As a mom-to-be or first-time new mom, you may find it helpful to meet with a lactation specialist who can offer education, clinical advice, and support. Most professional lactation specialists obtain credentials such as International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) or Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). These credentials can help ensure that you receive an excellent standard of care.
About The Author
Allison Walsh, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, and doula in private practice in New York. She is a founder of the Lactation Learning Collective which mentors IBCLC candidates, co-director of the NYC Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program, a La Leche League Leader, and a delegate to the United States Breastfeeding Committee. She has served in various leadership roles including President of Lamaze International and member of the Board of Directors of Haven Midwifery Collective. Allison is a graduate of Syracuse University and mother of three formerly breastfed children.
One of the typical worries during lactation is getting a clogged milk duct. Horror stories abound about hard, painful, tender lumps, the lengths people go to get rid of them, and what can happen if they don’t resolve. Luckily, clogged ducts are not as common as you may think, and recently much more about them has become clear. Our experts explain what constitutes a "clogged milk duct" and what to do if you suspect you have this issue.