Mary Unangst, IBCLC, photographed at her office in Tampa, FL.
Mary Unangst, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) discusses breastfeeding and the mother baby dyad, the biggest concerns she hears from moms, the process of becoming an IBCLC, getting recognized as a healthcare provider, barriers to breastfeeding, the risks associated with not breastfeeding, and how we can better support moms. Plus, being a breastfeeding mom in a military family stationed abroad, and what doing this intimate work fulfills in her. Download on iTunes or Stitcher to listen on the go, or listen below!
Show notes and links:
The different types of lactation consultants.
Becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is a 3-5 year process. The knowledge needed for the licensing exam includes maternal & infant development, nutrition, physiology, endocrinology, pathology, pharmacology, toxicology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, techniques, and clinical skills. Whew!
Mary earned her BS in Maternal and Child Health from Union Institute & University.
Info on barriers to breastfeeding, from the Surgeon General.
Mary worked as a breastfeeding peer counselor through WIC, which was set up to improve the nutrition of women, infants, and children.
Breastfeeding support for moms everywhere:
- Google search for an IBCLC in your area
- Seek out an La Leche League group
- Use the “find a lactation counselor” buttons on the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) or the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) website.
- Then, spread the word to other moms!
Risks of not breastfeeding for mothers and infants.
Education on infant behavior by WIC in California. Really good stuff in here!
Induced lactation, for mothers who adopt or for mothers from same sex couples who did not carry, is great for bonding.