Gerber/Nestle provides 15 min with lactation consultants

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Gerber/Nestle provides 15 min with lactation consultants
Wed, 12-04-2013 - 1:01pm

Gerber provides free 15-minute phone consultations with board-certified lactation consultants

Is a company that sells formula the best source of breastfeeding information? Does it make a difference that they are using board-certified lactation consultants?

BTW, Gerber has combined with Nestle at some point and they are sharing the same slogan "Start Healthy. Stay Healthy"

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

I was somewhat confused by the "board certified" designation. It looks like the true title is "cetrified lactation consultant" or CLC. Many people seem to confuse CLC with IBCLC.  An internationally board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) always gives the highest qualified lactation care. IMO, a CLC offers less than that average La Leche League Leader. A Leader has far more required training, counseling skills and hours of hands on helping than a CLC.

In additon an IBCLC is required to be senstitive to conflicts of interest and could therefore not be affilitatied with any formula manufacturer.

I'll find a link.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

IBCLE is the organization that certifies IBCLCs:

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) is the global authority that certifies practitioners in lactation and breastfeeding care.
IBLCE was founded to protect the health, welfare and safety of the public by providing theinternationally recognized measure of knowledge in lactation and breastfeeding care through the IBLCE exam. Successful candidates become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants(IBCLCs).
A crucial part of an IBCLC’s duty to protect mothers and children is adherence to the principles and aim of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent relevantWorld HealthAssembly’s resolutions.
IOW, an IBCLC is sworn to uphold the WHO Code and therefore could not work for Gerber, Nestle, Abbott, Mead-Johnson or Wyatt.
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

This interesting link says that anyone who claims to be a lactation consultant but is not an IBCLC has a meaningless credential.


Someone who calls herself a lactation consultant and has some letters after her name: For example, CLE, or CLC. Those letters mean that the individual has taken a course—usually about a week long– and given a certificate. Great for teaching classes, and for helping with the normal course of breastfeeding, but not for consulting with moms/babies with challenges that don’t resolve quickly. The ONLY letters that matter when you’re looking for a legitimate lactation consultant are IBCLC. That is the standard in the field of lactation. It means she has 100′s if not 1000′s of hours of clinical experience, has taken a board exam and is required to re-certify every 5 years.

Breastfeeding counselor, breastfeeding specialist, breastfeeding expert: All of these terms mean virtually nothing. I say this because there are no regulations about these terms.  Some of these professionals have had many hours of classes and may even have some clinical hours.  But it is not guaranteed."