What is a Biological Nurturing® Certified Lactation Consultant?
A Biological Nurturing Certified Lactation Consultant (BNCLC) views breastfeeding as a normal activity of daily postpartum living and assumes that human mothers and babies, like other mammals, have the innate capacity to nurture and nourish their babies. BNCLCs therefore believe that maternal breastfeeding behaviours are inborn, regulated by the lower brain structures. The hypothalamus, located deep within the lower brain orchestrates those archaic behaviours ensuring the survival of the species. The neocortex or the upper brain is the part that thinks, the 'big brain' that differentiates us from other mammals. Thinking makes us biologically superior to other mammals but too much thinking overrides reflexes and instincts. Like some other basic activities of daily living (eating & drinking, communication, play & social life) breastfeeding is both private and public. These self-care activities do not normally require professional management. Rather, to support breastfeeding initiation, the priority is to nurture the maternal innate capacity. To do this, the BNCLC strives to quiet the mother’s ‘thinking brain’ promoting privacy and protecting that maternal hormonal complexion (or behavioural state) conducive to the release of oxytocin and prolactin. It makes biological sense that stimulating the ‘hypothalamic brain’ supports breastfeeding initiation, as it is the lower brain structures that regulate maternal innate breastfeeding capacity. The BNCLC is a practitioner who has integrated BN as her “go to strategy” and abides by the motto “There is not one ‘correct’ way to breastfeed”.
A BNCLC works professionally with mothers and babies during pregnancy, the time of breastfeeding initiation and beyond in a variety of settings (for example, at home, in hospital, or at community centres).
The BNCLC has had prior training and/or experience working as a health professional (midwife, doctor, nurse, health visitor, public health nurse, nurse practitioner and dietician) a lactation consultant, a doula, a La Leche League leader, National Childbirth Trust, Association of Breastfeeding Mothers or other breastfeeding counsellor or peer supporter.
Biological nurturing is often called laid-back breastfeeding representative of the mother’s posture but the words also describe the laid-back scope of professional practice. The BNCLC takes a back seat, aiming to build and restore mothers’ confidence in their archaic and self-caring capacity to breastfeed. The BNCLC shares BN research findings and other theories emphasising mother knowledge with a view to increase breastfeeding enjoyment.
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Certification Prerequisites, Procedures, Scope of practice and Fees
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