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, Eden Prairie,
Edina, Fairbault, Gaylord, Glencoe, Henderson, Jordan, Lakeville, LeCenter,
Le Sueur, Mankato, Minnetonka, Montgomery, New Prague,
Northfield, Norwood-Young America, Prior Lake, Savage,
Shakopee, St. Peter, 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.