Bring Your Country to #ILCA2020 – Participate In The Virtual Parade of Flags

1 hét 2 nap ago
As both #ILCA2020 and the ILCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) goes all-virtual this year for everyone’s safety, we are thinking creatively about how to honor and celebrate our members and attendees in new ways! As an international organization, we have traditionally opened our conference with a Parade of Flags, where attendees from all over the […]

#ILCA2020 Is Going Virtual – Win a Free Registration!

1 hét 5 nap ago
This year is a time of crisis and change worldwide: both the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing human rights uprisings across the globe have highlighted the gaps and failings in our current systems. Babies and families have always needed us. Now more than ever, we are called on to learn and grow so we may best […]

Message from the President

1 hónap ago
Yesterday, George Floyd was laid to rest in Texas, United States, next to his mother.  I, like so many around the world, mourn his passing, and send my deepest condolences to his family, including his six-year-old daughter Gianna. His death is holding so much that it can feel hard to bear. From the pain of […]

ILCA Statement in Support of Black Families in the United States

1 hónap 1 hét ago
Photo credit: Facebook image of Autumnn Gaines, photo taken by her wife Jania Gaines George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, died face down and handcuffed, after being pinned down by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Among his last words were a call to his mother. As mothers, and as those that support […]

Update on Questions Regarding Journal of Human Lactation Article Safe Handling of Containers of Expressed Human Milk in all Settings During the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Pandemic

2 hónap 1 hét ago
A recent controversy regarding an article about the handling of human milk containers during the COVID-19 pandemic has raised important concerns from readers of the Journal of Human Lactation. We hope that the following helps answer some of your questions and guide your next steps as a skilled lactation provider. What is the article about? […]

Don’t Get Lost in Translation: Evaluating COVID-19 Data and Guidance

2 hónap 2 hét ago
Every day, new information is released about the COVID-19 virus. New statistics refute earlier assumptions, new data challenges current protocols, and just-released guidelines are revised and replaced. As a professional helping lactating families, how do you wade through the flood of information? And how do you translate it to action steps for your practice? In […]

ILCA and USLCA Joint Statement in Support of the World Health Organization

2 hónap 3 hét ago
The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) stand firmly in support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and their critical work helping “mothers and children survive and thrive,” particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The care plans and policies that are established during COVID-19 for the care of new […]

Add a Telehealth Frame To Your Facebook Profile

3 hónap 2 hét ago
Are you providing lactation support via telehealth? Help families learn that they can access your care online by choosing to display our new telehealth frame on Facebook.  Choose from any of the following options: #1 #2 #3  How to Add a Profile Frame on Desktop  Navigate to your profile page by clicking your name on […]

ILCA Statement on Breastfeeding and Lactation Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

3 hónap 3 hét ago
Statement released: 18 March 20 All international world health guidelines agree: Breastfeeding should continue and be supported during the COVID-19 epidemic, with appropriate precautions. Breastfeeding protects infants and young children, particularly against infectious disease. When a person is lactating and becomes ill with a virus, they develop antibodies to fight the illness. Those antibodies are […]

Joint Statement for CSW64: Invest in breastfeeding for gender equality and sustainable development

4 hónap ago
As skilled lactation providers, we know that national and global policies affecting health care, workplace support, and access to breastfeeding and chestfeeding support impacts our individual clients’ ability to reach their infant feeding goals. We additionally know that reaching those individual goals impacts that one family, but also the health of the community and even […]

Celebrating IBCLC Day!

4 hónap 1 hét ago
Lactation education. Home lactation support. Helping breastfeeding and chestfeeding families in clinics and hospitals. Human milk research. Emergency and disaster support for displaced families with infants. These are just a few of the ways that you as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLCs®) are contributing to world health outcomes by sharing your expertise. On 4 […]

Ten Strategies for Supporting LGBTQIA Families

4 hónap 1 hét ago
How well does your clinical setting or private practice serve LGBTQIA patients and clients? Is there more you could be doing? In ILCA’s recently released webinar, Care of the Same Sex Family, Diane DiTomasso, PhD, RN, shares strategies for effectively supporting LGBTQIA families. Here are ten highlights for providing culturally appropriate care from her webinar. […]

ILCA Seeks Bylaws Changes in 2020

4 hónap 2 hét ago
The ILCA Board of Directors is pleased to ask ILCA voting members (those who are currently certified as an IBCLC®) to vote on the 2020 bylaws changes. The ILCA Board of Directors supports the proposed changes. Voting ILCA members are encouraged to make an informed decision after thoughtful consideration of the issues, before they visit […]

Ten Things IBCLCs Need to Know About the Gut Microbiome

4 hónap 3 hét ago
New understanding of how human milk affects the gut microbiome is helping to explain exactly how the benefits of human milk are achieved. We hear a lot these days about the gut microbiome—and with good reason. Evidence suggests that the bacteria in our gut influence virtually every aspect of our functioning, from our stress and […]

Six Tips For Preparing To Breastfeed

5 hónap 1 hét ago
Your baby has not yet arrived, but you know you plan to breast- or chestfeed. What are the best ways to prepare? Below, International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLCs®) share six top tips on how to get ready for the journey ahead. Taking these steps now will maximize your chances of meeting your breastfeeding goals. […]
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How Can You Improve Outcomes By Supporting A Family’s Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy?

5 hónap 3 hét ago
Self-efficacy—most of us have heard the term. Similar to self-confidence, self-efficacy is the feeling you have when you see yourself as capable of accomplishing a goal, and you are pretty certain that you can succeed. You probably know intuitively that your client’s self-efficacy about breast- or chestfeeding is an important component of their success. But […]

IBCLC Care Awards: Applications Now Open

5 hónap 4 hét ago
Let potential clients know that your Hospital-Based Facility or Community-Based Agency recognizes the role of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) in protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding by applying for the IBCLC Care Award. The IBCLC Care Awards are promoted to new families and the general public which means your facility can enjoy the […]

Top 10 JHL Posts of 2019

6 hónap 2 hét ago
On topics ranging from addressing disparities to trends in research on human milk exchange, our community tapped into the top-accessed resources of Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) nearly 180,000 times last year. As we wrap up 2019, we compiled this list of the year’s top ten most accessed JHL articles. Planning on using research to guide […]


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