International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) work in a wide range of health care settings. A large percentage of IBCLCs works in hospitals, but a growing percentage works in community-based facilities. These community health care facilities include public health clinics, lactation centres, milk banks, medical practices, midwifery practices, and private lactation consultant practices.
Quite often, IBCLCs combine teaching and/or advocacy along with their clinical practice as a lactation consultant. Educational activities range from teaching parents and families to educating other health professionals and colleagues. Given that advocacy is another form of education, IBCLCs who venture into this arena share their knowledge of human lactation and breastfeeding with community leaders and policymakers.