Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) serving the Greater Rochester Area
What is a Certified Lactation Counselor?
CLCs are members of the health care team who provide knowledge and counseling about optimal and sub-optimal breastfeeding. CLCs understand that breastfeeding decisions are made by the mother, who may have values and goals different from the counselor. A counseling approach is therefore used to gather information and provide appropriate support to the mother and her family. CLCs work as part of the health care team, assuring appropriate referrals and recommendations.
CLC certification means that a person has received training and competency verification in breastfeeding and human lactation support such as: assessing the latching and feeding process, providing corrective interventions, counseling mothers, understanding and applying knowledge of milk production including special circumstances and situations. A CLCs expertise provides a strong foundation of support, which is shared to help moms and thier babies.
I have obtained my certification as a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor through the Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding. The Certified Lactation Counselor®, (CLC) certification is the premier National Certification in Lactation Management for the United States.
CLC certification holders have demonstrated competence in the lactation skills, knowledge and attitudes that are essential to helping women in the United States and have agreed to comply with The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice code of ethics. The Lactation Counselor Training course is recognized by ANCC as a Nursing Skills Competency Program.
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"Amy’s knowledge, passion, and sense of humor helped get me through a very difficult time in my breastfeeding experience and helped keep me nursing when doctors were pushing me to formula feed my baby. Amy helped to point us in in the right direction in regards to my son’s tongue tie and gave me more information than the doctors did about how to help him learn to latch properly after his laser procedure to correct the tie! Now my son is six months old and we are nursing with no problems! Amy is an amazing advocate and support for breastfeeding moms. Not only is she educated about breastfeeding and mother-infant relationships, but she is open about her own personal experiences as well."
"I have always had strong insecurities about my ability to breastfeed- so strong, in fact, that I skipped out completely on having the experience with my first child. However, my feelings changed during my second pregnancy and I (and my husband) decided that breastfeeding was something we would like to try. Unfortunately, I had no idea what to expect and felt ovewhelmed by the plethora of information I found on the internet- it almost seemed like it was going to be more trouble than it was worth. Amy was such a big help in battling all of my insecurities- she was extremely knowledgable and willing to answer any questions that my husband and I had. She even taught us about an importance of skin to skin contact after the birth of our son, something we would have never discovered without her help. I would definitely recommend Amy's services to anyone interested in breastfeeding for the first time. I no longer feel overwhelmed and insecure, but rather confident in my ability to nurse and I know this would have not been possible had it not been for her assistance."
Katherine, Penfield, NY
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Fee schedule ranges from $35-$65. Sliding scale rates available.