By Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC
Whenever I tell someone about my job, they always ask me “what made you decide to get into that?” My answer is simple: My personal breastfeeding journey started out rocky, to say the least – and I wanted to do something to make sure other families don’t have to go through what I went through.
How did I become an IBCLC?
- I completed the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) pathway 2 program (https://iblce.org/certify/pathways/).
- I completed more than 90 hours of lactation-specific education, in addition to 14 health and science courses (anatomy & physiology, and nutrition, among others).
- Possibly most importantly, I completed more than 300 hours of clinical time – putting my hands on hundreds of babies .
Above all things, this helped me learn how to connect with breastfeeding mothers and families. As your lactation consultant, I strive to honor your breastfeeding journey just as much as I strive to support it.
So why see an IBCLC?
For all the reasons listed above – we are the experts in lactation. Many amazing labor and delivery and postpartum nurses are knowledgeable about breastfeeding and can help you in the first few hours after your baby is born. However, if issues arise (baby isn’t latching, mom can’t express colostrum, baby has lost more than 7% of their birth weight, etc), then it’s the IBCLCs who step in and strategize. The IBCLC is an integral part of the postpartum care team to ensure a great start to breastfeeding.
My breastfeeding journey had a happy ending, fortunately. And in whatever way that looks like for you, I want yours to have a happy ending as well. At Vitality NW, I provide 15 minute phone consults, in-office consultations, home visits, and back to work consultations, where I help strategize an individualized plan for mothers who are going to be pumping breast milk while they are away. You can schedule that here: http://vitalitynw.com/schedule-appointment/
I also have drop-in lactation support and free weight checks on Wednesdays from 10-11:30am. I can’t wait to see you and your baby!