Take the World Breastfeeding Week Pledge

Please join us in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2018, coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), 1-7 August 2018!

The theme this year is Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life. Breastfeeding helps to prevent malnutrition in all its forms, ensures food security for infants and young children, and thus, helps to bring people and nations out of the hunger and poverty cycle. It is because of these life-supporting and life-altering qualities that we refer to it as a foundation of life.

Even though it is still months away, we encourage everyone to start planning how you can participate in WBW this year. Tailor your event to best meet your local needs and interests: host a lecture, show a movie, plan a support group, have a picnic, organize a panel, write your legislators, or develop a unique event for your community. Once you plan your event, be sure to sign the WBW 2018 Event Pledge Form. This pledge will track your commitment to celebrate by hosting a WBW event.

For every pledge that is received, the WBW 2018 logo will appear on a world map on their website, with celebrants names and the locations of events. See what others are doing the world over to mark the occasion by viewing the events so far. Do not forget to hashtag your event with #WBW2018!

Need inspiration or resources? Here are some other ways you can get ready for WBW!

Visit the WBW 2018 website for general information and downloadable promotional materials, including the WBW 2018 Action Folder. The action folder information on the theme, and includes useful facts and figures, infographics, case studies, and suggested ways to take action.

Share your commitment to breastfeeding advocacy and education. The links between breastfeeding and nutrition, food security, and poverty reduction may be obvious to breastfeeding advocates, but there is still work to be done to make these connections clear to others. We know what needs to be done to support and enable mothers to breastfeed optimally, but we need to be more proactive and engage more people to make this a reality.

Look for information and action steps throughout WBW at Lactation Matters, where you’ll find articles, images, action steps, and more to help with your successful WBW 2018 observance.

For the most up-to-date information about WBW 2018 and to download promotional materials, please visit the World Breastfeeding Week website by clicking here.

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International Kangaroo Care Day: An Interview with Dr. Nils Bergman

 

In just two months, Dr. Nils Bergman, one of the world’s experts on the impact of skin-to-skin contact between an infant and their new family, will present at TOGETHER: Changing YOUR Community and the World, ILCA’s annual conference, in Portland, Oregon, United States, which will be held 18 – 21 July. Attendees at both our in-person and virtual conferences will be able to hear his presentation Skin-to-Skin Contact: Current Research and Mediating Mechanisms.

Dr. Bergman, who has shared his expertise on six continents, worked with Midwife Agneta Jurisoo in Zimbabwe to develop and implement Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for premature infants right from birth. This resulted in a five-fold improvement in survival of very low birth weight babies. He introduced KMC to South Africa in 1995, and after 5 years, KMC became official policy for care of premature infants in the hospitals of the Western Cape province. Dr Bergman continues to live and work in Cape Town as a Consulting Public Health Physician. He is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

In celebration of International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day, celebrated this year on 15 May, we’ve reached out to find out more about what drew Dr. Bergman to this work, why skin-to-skin contact is critical for infants, and what we can look forward to in his presentation.

 

Lactation Matters (LM): How did you come to be interested in early skin-to-skin contact between infants and their parents?

Nils Bergman (NB): Way back in 1988, I began working in a remote mission hospital in a low income country, with no incubators or realistic means to transfer small babies for care. We had learnt of Kangaroo Mother Method before we came. Since we had no incubators to stabilise babies, we started skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth. We saw a startling difference, instead of taking 6 days to stabilise, it took 6 hours. And we lowered mortality by 40%. The small babies had clear personas, rather than seemingly amorphous immature protoplasm.

 

(LM): Why is this such a critical issue for those who support new families to understand?

(NB): Perhaps it was an accidental discovery, but what we have to understand is that skin-to-skin contact is NORMAL, normal biology and part of reproductive fitness. Worse: separating mothers from babies is actually harmful. Toxic stress is defined as the ‘absence of buffering protection of adult support’, and this applies to premature babies more, not less. And it is very much a ‘family’ thing, the family fabric may also be adversely affected.

 

(LM): What new research or new techniques are you MOST excited to share with us in July?

(NB) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have funded a multicentre study, being conducted by WHO in Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria and Tanzania. We will randomise 4200 babies weighing between 1000g and 1800g to normal care in warmers and compare them to the same normal care in “Immediate KMC”.

