As we come to a close of 2022 there is a lot to reflect on in the world. The past few years have given us all an opportunity to reflect on our practices and how we provide services. They have also highlighted many challenging areas yet given us the opportunity to realise our ability to be flexible, think outside the box, and to provide hope.
Lactation, breastfeeding, chestfeeding, bodyfeeding are all inclusive to supporting a world with hope and acceptance. All of us that work in this field have at one stage or another thought that what we do can change the world, and it can. As lactation professionals, we have the ability to share knowledge with others and to guide our colleagues, communities and our governments in a direction that will benefit all. Read more ...
When a Dream Becomes a Reality – Health e-Learning-IIHL and the UQTR Graduate Diploma in Lactation.
When you dream something is possible and work really hard in collaboration with colleagues, sometimes those dreams become reality! It has been a very busy and exciting past few months for Health e-Learning-IIHL and the years’ prior have been even more of an adventure. Sometimes the paths cross at the right time and this was the case for what has developed into the International Institute of Human Lactation Inc., (Health e-Learning-IIHL) collaborating with the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR).
The journey started many years ago yet began to blossom about 4 years ago with a small team Louise Dumas, MSN, PhD, Chantal Doucet DC, DICCP,MSc, and myself, Carole Dobrich, B.Sc, RN. IBCLC.
We all had a similar goal to improve lactation through interdisciplinary education. We believed that lactation support needed a village which included all health disciplines. We wanted to develop an advanced lactation program designed for health care professionals from a variety of backgrounds, with each bringing their own strengths to the learning process. It took a few years as we assessed, evaluated and planned what was possible. We asked international experts to evaluate the content validity, relevance, and feasibility of our proposed interdisciplinary graduate program in advanced lactation and they responded. Read more ...