There has been a lot of discussion on social media and in the news recently about “feeding babies”. This discussion has included the questions of whether exclusive breastfeeding is safe and whether all babies should be supplemented in the first week after birth.
Despite well documented research to support exclusive breastfeeding, some ill-supported commentaries cited to questionable exclusive breastfeeding research and asserted pre-lacteal feeds have only ceased since the introduction of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.
Further still, some publications have accused breastfeeding advocates of forcing breastfeeding onto families, causing mothers to feel guilty, leading to post-partum depression. Most recently an article appeared recalling how an IBCLC gave the mother “permission” to wean her baby.
Enrollments are now closed for LP17 - Lactation Practice Exam!
All access to the Lactation Practice Exam will close on April 6th at 5pm (EDT).
Students sitting the October IBLCE exam, can enroll into LP17 - Lactation Practice Exam October release, on July 4th.
Good luck to all of our students sitting the April IBLCE Exam. We look forward to hearing all about your exam experience.
Trudi Szallasi Memorial Scholarship
Our friend and colleague, Trudi Szallasi, was an online tutor with Health e-Learning from August 2005 until her untimely death from breast cancer in June 2008. Trudi was totally committed to helping mothers and babies to have a successful and happy breastfeeding relationship.
She was a volunteer breastfeeding counselor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association, served as a Director on the National Board and held the role of State President for 2 years. After qualifying as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Trudi began a private practice and ultimately became the President of the local branch of the Australian Lactation Consultant’s Association. In the year Trudi qualified as an IBCLC, she gained the highest marks in the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners examination and was subsequently invited onto the IBLCE examination committee for the review of the following year’s exam.
She left behind three beautiful young children, a devoted husband and loving parents, brothers and their families, and countless friends.
Health e-Learning, by the awarding of this scholarship, is seeking to honour the memory of a truly remarkable and wonderful woman who made a great contribution to the mothers and babies in her care, the students of lactation whom she taught, and the lactation world.