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“You wouldn't go to a dermatologist when you need to seek support from an oncologist, you wouldn't ask a gynaecologist for support if you really need to speak to a urologist. These are all specialists that have studied their area specifically and have a bank of knowledge so extensive in their area.” -J'Nel Metherell, IBCLC
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This might sound like common sense to most of us, but for some reason, International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are not getting the same treatment. In the US, we’re often finding pediatricians referring their patients to a cardiologist when there is a heart murmur, but instead of referring families to an IBCLC who can help with breastfeeding, they’re attempting to give their own advice. It is very possible that some of these physicians are well versed and knowledgeable in breastfeeding, some even obtain their IBCLC after medical school so they can add a level of support to their practice. However, most do not. Most of them are OUTSIDE of their area of expertise when attempting to give breastfeeding advice.
On our most recent podcast episode, we have TWO guest IBCLCs who work in two different countries and yet are both struggling with the problem mentioned above. We are so lucky to have J’Nel Metherell, IBCLC who will be joining us from Milton Keynes, England and our very own Allison Alexander, IBCLC based out of the USA. Both of our guests will be discussing what it’s like to work in private practice in their own countries and discuss some common disparities.
You’re not only going to learn WHY it’s so important for medical professionals to stick to what they specialize in and be able to recognize when to refer patients elsewhere, but also WHY IBCLCs are the experts in breastfeeding support. You might have heard about them, but have you ever wondered how much training actually goes into becoming one to make them so qualified? I’ll give you a small hint: I’m currently on a path to become one and it’s going to take me YEARS.
Disclaimer: Nobody is saying you shouldn't listen to your pediatrician or midwife or whoever. HOWEVER, we are saying you should seek support for breastfeeding from who is actually trained and specialized in lactation. Ahem, lactation consultants.
If you’re interested in learning more about J’Nel Metherell and read her blog that inspired us to collaborate, you can go here: https://www.breastfeedinghelp.co.uk/post/when-shit-gets-real
Have you struggled with getting proper breastfeeding support? Let us know in the comments below.
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE
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