Get Ready To Celebrate: IBCLC Day 2016

HAPPY IBCLC DAY! #happyibclcday blog post

Every day, International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are transforming world health through skilled lactation care. Recent major meta-analyses released as a part of the Lancet Series on Breastfeeding tells us the potential impacts are enormous:

  • With optimal breastfeeding, 823,000 children and 20,000 parents could be saved each year.1
  • Globally, the equivalent of US $300 billion could be saved each year.2

The health and financial impacts of breastfeeding impact all countries, regardless of income, dispelling the notion that breastfeeding is only a meaningful health issue in areas without access to clean drinking water.3

This is why the work of IBCLCs to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding is so critical. This week to highlight IBCLC Day (THIS WEDNESDAY, 2 March 2016) we will be focusing on the ways that IBCLCs are making a difference around the globe.

The Lancet series identified six primary interventions that are proven to increase breastfeeding rates:

  • Disseminate the evidence
  • Foster positive societal attitudes towards breastfeeding
  • Show political will
  • Regulate the breastmilk-substitute industry
  • Scale up and monitor breastfeeding interventions and trends in breastfeeding practices
  • Political institutions: exercise authority and remove structural and societal barriers that hinder women’s ability to breastfeed4

Around the world, IBCLCs are implementing these proven interventions. The result? IBCLCs are truly making ILCA’s vision a reality: improving world health through skilled lactation care.

On IBCLC Day, watch here and on our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram) to see examples of IBCLCs at work on the interventions that make a difference. Please be sure to amplify the message by sharing widely with your own social media community.


 

Have examples you’d like us to share from your community? Leave us a message in the comments here or share on our IBCLC Day event here.

 

  1. Victora, C. G., Bahl, R., Barros, A. J. D., Franca, G. V. A., Horton, S., Krasevec, J., et al. (2016, January 30). Breastfeeding in the 21st Century: Epidemiology, Mechanisms, and Lifelong Effect. The Lancet, Volume 387(10017), 475-490.
  2. Rollins, N. C., Bhandari, N. Hajeebhoy, N., Horton, S., Lutter, C., Martines, J., et al. Why Invest, and What it Will Take to Improve Breastfeeding Practices. The Lancet, Volume 387(10017), 491-504.
  3. Victora, C. G., Bahl, R., Barros, A. J. D., Franca, G. V. A., Horton, S., Krasevec, J., et al. (2016, January 30). Breastfeeding in the 21st Century: Epidemiology, Mechanisms, and Lifelong Effect. The Lancet, Volume 387(10017), 475-490.
  4. Rollins, N. C., Bhandari, N. Hajeebhoy, N., Horton, S., Lutter, C., Martines, J., et al. Why Invest, and What it Will Take to Improve Breastfeeding Practices. The Lancet, Volume 387(10017), 491-504.
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