World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated at different times around the world. We hope everyone who celebrated WBW in August had a wonderful time and we hope those up and coming celebrations will be as eventful. We didn’t get a chance to highlight our July events as in August we also celebrated WBW so this month we would like to share some important things that have occurred.

 

Lactation Consultant Equity Initiative July 21st, 2015

Lactation Equity Action Seminar: Breaking Down Barriers to the IBCLC Profession

Health e-Learning-IIHL had the privilege to support the Lactation Consultant Equity Initiative by providing attendees with CERPs. This most amazing day highlighted the continued struggles many colleagues have on their journey towards IBCLC certification. The two invited guest speakers were Clifton Kenon and Kathi Barber and they addressed the cultural and socio-economic barriers to the IBCLC profession. This seminar included an interactive workshop. Attendees were given topics that had already been highlighted as barriers to the profession and were challenged to provide workable solutions to these barriers. All attendees were asked at the end of the day to write down one promise they could personally make towards removing the barriers to the IBCLC profession. Health e-Learning-IIHL will continue to collaborate with the Lactation Consultant Equity Initiative as we go forward.

International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) Conference July 22nd to 25th, 2015

Leadership in Lactation: 30 years and moving forward

We again shared our Health e-Learning-IIHL exhibitor booth with our sister company Step 2 Education International Inc. If you dropped by the booth you would have had the opportunity to meet our facilitators Barbara, Melanie and Odile from Health e-Learning and Kathy from Step 2 Education. We really do love the opportunity to meet so many of our students. Thank you to all of you who came up to us to have a chat, meet you in person and to put a face to a name.

We had the opportunity to thank many of our speakers who provide the expert lectures and to ask others to share their knowledge with us online. We are very excited this year as we have many new lectures that will soon be available (in both English and French) for our students and several additional ones are planned for 2016.

Our presence at the above events was a wonderful opportunity for us to catch up with so many of our colleagues and friends. We at Health e-Learning-IIHL understand how important it is to cherish connections with family and friends in the lactation community.

In this month’s newsletter, we would like to share some of the highlights of the 2015 ILCA Conference. We encourage you to consider one day attending an international conference, not only for the opportunity to hear and meet excellent speakers from around the world, but to also network with your lactation friends from around the globe.

What we heard throughout the conference this year, was that ILCA is committed to “world health transformed through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care.” ILCA has taken steps forward, reached out to the lactation world, and is uniting with Lactation Consultant Associations from provinces, states and countries around the world. The growing lactation family is slowly uniting as a global lactation community under the wings of ILCA.

ILCA opened their conference with the traditional parade of international flags, representing more than 100 countries. This was followed by an excellent opening presentation by Dr. Gail Christopher, VP for Policy and Senior Advisor at the W.K Kellogg foundation. Her presentation was on Supporting Breastfeeding Families: A global imperative.  Some of the other plenary presentations included Dr. Howard Chilton (Australia) talking about Breasts and Babies, Scents and Smells, Dr. Jane Morton (USA) addressed Game-Changing Research About Breastmilk Expression: Early hand expression and hands-on pumping, which Health e-Learning has as an Expert Lecture.

One of our favourite plenaries was given by Daniel Sellen, PhD (Canada) who gave an excellent presentation on Exclusive Breastfeeding: New tools to support an ancient need in a modern world. Our minds were also stimulated by the research from Donna Geddes PhD (Australia) and Dr. Kerstin Uvnas Moberg (Sweden).There were also very interesting workshops and concurrent sessions on Primary and Advanced Clinical Skills, Racial/Ethnic Disparities, just to name a few.

We hope you learn and enjoy.