#ILCA16: Early Bird Conference Registration Now Open!

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Learn from the leading experts in the world while connecting with the advocates making global change all while enjoying Chicago, Illinois, USA! Registration is now open for the 2016 ILCA Conference and Annual Meeting.

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NEW IN 2016!

  • SHORTER CONFERENCE FORMAT with the opportunity to earn up to 22 CERPs (including pre-conference sessions), nursing contact hours, and CME credit! Check out this year’s schedule here.
  • MORE AFFORDABLE conference thanks to a shorter, three-day format.
  • GREATER FLEXIBILITY with no need to preregister for specific concurrent sessions. Choose the sessions you like on-site.
  • MANY OPPORTUNITIES to participate in our highly popular Clinical Skills Rotation on the pre-conference day. (Pre-registration required)
  • FREE WIFI in all meeting rooms!



Learn from the world’s leading experts on the topics that you need to provide the best possible lactation support. See this year’s plenary speakers here.



This year’s conference theme is Celebrating Baby Friendly in the Hospital and Beyond: Helping Families Thrive Worldwide. Baby-friendly practices are those that support and promote breastfeeding—in all settings and stages—through the incorporation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. This year’s conference celebrates these practices in hospitals, in clinics and physician offices, and throughout the family’s community.

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ILCA Announces 15th National-Regional Partner Agreement: Shanghai YUREN Breastfeeding Promotion

ILCA has just achieved another important milestone in signing its 15th National—Regional Partner agreement with Shanghai YUREN Breastfeeding Promotion Center (SYBPC) based in Shanghai, China. Click here to learn more about the ILCA Partner Initiative and the 14 other Partners.

ILCA 最近和中国上海育人母乳喂养促进中心(SYBPC)签订了国际区域合作伙伴协议,这是本协会签订的第15个国际区域合作伙伴,也是协会发展历史上的又一个重要里程碑。

ILCA is thrilled with the prospect of what lies ahead for this collaboration and the shared impact we may have on breastfeeding in China. We asked SYBPC founder, Yuwen Ren MD, to share some of her insights into the organization and why this agreement is so meaningful.


Lactation Matters (LM): Tell us about why Shanghai YUREN Breastfeeding Promotion Center (SYBPC) is so important to human health in China.

LM: 请谈一下为什么上海育人母乳喂养促进中心对中国的人群健康是非常重要的?

Yuwen Ren (YR): SYBPC is the first NGO in China to provide 90 hours of breastfeeding-specific education courses for healthcare providers (HCPs) to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®)s. Past students have come from 19 different provinces and cities in China.

YR: 上海育人母乳喂养促进中心是中国首家NGO对医护人员提供90小时的母乳喂养专项教育,帮助她们成为国际认证哺乳顾问。在过去,我们的学员覆盖了中国19个省。

In China, on average, there are more than 15,000 newborn babies delivered every year in a 3A hospital, and around 10,000 babies per year in a 2A hospital. In 2015, 26 participating students passed their exams and became IBCLCs. They are all HCPs who are working in either a 3A or a 2A hospital. They had, and will continue to have, great impact on promoting breastfeeding in China, including in the big cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, etc.


We also trained some of our students to become trainers and helped them to design educational courses in their own hospital or local area. We are now recognized by hospitals across the country and have received numerous invitations for our courses. We’re very confident that our students will cover all 30 provinces and cities in the next three years.


Starting in Summer 2015, we launched a project to establish breastfeeding-friendly communities, which is supported by the local government. In one such community, we have trained 30 local government employees to provide outreach to 500 families. We already have three cities participating in the project.


LM: What challenges do you face in your work?

LM: 你在工作中面临什么样的挑战?

YR: SYBPC is a very young organization. Our staff and volunteers work very hard to achieve our goals. We have a regular training program for them as well. Because we have so many ongoing and planned projects all over China, we need more people to join us.

YR: SYBPC是一个非常年轻的组织。我们的工作人员和志愿者正在非常努力地实现我们的目标。于此同时,我们对他们有一个定期的培训计划。因为我们有很多正在进行和计划进行的全国性项目,我们需要更多的人加入我们。

LM: Why did your organization decide to become an ILCA National—Regional Partner?

LM: 你的组织为什么决定要成为本协会合作伙伴?

YR: ILCA is a well known international organization with 30 years of history, with which we share similar ideology and thoughts regarding breastfeeding promotion. We hope our decision can help both of us to provide more up-to-date information to Chinese people. We believe this two-way bridge will be a win—win collaboration for both ILCA and SYBPC.

