It's interesting that you brought this up, the credentialing body for IBCLC's (www.iblce.org
) is considering a second, entry/lower/educator-level certification for breastfeeding educators as we write (to clarify, the certifications that bf educators currently hold are typically through workshops or classes that are offered through private education places such as http://www.healthychildren.cc/
or one listed here http://www.ilca.org/education/courselistings.php
; but they are not standardized and administered by the IBCLE or another credentialing body as other board exams are [and the IBCLC exam is]). It's been quite a debate in the LC community.
Some believe that hospitals would simply employ the "lower" credentialed people, making IBCLC's less able to be employed; also that the IBCLC designation is just now itself becoming more recognized and another credential would once again muddy the waters (it is still muddy for a lot of people who don't understand the difference in all the terms used as it is). Some would like to see it and the standardization it would carry for educators, and also like that it would be an entryway for those who want to go on for IBCLC. There are a lot of other points that have been brought up but those come to mind.
"September 2006 - Breastfeeding Peer Support Credential: The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) has identified a need in Canada and the United States to define a baseline of competence for those providing community-based breastfeeding peer support. The Board is developing a criterion-referenced certification to evaluate the competence of these individuals, who are an important component of the continuum of care available to breastfeeding mothers in these countries. Relevant stakeholders are being consulted."
For members of ILCA (www.ilca.org)
, there is a discussion about it on the members-only part of the forums. I'm sure that it's been on Lactnet too but I don't really keep up with it lately
PS... maybe the LC considered what she was doing the same way as I do when I teach a baby bath to a para 4... I know she knows how to do it but we still are supposed to go through it anyway just to cover the bases... and really most protocols do say that all bf moms should be taught/latch assessed, etc... so she was really probably being evidence-based & well-intentioned, even if annoying