International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant
Bright Beginnings Birthing Center of RCH is proud that we have an on-staff International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant available for our community.
Our Director Of Nursing, Deborah Krohn, RN, BSN, IBCLA, believes that breastfeeding is a wonderful experience that fosters bonding between mother and baby with proven health benefits.
Debbie also hosts a Breastfeeding Support Group the second Saturday of every month. The group meets at RCH in the boardroom from 10 - 11 AM.
RCH: What qualifications do you need to be a lactation consultant?
Debbie: I have taken 95+ hours of lactation specific classes that cover breast anatomy & physiology, infant feeding development, infant oral anatomy, and how to deal with complex lactation issues. I also had to have hundreds of hours working with moms and babies prior to taking the exam. I had to pass an exam to become Certified. I must renew my Certification every 5 years with 75 hours of continuing education. I just did that in 2021.
RCH: How long have you been a consultant and what are some aspects of your role here?
Debbie: I have been an IBCLC for 9 years but have been helping moms and babies for much longer. I help to improve the outcome of breastfeeding and lactation through education and assistance to mothers and babies. I help parents and infants with issues such as painful breastfeeding, infant weight issues, low milk supply, difficulty latching, breastfeeding positions, too much milk, mastitis, nearly every conceivable aspect of breastfeeding.
I also help parents make plans for going back to work, planning for feeding when they are away from their infant, and weaning.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Debbie, you may call her at 785-527-6090.