YR: ILCA是一个知名的国际组织,具有30多年的历史。同时,与我们在母乳喂养推广方面有着相似的理念和思想。我们希望这个合作的决定能有助于双方向中国提供更多的最新信息。我们相信这种双向的桥梁将是ILCA和SYBPC一个双赢的合作。

We believe, together with ILCA, we can write a whole new chapter in breastfeeding promotion in China, and at a global level as well. We also feel excited that we can share our experiences with other partners. We foresee that we can learn a lot from each other.


LM: What is your vision for breastfeeding support in China?

LM: 什么是你对中国母乳喂养促进的愿景?

YR: Breastfeeding promotion is very challenging, not only in China, but also worldwide. Our mission is to educate more health providers who can help mothers and babies have a good start in breastfeeding in hospitals. Meanwhile, we provide community education and support to expectant mothers and postpartum mothers discharged from the hospitals. Our vision is to create a natural, healthy, and robust environment and culture for breastfeeding in China.

YR: 促进母乳喂养是非常具有挑战性的,不仅在中国,而且在全世界。我们的使命是培养更多的医护人员,因为她们可以帮助母亲和婴儿在医院就有一个良好母乳喂

Yuwen Ren is the founder and director of the Shanghai YUREN Breastfeeding Promotion Center. She received her MD at the Beijing Medical University, China, and served as an anesthetist at the Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital. She also received her Master of Education at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. She became a La Leche League leader in 2007 and became an IBCLC in 2011. She is the first Chinese IBCLC in mainland China.



Mulford/WABA Fellow Update: Reflections Upon Penang, Malaysia

We are proud to once again welcome Dr. Genevieve Becker to Lactation Matters. Dr. Becker just completed her time in Penang, Malaysia as the Chris Mulford World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) ILCA Fellow, where she is working with WABA at their headquarters on outreach and advocacy projects. She offers up reflections on her experience here.

By Dr. Genevieve Becker, IBCLC, FILCA

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to spend six weeks with World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) as the Chris Mulford WABA-ILCA Fellow. It was a wonderful experience. I wrote in a previous blog post about the first part of the Fellowship and participating in the WABA/UNICEF Stockholm Symposium: Contemporary solutions to an age-old challenge: Breastfeeding and work, held 26-28 September 2015. This article is about my time in Penang, Malaysia at the WABA office.

My activity was quite varied. WABA is about advocacy and I spent some time exploring what the term advocacy means in relation to ILCA members – is it a verb as in “to advocate for . . . ,” or a noun, like in “the advocacy committee,” or something totally different? Advocacy seemed to be about using your voice so those with power – those who can influence things that matter – hear your voice and they act. Eventually, I developed an outline of how the ILCA web site could provide a platform to raise awareness, inform and develop the skills of advocacy among ILCA members, and highlight opportunities to use those skills and to add their voice to advocate for skilled lactation care available to all mothers.

The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) has long been a topic I am particularly interested in. I presented a workshop to local hospital breastfeeding leaders and administrators, as well as medical students, through the Penang Medical College. I also presented a session during the Breastfeeding Advocacy and Practice two-week course attended by participants from countries in Asia, Middle East and Africa.


BFHI Workshop at Penang Medical College

These presentations, though titled as addressing challenges to implementing BFHI practices, provided an opportunity to discuss the language used about BFHI practices. Many of us are familiar with the change in communication standards that use “breast is best” to “breastfeeding is normal” and from the “benefits of breastfeeding” to the “risks of not breastfeeding.” I was able to give participants a handout with links to read more about this concept in case it was new to them. I put forward the concept that practices of BFHI are not interventions; they are the biological norm, and thus we should not expend our energy arguing the “evidence” for these practices. All mammals keep their newborns close by and feed their babies their milk, and support is provided by the “herd.” To facilitate human mothers and babies to do these normal practices is not an “intervention” – it is supporting the norm. It is up to the health workers who want to separate baby and mother and use non-human milk to prove that these interventions are safe and beneficial.

Look at the way practices of BFHI are phrased in your work. Are they supporting the biological norm or are the practices an “intervention” to be implemented? The BFHI is 25 years in existence in 2016. Perhaps it is time to ensure its standards are the normal course of care and not special “above normal” care.

