LLL Leader anywhere if there is not. Help calls to LLL Leaders are free.
    Last edited by @llli*lllmeg; October 17th, 2012 at 11:43 AM.

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