Who we are: 

SW Metro Lactation Specialists offers 

phone and in-home lactation support to breastfeeding mothers

in the southwest suburbs of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.  

We can assist you with your everyday breastfeeding challenges

whether in the newborn stage or beyond. 

Providing in-home consultations in the communities of:

Arlington, Belle Plaine, Bloomington, Burnsville, Carver, Chaska, Glencoe, 

Jordan, Lakeville,  Le Sueur, Mankato, Montgomery, New Prague,

Norwood-Young America, Prior Lake, Savage, Shakopee, Victoria, and Waconia.  


*If your area is not listed above, please call we may be able to service you either by phone or by a special in-home visit

(mileage cost may be an extra charge depending on location). 

What is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)? 

An IBCLC is a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

who is a healthcare professional that specializes

in the clinical management of breastfeeding.


What is the difference between an IBCLC and a CLC?

An Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is someone who has knowledge

in the science of lactation and has completed 45-90 hours of breastfeeding courses. 

Along with the breastfeeding courses, an IBCLC completes between 500-1000 clinical hours

observing and working with nursing mothers.  An IBCLC successfully passes a board exam

similar to the board exams taken by other healthcare providers (nurse or doctor). 

An IBCLC maintains their certification by completing 75 hours of breastfeeding education

every 5 years and then re-certifies by taking the board exam every 10 years.   

A Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) is someone who completed a 45 hour breastfeeding

management course and passed a final exam.  CLC's are required to maintain their certification

by completing breastfeeding education courses every 3 years.