Assisting with the Breastfeeding Advocacy and Practice course, with lead trainers Dr. Felicity Savage and Sandra Lang, provided me with experience of facilitating clinical practice sessions with the participants on three hospital visits as well as a visit to a community health service. In these visits, the course participants observed breastfeeding using a structured observation tool, took histories to recognize the elements that contributed to a breastfeeding difficulty, assisted mothers to develop skills, saw how labour and birth practices could influence breastfeeding, discussed with mothers in the community how they might address challenges to breastfeeding as well as learning from mothers’ experiences. I also facilitated communication skills practice in the classroom. Hearing about breastfeeding related practices across the many diverse countries was fascinating and highlighted how many similarities there are for babies, mothers, and health workers, whether they are from Singapore, Brunei, Fiji, Malaysia or Ireland.

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IBCLCs at the BAP Course

The fellowship is funded by ILCA and WABA and I was the 7th WABA-ILCA Fellow since 2007. I undertook a survey of the past fellows to explore and report what could be learnt from their fellowship experiences towards ensuring the fellowship activity was worthwhile to WABA, ILCA, and the fellow herself.

I also contributed to Health Care Practices issues when needed while based at the WABA Secretariat. This included sharing documents, contributing to general discussions, participating in an informal visit from a distant maternity service to the office and a formal visit from Dr. Shin Young-Soo, WHO Regional Director of the Western Pacific accompanied by Malaysian Ministry of Health officials.

I worked full days though there was still some time for leisure activities. Penang Island is a densely populated busy industrial and business area as well as a tourist destination. It has been an important sea port for hundreds of years contributing to the blending of cultures and peoples that live there – Chinese, Indian, Malay, and more recently English, Australian, Dutch, Japanese and many other backgrounds. Penang was Britain’s first settlement in Southeast Asia (1786) and the English influence is still very strong with English widely spoken, which makes it easy for those who speak the language to get around. There is an excellent public transport system and after a few hours of walking around, it was a pleasant rest to ride an air conditioned bus observing the activities on the streets as we passed.

I found every person I met to be friendly and helpful and a general relaxed atmosphere. Georgetown, the city of the island, is a UNESCO world heritage site to walk around and experience the traditional cultures side by side with modern high rise buildings as well as resort beaches. As well as a good public health system, large private hospitals on Penang serve residents (with private insurance) as well as medical tourism from other south-east Asian countries. My experience of getting a tooth filling replaced would have me returning if only to obtain immediate inexpensive high quality dental care. Penang Island connects to mainland Malaysia by a ferry and two modern bridges across the 4km (2.5 mile) channel allowing it to be a distinct area though in easy reach of the rest of Malaysia.

The weather is tropical, 28-32 C day and night with moderate humidity, though for half my stay there was unfortunately a heavy “haze” or smog from plantation burning in nearby Sumatra, which obscured the sun and limited outdoor activity. Towards the end of my stay, the smog lifted and I was able to enjoy walking on the beach, exploring the botanic gardens and relishing the sunshine before returning home to my usual grey wet winter. Very enjoyable was the wide variety of inexpensive food that was easily available. Some evenings, I prepared my own meals with food from open air markets or international chain supermarkets and some evenings I sampled the variety within a few minutes’ walk of my apartment. The people in the WABA office were very informative and tolerant of my endless questions about food ingredients, cooking methods, and taking me to different eating places each lunchtime to fulfill my wanting to sample every food from every culture! But there was so much variety, I only was able to sample a small range.

I particularly enjoyed working in an atmosphere of interesting people who were enthusiastic about the work that they did. Every day brought interesting activities, new information and lively discussions. Overall, my Fellowship was great!

G BeckerGenevieve Becker is a registered dietitian and an IBCLC who has worked in maternal, infant and young child feeding for over 30 years. Her main interest is the education and performance of health workers. She has earned a Masters of Science (Community Health), a Masters in Education and a PhD, all which examined aspects of assessment of health worker performance in assisting mothers to learn skills related to breastfeeding. She is the lead author for the Cochrane systematic review on methods of milk expression. She was a volunteer counsellor with a mother-to-mother support group for 20 years.

Her business, BEST Services, provides consultancy services related to breastfeeding education, support and training nationally and internationally. Some current contracts include the coordination of the Baby Friendly Health Initiative in Ireland and assisting countries to revitalise their BFHI activities. Genevieve was the lead for the updating and revision of the UNICEF/WHO BFHI global materials in 2006-2009.

Genevieve served for 6 years on the ILCA Board and is currently the only FILCA in Europe. Genevieve lives in Galway city, on the west coast of Ireland with her husband. Their daughter currently works in New York City and their son and two granddaughters live in Ireland.



2016 IBCLC Care Awards Now Open

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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 benefits of positive public relations in your community, including:

  • Enhanced attractiveness to potential patients
  • Competitive edge in recruiting lactation consultants, nurses, midwives, mother support counselors and other medical staff
  • General good will in the community by providing excellent care in helping new families reach their breastfeeding goals

Visit the IBCLC Care Directory to see which Hospital-Based Facilities are already benefiting from the IBCLC Care Award program!

