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What is a Breastfeeding Counselor and Educator?

I am a certified breastfeeding counselor through the Nursing Mothers Alliance, we offer a warm line where you can get free advice and questions answered from a peer counselor. I cover these calls a few days each month. I am also a certified breastfeeding educator through BirthArts International. Breastfeeding counselors and educators learn the same information as a CLC (certified lactation consultant) but do not sit for the exam.

  • I am dedicated to the promotion, protection, and support of chest/breastfeeding and human lactation and work to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems. 

  • Offer non-biased focused information, support, encouragement, guidance, referrals, and education to their communities, which includes families and professionals

  • Provide culturally sensitive and adult based education

  • Refer to healthcare professionals when support requires clinical assessment, need for prescription, or medical diagnosis

  • Help families understand their rights according to current healthcare policy and legal statues

  • Advise parents on how to maintain lactation when they are separated from their infant, which includes information on hand expression and the usage of breast pumps

  • Offer continual support for families during the weaning process and beyond as it pertains to breastfeeding.

  • Educate, support and offer referrals to mothers who need to supplement or find that breastfeeding must be halted due to medical and/or personal reasons.