Want to learn more? Join us for #ILCA18!

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Warm Chain of Support for Breastfeeding

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), an ILCA Global Collaborator, has introduced a new initiative and vision for quality, consistent pre- and post-natal care: Warm Chain of Support for Breastfeeding. The Warm Chain strives to coordinate efforts at all levels to provide a continuum of care, from pregnancy through a child’s second birthday. There are usually many people providing care and support along the way to new families or families-to-be. The Warm Chain seeks to intentionally connect these “links” with consistent messaging and proper referral systems so that parents and children can benefit from ongoing support and skilled assistance.

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®s) play a multidisciplinary role that straddles generalized support for breastfeeding and allied healthcare. This improves maternal and infant survival, health, and well-being rates over the antenatal, birth, and postnatal periods.

As an IBCLC, there are many ways in which the care you provide can serve to further strengthen the links along the Warm Chain. Empowering parents to achieve their breastfeeding goals; providing accurate lactation information and training; and facilitating the establishment of programs, research, and policies in support of breastfeeding and lactation support are ways you can—and probably already DO—encourage connectivity between all actors along the continuum of care.

 

Find more suggestions on ways IBCLCs can support the Warm Chain HERE.

Take advantage of new Warm Chain of Support for Breastfeeding seed grants for projects “that focus on either starting a project or strengthening an existing effort to create an enabling environment for mother to continue breastfeed.” Seed grants are available up to $3000.00 (USD) per project. Find out more HERE.

Complete the Warm Chain survey to highlight both the links and the gaps between those links in the current model of care. Access the survey HERE.

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2018 ILCA Elections: Board of Directors

The ILCA Board of Directors has presented a ballot for ILCA voting members to select their next Director.

All ILCA members who are certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) and are in good standing should have received an email from ILCA on 23 April 2018 containing a link to the ballot (subject line: Your 2018 ILCA Board of Directors Ballot). If you did not receive an email and you should have, please contact the ILCA Office at admin@ilca.org (or) 1+ 919-861-5577 (or) 888-452-2478. Our ILCA staff is eager to make sure you get a ballot so your vote can be counted. To ensure a timely and secure election, all voting will take place through an online survey.

Prior to casting a vote, all voting ILCA members are encouraged to thoughtfully consider all information provided below. This will enable you to make an informed decision. Vote carefully: Once your vote is cast, it cannot be changed, repeated, or cancelled.

The balloting commences 23 April 2018 and concludes 07 May 2018, at which time all electronic votes will be tallied by the ILCA staff.

Board of Director Elections

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are pleased to present the 2018 ballot for election of one Director. The Nominations Task force used an objective scoring system to conduct a fair and impartial assessment of each application. After thorough review and analysis, the following candidates were approved by the ILCA Board of Directors. This year, we will be electing one new director.

A Director must be elected by a majority of ILCA voting members. (Note: ILCA Bylaw 3.4 confers voting privileges to those dues-paying ILCA members who are also IBCLC certificants.)

To run for the position of ILCA Director, ideally, candidates would:

  1. Have prior experience within ILCA; or experience in other national or international breastfeeding/professional advocacy groups, preferably in a board/director post or demonstrated leadership in other positions;
  2. Have verbal, written, organizational, teamwork, and delegation skills;
  3. Be sensitive to the challenges of ensuring equitable access to positions of leadership within ILCA for historically underrepresented groups; and
  4. Be sensitive to the challenges of ensuring equitable access to breastfeeding and skilled lactation care in areas where breastfeeding practices are unequal.

Please take time to review the profiles of each nominee, by clicking on their names, prior to casting your vote. You will vote for one.

Stephanie George, Bachelor of Arts (Honors), Aboriginal Midwife, IBCLC, Postpartum Depression Support Person, Crisis Trauma Responder; Jarvis, Ontario, Canada

Meena Sobsamai, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Registered Nurse Midwife, Graduate Diploma in Childbirth Education, IBCLC; Bangkok, Thailand

The ILCA Board extends a special thanks to the Nominations Task Force for their efforts on behalf of the entire membership.

Questions? Comments? Share them here! We want to hear from you.