Hospital-Based Facilities and Community-Based Health Agencies that staff currently certified IBCLCs can apply online to become a recognized IBCLC Care Award facility. Learn more about the qualifications and complete the online application here.

Apply now! Applications will be accepted online starting 11 January 2016 through  19 February 2016.

The award was created by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®). Learn more and apply here.


Join Us on ILCA’s BRAND NEW Website!

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We are so proud to invite you to visit ILCA’s new website. It has been completely redesigned to make it easier for our members – and the global lactation community – to access the features and resources you use frequently.

The new ILCA site was crafted to more fully reflect our Core Values (Knowledge, Diversity, and Equity) and our vision: World health transformed through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care. 

Based on input from the ILCA community, we overhauled the features you said mattered most. Visit ilca.org now to see:

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The Knowledge CenterYou spoke and we listened. We’ve created an all-new ILCA Knowledge Center designed for ease of use so you can focus on your learning. Visit the Knowledge Center today to access:

  • live webinars
  • webinars on demand
  • modules from the Journal of Human Lactation
  • and for our members, EASY access to continuing education

Our library focuses on the topics you’ve told us are most important, from the impact of breastfeeding interventions and evidence about galactagogues to human milk sharing and more.

Questions about how to access ILCA educational content? Watch here and at your ILCAlert for an upcoming tutorial on how to access the Knowledge Center.

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Accessing the JHLWe have all found ourselves caught in the sign-in loop between the ILCA website and the site for the Journal of Human Lactation (JHL). NO MORE! We now have a single sign-on system which allows you to only need to sign-in one time to access not only all of ILCA’s content, but JHL content as well, including:

  • Online First, papers published online ahead of print
  • The JHL archives
  • Inside Tracks, handouts produced by the JHL to reinforce teaching and expand awareness of breastfeeding related issues. These handouts are free exclusively for ILCA members and all JHL subscribers.

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COMING SOON! Find a Lactation Consultant DirectoryWe gathered feedback from around the globe about how to enhance the Find a Lactation Consultant (FALC) Directory to best meet members needs. In just a few days, watch for the new FALC to launch. You will be able to access your profile and immediately update it. No more calling our office and requesting the change. We are committed to making this feature a more valuable and accurate resource for YOU and YOUR community.

Questions about how to change your profile? Watch here for an upcoming tutorial on how to make changes to your FALC profile.


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COMING SOON! We will have an additional, major feature rolling out soon: ILCA ConnectILCA members and members of our Global Partners will be able engage with one another on our own private, social network. Watch here for more information!


Despite our best efforts and our beta testers from around the world (thank you!) we know glitches may happen. If you find broken links, non-functioning features, have trouble logging in as a member, or have trouble accessing the resources you need, please don’t hesitate to contact us at admin@ilca.org. We are here to help!

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Introducing JHL Editor-in-Chief Joan Dodgson

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The board of directors and executive staff of the International Lactation Consultant Association are pleased to announce Joan E. Dodgson PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN has been selected as the incoming Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Human Lactation (JHL).

Joan brings extensive experience to this critical role, including more than 15 years as a practicing IBCLC in a variety of settings. She has conducted research in countries around the world on breastfeeding with a focus on reducing health disparities, including serving as the director of the Center for the Advancement of Health Disparities Research at the University of Hawaii, United States. In January, she will be joining the St. Louis University in St. Louis Missouri, United States, as the Patricia and James R. Hemak Endowed Professor in Maternal Child Health Nursing Research​ at the School of Nursing.

Watch for Joan’s first issue in May 2016. Outgoing editor Anne Merewood steps down as of 31 December 2015. The journal’s interim Co-Editors are Sara Gill PhD, RN, IBCLC, FAAN and Kathleen A. Marinelli MD, IBCLC, FABM.

With this transition, also watch for a new structure that will guide how each issue is created. In keeping with the latest industry best practices in journal management, Joan will act as the Editor-in-Chief, providing executive leadership. The role of managing editor will be handled by J & J Editorial.

We at Lactation Matters were curious about Joan, her vision for the JHL, and how her experiences as a researcher will shape her as the Editor-in-Chief. Please read on to learn more about Joan’s unique perspective on the future of the JHL.

Lactation Matters (LM): The Journal of Human Lactation has been carefully nurtured over the past thirty years, resulting in a highly respected journal by measures including impact factor and number of submissions. Tell us about your vision for building on these important successes.

