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Product Philosophy

I don’t have a store because I’m a lactation consultant, not a retailer.

Many lactation consultants have an inventory of products they’re interested in selling and some will sell them without even seeing the client. These products include supplements, which I don’t endorse, claiming to increase milk supply or heal sore nipples. Please be aware that supplements are not regulated by the FDA and so you can’t be sure about the ingredients in the supplements or the claims they make. I made a conscious decision to offer clients my expert advice and only carry an inventory required to help you accomplish your goals during out visit. Combining the role of consultant and retailer carries an inherent conflict of interest that my standards will not permit. During our consultation, I may recommend you buy something but you can be confident that I won’t compromise my ethics by that recommendation.

From Allied Health World-2010:

Do IBCLC certified professions adhere to a Code of Ethics?

Once individuals receive their IBCLC they are required to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics that mandates they purchase liability insurance, maintain confidentiality according to HIPAA codes, and follow the provisions of the International Code of Marketing Breast Milk Substitutes. The International Code of Marketing Breast Milk Substitutes mandates an IBCLC cannot offer formula to clients because it would insinuate they were endorsing a certain brand of formula.

They are also not allowed to endorse any particular product, such as a specific brand of pump or bottle, to avoid conflict of interest. If a lactation consultant suggests something to a client, they typically provide them with three choices and let them choose so they are not accused of endorsing anything.