About Deb Donovan, IBCLC
Parentpedia contributor Deb Donovan is an IBCLC, a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. IBCLCs are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies. IBCLCs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice.
The credential "International Board Certified Lactation Consultant" (IBCLC) identifies an experienced member of the health care team who:
- has acquired specialist skills
- made an in-depth study of breastfeeding and lactation
- and passed a rigorous certification examination
IBCLCs adhere to a Code of Ethics and work within professional Standards of Practice. They are required to keep their knowledge and skills current, and must recertify every 5 years through continuing education or re-examination. Lactation consultants with IBCLC have the one credential that is recognized by all national and international lactation consultant professional associations.