Joan Dodgson (JD): The field of lactation practice and the research that builds the knowledge for this practice is very broad, drawing on disciplines as varied as basic laboratory sciences, historical and policy analysis, and social sciences (anthropology, sociology and political science), as well as the health sciences.

I believe JHL can continue its upward momentum by reflecting this diversity while maintaining the high standards developed and promoted by my predecessors. Key to realizing this vision is broadening the scope of work published in JHL to include disciplines other than health sciences, including but not limited to history, political science, women’s studies and economics. I will reach out to these communities of scholars and encourage their contributions to JHL.

ILCA and JHL are international in their scope. Over the past 10 years JHL has increased the presence of international research in the journal. I intend to continue this trend through increasing content that has international relevance. I will be working with the Editorial Review Board to develop ways we can better reach out to researchers globally and ways we can better ‘internationalize’ journal content.

It is essential that practicing IBCLCs and others working with breastfeeding families have the most up-to-date and valid knowledge base. JHL is a major international venue where this information is shared. However, often it is difficult for non-researchers to evaluate the usefulness of specific studies for their practice. Having been a practicing IBCLC for 15 years, I understand the need for translation of research findings in ways that are meaningful to the practitioner. As a researcher, I understand the importance of not over reaching with one’s conclusions about research findings, as well as the contextual nature of most research, which limits applicability to practice.

Over the next year and probably beyond, I will be initiating conversations with JHL readers in a variety of venues about how we can bridge this research/practice gap and create a journal that effectively meets the needs of practitioners while maintaining high quality research standards. I welcome every ILCA member and JHL reader to join in these important conversations.

LM: In addition to having served as a practicing IBCLC in a variety of settings, you are also a professor and actively engaged in breastfeeding research. Tell us about the focus of your research.

JD: The focus of my research is building knowledge about breastfeeding disparities among diverse minority populations in the US and Asia. Over the past 16 years, I have worked with a research team in Hong Kong to develop an evidence-base about the breastfeeding contexts and effectiveness of government policies.1-3 Additionally for over 10 years, I have been working with a Native Hawaiian research team focused on finding ways to improve breastfeeding rates among that high-risk population in Hawaii.4-6 Although I have used a number of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, several threads have been consistent throughout my career.

  • Ethnographic and epidemiologic explorations of infant feeding patterns and structural barriers affecting successful breastfeeding, which make visible the contexts in which women make their infant feeding choices.4, 7, 8
  • Hospital and community agencies adherence to established public policies that support and promote breastfeeding (e.g., BFHI, WHO Code compliance). 9, 10
  • The lack of appropriate education concerning breastfeeding for health care providers. 11, 12
  • Ways historical influences have shaped current breastfeeding practices. 13-15

LM: How do you see your own research background and interests influencing your role as Editor-in-Chief of the JHL?

 JD: The methodologically broad scope of my research career (e.g., history, policy, theory-based modeling, women’s lived experiences) provides a background that allows me to evaluate not only the content of submitted manuscripts but also their scientific rigor. This will facilitate effective interactions with both authors and reviewers from different disciplines, ultimately resulting continued high quality within JHL.

Having worked extensively both as clinician and as researcher in hospital and community settings, I understand the demands and possibilities inherent within these contexts. I am bringing these understandings to the role of Editor-in-Chief.

LM: ILCA has been on a deliberate path of transformation, resulting in a new vision, core values, and set of goals and objectives in order to fulfill our mission. How do you see your work with JHL aligning with ILCA’s new direction?

JD: I feel my work is completely aligned with ILCA’s new direction. This transformation is what drew me to apply for the Editor-in-Chief position. The social justice focus that is the ground upon which my research has been built is completely congruent with ILCA’s core values of knowledge, diversity and equity. My commitment to these values has been long standing. In 2012, I published a discussion about the issues of race and racism in breastfeeding research, which pre-dated ILCA’s current equity framework. 16

LM: Tell us what led you to focus your work on birth and breastfeeding.

 JD: I came to perinatal nursing after working for 10 years in hospital-based critical care, including pediatric and neonatal intensive care units. First, I moved to labor and delivery nursing. Then it seemed like a natural transition to broaden my speciality area to the whole perinatal period, including the entire breastfeeding family, from the breastfeeding parent and baby to supporters including fathers, partners, and grandparents. That is when it became essential to learn more about breastfeeding.

