Helen with son Scott
Helen Marshall, IBCLC
I was born in the United Kingdom and spent many years living first in Guernsey, then in Germany and finally moved to Canada in 2003. I have 2 sons, aged 11 and 16, who were both exclusively breastfed. My breastfeeding experience with my oldest child changed my life forever and set me on the path to become a Lactation Consultant. I had assumed, as many pregnant mums do, that as breastfeeding was ‘natural’ that it would also be easy. This didn’t turn out to be the case. I struggled for the first few weeks with my son but was very lucky to have excellent support during that time from family, friends and professionals and went on to nurse successfully. As my children were growing I became passionate about breastfeeding and realised that there was a real need for good support for new mums. I consider myself very lucky to wake up every morning and think “I love my job!”
I gained over 600 hours of directly supervised, hands-on experience helping mothers and babies with Dr. Jack Newman at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic before successfully completing the IBLCE requirements to become an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant).
I am a member of the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA) and also a member of the Canadian Lactation Consultants Association (CLCA)
What is an IBCLC?
From the IBLCE website..
“The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential identifies a knowledgeable and experienced member of the maternal-child health team who has specialized skills in breastfeeding management and care. The IBLCE certification program offers the only credential in lactation consulting and is available globally. IBCLCs have passed a rigorous examination that demonstrates the ability to provide competent, comprehensive lactation and breastfeeding care. Attainment of the IBCLC credential signifies that the practitioner has demonstrated competence to:
- work together with mothers to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems
- collaborate with other members of the health care team to provide comprehensive care that supports, protects and promotes breastfeeding
- encourage a social environment that supports breastfeeding families
- educate families, health professionals and policy makers about the far-reaching and long-lasting value of breastfeeding as a global public health imperative.”
More information can be found at http://americas.iblce.org/why-hire-an-ibclc