 

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Iniziativa Ospedale Amico Dei Bambini (BFHI) 2018 Guida All’Applicazione Revisionata

Cari Colleghi,

Dopo mesi di discussioni approfondite e proficue con le nostre cinque organizzazioni internazionali che promuovono l’allattamento, il giorno 11 aprile 2018 l’Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità (OMS) ed il Fondo delle Nazioni Unite per l’Infanzia (UNICEF) hanno pubblicato la versione definitiva della Implementation Guidance: Protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services: the revised Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative 2018  (“Guida all’Applicazione: Proteggere, promuovere e sostenere l’allattamento in strutture che offrono servizi per la maternità e per I neonati, l’Iniziativa Ospedale Amico dei Bambini 2018”). Il documento finale riflette in gran parte le raccomandazioni formulate dalle nostre organizzazioni e ci congratuliamo con l’OMS e l’UNICEF per il lancio ben riuscito.

Siamo pienamente d’accordo on l’OMS e l’UNICEF che “l’allattamento rappresenta una componente vitale del diritto di ogni bambino di godere del miglior stato di salute possibile, nel rispetto del diritto di ogni madre di prendere una decisione informata su come alimentare suo figlio, basata su informazioni complete sostenute da prove di efficacia, libere da interessi commerciali, e con il sostegno necessario che le permette di portare a termine la sua decisione.”

Concordiamo anche che “le prime ore ed i primi giorni di vita di un neonato formano una finestra temporale critica per stabilire la lattazione e per fornire alle madri il sostegno necessario per allattare con successo” e che lo “scopo fondamentale dell’Iniziativa Ospedali Amici dei Bambini (BFHI) è di assicurare che le madri ed i loro bambini ricevano un’assistenza tempestiva ed appropriata prima e dopo il ricovero in una struttura che offre servizi per la maternità e per I neonati, per consentire l’instaurarsi di un’alimentazione ottimale dei neonati, che promuova la loro salute ed il loro sviluppo.”

Ci congratuliamo per l’inserimento nel Passo 1 del pieno rispetto del Codice Internazionale sulla Commercializzazione dei Sostituti del Latte Materno e le pertinenti Risoluzioni dell’Assemblea Mondiale della Sanità (il Codice Internazionale), di tutte le politiche relative all’alimentazione dei neonati e dei bambini basate sulle prove di efficacia e del monitoraggio interno costante delle relative pratiche cliniche.

Ci uniamo all’OMS e all’UNICEF per raggiungere l’obiettivo della copertura universale della BFHI e per garantirne la sostenibilità nel tempo.

IL CONTESTO

Preoccupati  per il disomogeneo, e relativamente basso, tasso di adozione globale della BFHI, l’OMS e l’UNICEF hanno deciso di valutarne i punti di forza e le criticità e tracciare un percorso per rivitalizzare sia l’iniziativa in generale che gli standard globali. È stata un’impresa enorme.

Una bozza iniziale del nuovo approccio proposto è stata rilasciata per un commento pubblico l’11 ottobre 2017. Le nostre cinque organizzazioni si sono riunite e, su invito dell’OMS e dell’UNICEF, hanno messo a disposizione la propria esperienza e collaborazione  per  modificare alcune parti che non erano state prese pienamente in considerazione nella bozza e per sviluppare ulteriormente la guida.

Vogliamo ringraziare l’OMS e l’UNICEF per la loro apertura e disponibilità al confronto e per il grande lavoro che l’integrazione  delle nostre raccomandazioni ha richiesto. In sei mesi di riunioni, tutte le parti hanno collaborato con l’obiettivo comune di rafforzare la guida per consentire a tutti i paesi di raggiungere l’adozione universale dell’iniziativa.