I was working at UCLA and had the good fortune to attend Kitty Frantz’s lactation educator course. The more I worked with breastfeeding families, the more I appreciated the complexity of their situations and of my role. This complexity often occurred within an unsupportive system, which raised many hard questions, so when I went back to college for graduate degrees this was my focus. First, I focused on developing educational programs for parents and providers, then on researching what worked and why.

img_1090_188201 (1)Joan E. Dodgson PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN is the incoming Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Human Lactation. She is also the Patricia and James R. Hemak Endowed Professor in Maternal Child Health Nursing Research​ at the School of Nursing, St. Louis University, St. Louis MO. A practicing IBCLC for 15 years, Joan has an extensive background in research with a focus of in building knowledge about breastfeeding disparities among diverse minority populations in the US and Asia. She has served on the faculties of the University of Hong Kong, China; School of Nursing, Duke University, USA; School of Nursing, University of Hawaii, USA; and Arizona State University, USA, in addition to her role as Director of the Center for the Advancement of Health Disparities Research, University of Hawaii, USA.

Please join us in welcoming Joan to her new role as Editor-in-Chief.


  1. Dodgson, J.E., et al., Theory of planned behavior-based models for breastfeeding duration among Hong Kong mothers. Nursing Research, 2003. 52(3): p. 148-58.
  2. Tarrant, M. and J.E. Dodgson, Knowledge, attitudes, exposure, and future intentions of Hong Kong university students toward infant feeding. JOGNN – Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 2007. 36(3): p. 243-54.
  3. Tarrant, M., J.E. Dodgson, and K. M. Wu, Factors contributing to early cessation of breastfeeding in Hong Kong: An exploratory study. Midwifery, 2014. 30: p. 1088–1095.
  4. Dodgson, J.E., et al., Breastfeeding patterns in a community of Native Hawaiian mothers participating in WIC. Family & Community Health, 2007. 30(2 Suppl): p. S46-58.
  5. Flood, J.L. and J.E. Dodgson, Health care and social service providers’ descriptions of Pacific Islander mothers’ breastfeeding patterns. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 2010. 55: p. 162-170.
  6. Dodgson, J.E., M.F. Oneha, and M. Choi, Predictors of PTSD in high-risk prenatal Native Hawaiian women. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 2014. 4(59): p. 494-502.
  7. Dodgson, J.E., et al., An ecological perspective of breastfeeding in an indigenous community. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2002. 34(3): p. 235-41.
  8. Dodgson, J.E., Y. Chee, and T.S. Yap, Workplace breastfeeding support for hospital employees. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2004. 47(1): p. 91-100.
  9. Dodgson, J.E., et al., Compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes: An observational study of pediatricians’ waiting rooms. Breastfeeding Medicine, 2014. 9(3): p. 135-141.
  10. Dodgson, J.E., A.L. Watkins, and M. Choi, Evaluation of supportive breastfeeding hospital practices: A community perspective. Avances En Enfermería (Advances in Nursing), 2010. 28(2): p. 17-30.
  11. Dodgson, J.E. and M. Tarrant, Outcomes of a breastfeeding educational intervention for baccalaureate nursing students. Nurse Education Today, 2007. 27(8): p. 856-67.
  12. Dodgson, J.E., M. Bloomfield, and M. Choi, Are health science students’ beliefs about infant nutrition evidence-based? Nurse Education Today, 2014. 34: p. 92-99.
  13. Dodgson, J.E. and R. Struthers, Traditional breastfeeding practices of the Ojibwe of northern Minnesota. Health Care for Women International, 2003. 24(1): p. 49-61.
  14. Dodgson, J.E. 16th International Nursing Research Congress. A history of African American infant feeding practices in Durham, North Carolina, and the influences of social policy and national legislation. in Sigma Theta Tau International. 2005.
  15. Dodgson, J.E. The Influences of Social Policy on Low Breastfeeding Rates among African Americans. Transforming Health, Driving Policy. in American Academy of Nursing Annual Conference. 2014. Washington D.C.
  16. Dodgson, J.E., Chapter 6: Race, racism and breastfeeding, in Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities, P. Hall-Smith, B.L. Hausman, and M. Labbok, Editors. 2012, Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, NJ. p. 74-83.




Giving Thanks: The Passing of the Pen



At the end of this year, Anne Merewood PhD, MPH, IBCLC, will be stepping down as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Human Lactation (JHL). In today’s guest post, ILCA Board Member Kathleen Marinelli MD, IBCLC, FABM shares her reflections on Anne’s tenure. Watch here for an upcoming announcement of the incoming JHL Editor-in-Chief.

