Are Lactation Consultants Affecting Breastfeeding Success? Article Review by Nicky

Are Lactation Consultants Affecting Breastfeeding Success?
A review and discussion of the article "Integrating Lactation Consultants into Primary Health Care Services: Are Lactation Consultants Affecting Breastfeeding Success" by S.E. Thurman and P.J. Allen.
# 149626 | 1,411 words | 1 source | APA | 2011 | US

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In this paper, the writer reviews the article by Thurman and Allen, simultaneously relating personal impressions, opinions and comments relating to the primary question this study addresses: "Are lactation consultants affecting breastfeeding success?". The writer considers some of the reasons a mother may choose not to breastfeed her infant and looks at the role of individuals with certified lactation consultant credentials. The writer explains the role of the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and also includes an interview with a friend who relates her personal experience with breastfeeding. The writer relates that from this study, he gained a greater understanding of the help that individuals with IBCLC certification are able to provide for new mothers. A figure is included in the paper.

Study Components
Breastfeeding Considerations

From the Paper:

"Now, however, the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a recognized credentialing agent in breastfeeding support, assures a specific standard of education, training, and knowledge that non-certified "lactation consultants may not possess (Thurman & Allen, 2008, p. 2). Along with earning educational credits relating to breastfeeding, individuals with Certified Lactation Consultant credentials must complete extensive clinical training with breastfeeding mothers and earned a passing grade on the final lactation consultant's exam. Once the individual passes the exam and has been certified, the professional lactation consultant must re-certify every five years. After 10 years, the lactation consultant must re-take the exam for recertification. For mothers to become knowledgeable about what may happen when they start breastfeeding, it is vital that they receive proper informative information regarding breastfeeding. Healthcare providers sometimes fail to provide new mothers with information explaining the benefits of breastfeeding over formula feeding (Thurman & Allen, 2008, p. 1).
"Professionals who are knowledgeable about breastfeeding serve as one of the key components in not only encouraging new mothers to breastfeed their babies, but also in educating family members regarding the significance of breastfeeding and the value of supporting the mother to breastfeed her baby. Thurman and Allen note: "Breastfeeding initiation and breastfeeding maintenance benefit from the skills and assistance of a supportive experienced individual" (Ibid.)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Thurman, S.E. & Jackson Allen, P.J. (2008). Integrating lactation consultants into primary health care services: Are lactation consultants affecting breastfeeding success? Pediatric Nursing. Retrieved July 21, 2009 from

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APA Format

Are Lactation Consultants Affecting Breastfeeding Success? (2011, December 26) Retrieved September 18, 2020, from

MLA Format

"Are Lactation Consultants Affecting Breastfeeding Success?" 26 December 2011. Web. 18 September. 2020. <>