PUNTI SALIENTI DELLE PRINCIPALI RACCOMANDAZIONI

  • I governi dovrebbero essere coinvolti nell’attuazione nazionale della BFHI e dovrebbero impegnarsi a integrare gli standard internazionali nei sistemi nazionali.
  • Gli enti responsabili per la formazione pre-laurea dovrebbero incorporare nei propri curricula le prove di efficacia e le pratiche rappresentate dai Dieci Passi per un allattamento efficace (i Dieci Passi).
  • Sforzi andrebbero intrapresi per attirare l’attenzione pubblica sull’importanza dell’allattamento, sui rischi della formula e sulle pratiche che aiutano a proteggere, promuovere e sostenere l’allattamento.
  • Sforzi andrebbero intrapresi per proteggere l’allattamento, le famiglie e gli operatori dal marketing commerciale e dalle pressioni non etiche.
  • La BFHI dovrebbe essere integrata in altri interventi, in programmi internazionali e/o nazionali esistenti e coordinata con gli sforzi per sostenere l’allattamento nella comunità e nei luoghi di lavoro.
  • Per quei paesi che attualmente dispongono di un programma di riconoscimento ben funzionante in grado di raggiungere la maggior parte delle strutture che forniscono servizi di maternità e per neonati a livello nazionale, questa nuova guida non dovrebbe essere vista come un motivo per interrompere un programma di successo.

PUNTI SALIENTI DEI COMPONENTI CHIAVE DELLA GUIDA

  • Enfatizza l’importanza dell’allattamento esclusivo per 6 mesi per fornire il nutrimento, i nutrienti e l’energia necessari per lo sviluppo e la crescita fisici e neurologici.
  • Comprende un insieme di criteri globali chiari, con la possibilità di adeguarli al contesto nazionale.
  • Mantiene i Dieci Passi nell’ordine originale e con i contenuti tematici di ognuno. Modifica la loro formulazione per renderla più generica e consentire l’integrazione futura di prove di efficacia nuove e/o aggiornate. Spiega lo scopo di ognuno dei passi ed offre indicazioni chiare per l’attuazione.
  • Riconosce il contributo di ognuno dei dieci passi nel migliorare il sostegno per l’allattamento, e sottolinea la necessità che tutti i dieci passi vengano implementati come un pacchetto di interventi al fine di realizzare un impatto ottimale sulle pratiche riguardanti l’allattamento.
  • Fornisce una guida aggiornata per l’attuazione sicura delle pratiche e del monitoraggio dei pazienti. Ricorda agli operatori sanitari l’importanza di un’attenzione e di un’assistenza personalizzata.
  • Descrive l’importanza delle Cure Amiche della Madre e dell’impatto delle pratiche del travaglio/parto sull’allattamento. Ribadisce l’importanza delle conoscenze degli operatori su queste pratiche e la loro responsabilità di condividere queste informazioni con le madri. Rimanda ad altre linee guida OMS per ulteriori dettagli sulle specifiche pratiche.
  • Evidenzia l’importanza dell’allattamento e/o dell’alimentazione con latte materno per tutti i bambini ricoverati nella struttura, includendo alcune linee guida, indicatori e standard per fornire un sostegno ai neonati pretermine in aggiunta alle linee guida, gli indicatori e gli standard che sono stati storicamente indirizzati ai nati a termine sani.
  • Dà un mandato affinché le prove di efficacia e le pratiche contenute nei Dieci Passi vengano incluse nei programmi di formazione pre-laurea, mentre la formazione continua post laurea prosegue finché non si raggiunga una massa critica di nuovi professionisti formati che si sono laureati ed abbiano preso servizio.
  • Spiega le responsabilità delle strutture e degli operatori sanitari per il rispetto del Codice Internazionale, collocandolo in primo piano nel Passo 1, ponendo le basi perché il Codice Internazionale venga inserito in tutti gli aspetti dell’assistenza.
  • Propone e sottolinea l’importanza dei sistemi per monitorare e sostenere le pratiche.
  • Fornisce degli indicatori ben definiti che sono di facile valutazione e che permetteranno un confronto fra paesi. Mantiene tutti gli indicatori minimi all’80%.
  • Riconosce l’importanza di un riconoscimento pubblico, come l’accreditamento, come fattore fondamentale per il cambiamento. Indica la necessità di una valutazione esterna come uno dei principi chiave in un percorso di miglioramento della qualità e riconosce la natura trasformativa del percorso per diventare Baby-friendly, con effetti che si estendono all’intero ambito attorno all’alimentazione infantile. Questi comprendono un’assistenza più centrata sulle famiglie, un miglioramento netto negli atteggiamenti e nelle competenze degli operatori nei confronti dell’alimentazione infantile, una riduzione significativa dell’uso dei sostituti del latte materno e dello spazio “nido” del reparto. Dichiara che la qualità dell’assistenza riguardante l’allattamento migliora nettamente nelle strutture riconosciute “Amiche dei Bambini”.
  • Offre una guida robusta per percorsi di miglioramento della qualità alternativi in quei paesi dove l’opzione di un accreditamento tradizionale non è fattibile.
  • Rafforza il ruolo delle strutture che offrono servizi di maternità e per neonati nell’identificare le risorse appropriate disponibili sul territorio per un sostegno continuativo e consistente all’allattamento, che sia culturalmente e socialmente sensibile ai bisogni delle famiglie. Ricorda alle strutture la loro responsabilità di interagire con il territorio locale per potenziare tali risorse.