Beginning with the February 2012 issue of the International Lactation Consultant Association’s academic journal, the Journal of Human Lactation (JHL), Anne Merewood PhD, MPH, IBCLC has served as its Editor-in-Chief. During the four years under her leadership, the journal has seen many great improvements and additions.

The one most discussed is the rise in Impact Factor (IF), which is a calculated number used as a measure in academic journals to reflect the average number of citations to recent published articles in that journal. It is used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field, with journals with higher IFs deemed to be more influential than those with lower IFs.

In 2012 the Impact Factor was 1.638; in 2014 it had risen to 1.985 demonstrating more readership of the journal and an apparent improvement in the quality of the papers published. This increase was a continuation of the increase that had begun with our previous Editor-in-Chief Jane Heinig, PhD, IBCLC, and confirmed the continued forward motion of our organization’s journal under Anne’s leadership.

In addition to the rise in Impact Factor, under Dr. Merewood, we have seen more international submissions and publications in keeping with ILCA’s commitment to our global mission to advance the profession of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research. We have also seen more themed issues instituted, most recently the November 2015 edition entitled Special Issue on a CDC Initiative to Improve Community-Based Support for Breastfeeding. The current cover design template, with four small modern photographs chosen yearly from a photo contest among our members, began with her inaugural February 2012 issue. She changed the format of accepted papers to include longer, structured abstracts. By adding the Student Research section she opened JHL to young and new researchers in our field to have a place to submit their work and a chance to not only begin to learn the difficult process and methods of research itself, but the publication process as well, with a real opportunity at seeing their investigations published. Additionally by adding the easily understandable “Well Established/Newly Expressed” sections to each paper which are written in layman’s terms, the research published in JHL has become clear and available to all who read English, even if they are not familiar with research techniques or statistics.

The year Anne became Editor-in-Chief (2012) there were less than 150 submissions for consideration to JHL. To date in 2015 that figure has already doubled with more than 295 original submissions received thus far. This upswing in numbers has resulted in a 2-fold increase in the actual size of the journal. The February 2012 issue had less than 100 pages; the August 2015 issue had over 220! These many changes under her care have facilitated the JHL often being cited as a top ILCA member benefit.

The publication of the November 2015 issue of the Journal of Human Lactation was Anne’s final as the Editor-in-Chief, completing four full years in that position. The pen is being passed. Or maybe more appropriately in this day and age, the computer, the smart pad. However her work will remain as a testament to all she has done while JHL was under her care. We will still see remnants of that work in the papers reviewed under her strong leadership that are still to be published. These papers will be acknowledged as such as they are published in upcoming issues.

The February 2016 Journal of Human Lactation will have a new look. Something to be on the lookout for! The interim Co-Editors are Sara Gill PhD, RN, IBCLC, FAAN and myself, Kathleen A. Marinelli MD, IBCLC, FABM. Our new Editor-in-Chief has been hired—look for her announcement next week. Her first issue will be May 2016.

We wish to offer our heartfelt thanks from the ILCA Board of Directors, the Executive Staff, and our members to Anne, her Editorial staff, and the Editorial Review Board for their service under Anne’s leadership to the Journal of Human Lactation and ILCA over these past four years. We wish Anne continued success in her career endeavors. She has the gratitude of this Board, the staff, and the ILCA membership worldwide for the enduring contributions she has made to our field.

Kathleen Marinelli MD, IBCLC, FABM has been a neonatologist for over 25 years, an IBCLC since 2000 and is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (FABM). She has continued her life-long commitment to improving breastfeeding, the use of human milk and donor milk, especially in the NICU through her volunteer roles, research, teaching globally, and publishing papers, monographs and chapters.

She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of CT Medical School, and a member of the Human Milk Research Center at CT Children’s Medical Center, in Hartford, CT. She graduated from Cornell University & Cornell University School of Medicine; trained at Children’s National Medical Center, George Washington University, Washington DC; is co-Medical Director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes; member of the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition; served on the Board of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine for many years, and chairs its Protocol Committee.  She has served as Chair of the United States Breastfeeding Committee, and Chairs the US Baby-Friendly Hospital NICU Initiative.




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As International Board Certified Lactation Consultants , we are well versed on the intense physical, emotional, and cultural preparations that come as a family prepares to welcome a new child to the world. At the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®), we’ve been experiencing a bit of that ourselves as we prepare to launch a brand new website which will significantly change how you engage with our values, our vision, our programs, and our member benefits. Together, we seek to transform world health through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care and, with a new website, we’ll be better able to communicate exactly what ILCA is all about and engage meaningfully with our members, partners, and the global breastfeeding community.

