Nurturing Lactation, LLC

Why an IBCLC

Wendy McHale is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with over 19 years experience in helping breastfeeding mothers.

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is specifically educated in breastfeeding management and counseling to work with mothers to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems. To become certified, an IBCLC must pass an International Board Exam covering subjects including counseling, anatomy, physiology, endocrinology, nutrition, biochemistry, immunology, pathology, pharmacology and toxicology of both mother and baby, as well as infant/child growth and development. IBCLCs must recertify every five years to insure they keep their knowledge and skills up to date.


Breastfeeding is natural, but it is also a learned skill. Many mothers have little to no exposure to other breastfeeding mothers before giving birth making it difficult to get off to a good start. A consultation with an IBCLC and the support of other breastfeeding mothers can greatly improve a mother's chances of successfully breastfeeding her baby.