What is the difference between a lactation consultant & a lactation or breastfeeding counselor?
There are so many certifications and designations around lactation education and support, it's easy to become confused about who does what. The primary differences between a lactation consultant with the designation, IBCLC (International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants) and a lactation counselor (CLC, CLE, WIC peer breastfeeding counselor) are training and scope of practice.
With respect to training, IBCLCs complete general education requirements, 90 hours of lactation-specific education, and clinical hours. There are numerous routes to becoming a certified lactation educator or counselor, and as such the training experiences are also varied. If you are considering working with a lactation educator or consultant, ask about the training she received for her particular designation.
With respect to scope of practice, IBCLCs provide support to all women, including those experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding that fall outside of the range of "common" problems, whereas counselors provide education and support for women experiencing the most common breastfeeding problems. IBCLCs also conduct maternal and child assessments, something that is not within the scope of practice of a lactation counselor.
Lactation Support on the Palouse
International Board of Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) Certified
Carol Owings, RNC, IBCLC
Pullman Regional Hospital/BirthPlace
835 SE Bishop Blvd
Pullman, WA, 99163
Linda Rosetti, RN, BSN, ACCE, IBCLC
St. Joseph's/Family Beginnings
415 Sixth St.
Lewiston, ID 83501
Gritman Medical Center
La Leche League
Pullman Meeting Information
LLL of the Palouse meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m., at St James Episcopal Church, 1410 Northeast Stadium Way, in Pullman, and the first Monday of each month at the Uma Center, 5:30pm.
La Leche League Leaders are experienced mothers who have breastfed their own babies and who have been trained and accredited by La Leche League International to help mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding. They are available by phone whenever you have breastfeeding questions or concerns.
Call Betsy (208) 882-0357
Lewiston-Clarkston Valley Meeting
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
1115 13th St., Clarkston
Call Devony (208) 750-8172
Rina Joye (208) 790-4646
Mary (208) 413-2856
Nancy Draznin, CM, CPM, CLC
Health Department / WIC Programs
Lactation Educator: Heather Newberry, MS, RD, LD
Lactation Counselor: Joni Wilson, CLC, CA