We’ve heard you. Our current website is challenging to navigate, search, and accessing our learning opportunities has caused many of you to simply throw your hands up in frustration. We’ve spent much of the past year critically looking at our systems, conducting surveys to find out what works and what doesn’t, and exploring options to find THE VERY BEST for our members and all of those who support ILCA.

We are proud to announce that, VERY SOON, we’ll be inviting you into our new space.

You’ll find a number of brand new features, including our KNOWLEDGE CENTER and our private social network as well as a significant updating of some of our most used features, such our Find a Lactation Consultant Directory and access to the Journal of Human Lactation.

So, keep encouraging us along in these final weeks of our website “pregnancy”. And, as any good IBCLC knows, once we experience our birth, there is more hard work which will require your patience, your wisdom, and your eagle-eyed problem solving skills! Even with extremely careful planning, there are always challenges to be worked out. We’ll need you! We’ll be announcing just before our launch a special contest to help us find broken links, features which could use further tweaking, and helpful, encouraging feedback.

So, forgive us while we do a little nesting, a little stressing, and a lot of looking forward to what is to come over the next few weeks.

Join Us in Our Excitement and Stay Tuned for More Details Soon!


I Am an ILCA Member Because…

We believe that International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) membership gives you what you need to provide the best breastfeeding support. But don’t trust us – listen to your fellow members! We reached out to members from all over the world and asked them to finish the following sentence:

I am an ILCA member because…

I want mothers to receive up-to-date, accurate information from me when I see them, and I want to support the organization that supports my practice.

Let me count the ways! 10 CERPS per year! Free advertising with the Find a Lactation Consultant Directory! The Journal of Human Lactation! Inside Tracks! To show my pride in my profession and the strength in our international community!

Because as an IBCLC in private practice, it is really important to me to be part of the larger IBCLC community.

It keeps me connected to IBCLCs around the world and keeps me current and connected.

2016 Membership Blog ImagesMy international professional association provides me access to excellent research and professional development opportunities. As an IBCLC, I am proud that ILCA has a broad public health vision “World health transformed through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care” and has organizational values of knowledge, diversity and equity.

I am a premie of the 1970’s who received the best possible care and the golden gift of breast milk from my mother and support from the health professionals. I grew up to be a maternity nurse by speciality with passion to be with mothers and babies.

ILCA gives you what you need to provide the best breastfeeding support.

The membership package for 2016 includes benefits that allow you to:

If you are new to ILCA and are joining for the first time, you will have full access to all of ILCA’s member benefits as soon as you join.

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ILCA Introduces a NEW Look and a NEW Logo!

Website Launch Blog ImagesIn the past year, the International Lactation Consultant Association ® (ILCA®) has taken a critical look at our values, embraced a new strategic vision, and introduced our Partners Program, impacting the way ILCA engages with the global breastfeeding community.

With these changes, we recognized that it was time for a new look that better reflects our global nature and the many powerful parts that make up our organization.

In the past months, the Logo Redesign Task Force has been hard at work. This international group of members closely examined our values and direction, considered what was most vital to communicate about what ILCA is and gave design direction to a gifted professional graphic designer (learn more about Adriana Lozada below). After reviewing multiple design directions, the Task Force unanimously recommended the design we are presenting here now. Our board enthusiastically accepted their proposal and a new logo for our organization was accepted.

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We selected this logo because it represents ILCA’s expanding impact in the global breastfeeding community. It also depicts the collaboration between many different communities, work settings, backgrounds, and cultures that are needed to bring about great change. Plus, we loved the feel of a “swirl” where you mix parts of something and come up with something greater.

We officially begin using this logo 4 January, 2016 along with our BRAND NEW WEBSITE (watch for more details very soon!) which will launch with a WHOLE NEW LOOK for the organization.

We want to extend our gratitude to the hard work of the Logo Redesign Task Force and to our graphic designer!

adriana and annikaAbout the designer: Adriana Lozada is a graphic designer and birth professional currently living in Rochester, New York. After graduating in Communication Studies in Montreal, Canada, she co-founded a newspaper and media company in Venezuela. In the late 90’s she co-founded a network of youth sites in Spanish and was named one of CNN en Español 20 “Latin American Leaders of the Internet” for 2000.  Adriana has lived all around the world and can communicate in 5 languages. She is the mother of ten-year old Annika (pictured here). We chose her because of her unique understanding of graphic design, birth and breastfeeding, and international communities.

It is an exciting time for ILCA and we look forward to all that 2016 holds in store! If you have not yet joined or renewed your membership, NOW IS THE TIME! You can find information on our website or by emailing membership@ilca.org



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