What Is the Difference Between a CLC and an IBCLC?
A CLC and an IBCLC are both prepared and expected to perform the same tasks including but not limited to assessment, advocacy, education and counseling. Generally, a CLC is used for helping with the normal course of breastfeeding. She can help with latching issues, position challenges, develop a breastfeeding support plan, advice on pumping, returning to work, weaning and supplementing. An IBCLC can do all of the things a CLC can do but has specialized training to deal with less common issues such as assessing a tongue tie and lip ties and offering referrals for revision, managing poor weight gain, the use of equipment such as nipple shields/supplemental nursing systems, chronic low supply, prior breast surgery and insufficient glandular tissue. Both CLC's and IBCLC's are available for your convenience and scheduling.