Cosa potete fare

Visto che questo documento ha dato risposta alle preoccupazioni sorte attorno alla bozza iniziale del 2017, chiediamo adesso a tutte le persone che lavorano con le famiglie nell’ambito dell’alimentazione dei neonati e dei bambini di unirsi, di sostenere i suoi obiettivi, e di lavorare all’interno dei singoli paesi per attuarlo nella maniera più efficace.

Prossimi Passi

Stiamo lavorando affinché venga inserita una clausola in una Risoluzione per la prossima Assemblea Mondiale della Sanità che chiede al Direttore Generale dell’OMS di lavorare in collaborazione con l’UNICEF per sviluppare degli strumenti per la formazione, per il monitoraggio e per l’advocacy sull’Iniziativa Ospedale Amico dei Bambini per aiutare gli Stati Membri nell’attuazione. Continueremo a seguire il percorso della Risoluzione, lo sviluppo degli strumenti e l’attuazione della guida.

Grazie.

Sinceramente,

Trish MacEnroe
Coordinator Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Network of Industrialized Nations, Central and Eastern European Nations and Independent States (BFHI Network)

Elisabeth Sterken
Co-chair IBFAN Global Council
International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN)

Michele Griswold
President International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)

Ann Calandro
Chair La Leche League International (LLLI)

Felicity Savage
Chairperson World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)

Altre traduzioni di questo post sono disponibili in inglese, spagnolo, francese, e giapponese.

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#ILCA18 Virtual Conference Registration Now OPEN!

Join the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) for our #ILCA18 Virtual Conference!

LEARNING: INNOVATIVE EDUCATION on the topics you need. 12 Continuing Education Units will be available for the Virtual Conference.

CONNECTION: BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with the entire #ILCA18 community by joining our Online CONNECT Community, exclusively for conference participants. Chat with both face-to-face and virtual contributors, get your questions answered by speakers, and find and share resources on the topics discussed at the conference.

BUILD THE SESSIONS YOU NEED: In addition to the scheduled sessions, #ILCA18 virtual attendees get FREE additional continuing education. Choose the content YOU need most by selecting an additional credit from our on-demand learning in the Knowledge Center.

LIVE OR ON YOUR TIME: Participate LIVE 20 – 21 July or watch on YOUR time – 60 full days of ACCESS to your content.

EASY TO USE + HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT: We are here to help! You will receive a direct link to our EASY-TO-USE conference platform with dedicated and patient tech support. During the live sessions, our professional tech support is staffed by skilled moderators. We love bringing your online questions to the floor of #ILCA18!

 

For more information about the #ILCA18 online conference, a full schedule of events, and registration information, visit the virtual conference webpage!

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2018 Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Revised Implementation Guidance

The document commonly known as the “Ten Steps” has recently been updated. ILCA has been actively advocating on behalf of the lactation community throughout the revision process. Below is a open letter to the community with an update on the revisions. ILCA would like to extend significant gratitude to the volunteers who have devoted many, many hours to this effort.

Dear Colleagues,

After months of thoughtful and productive discussion with our five global breastfeeding promotion organizations, on April 11, 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released the final version of the Implementation Guidance: Protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services: the revised Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative 2018. The final document is highly responsive to the recommendations made by our organizations, and we congratulate the WHO and UNICEF on a successful launch.

We strongly agree with the WHO and UNICEF that “breastfeeding is a vital component of realizing every child’s right to the highest attainable standard of health, while respecting every mother’s right to make an informed decision about how to feed her baby, based on complete, evidence-based information, free from commercial interests, and the necessary support to enable her to carry out her decision.”

We also concur that “the first few hours and days of a newborn’s life are a critical window for establishing lactation and providing mothers with the support they need to breastfeed successfully” and that the “core purpose of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is to ensure that mothers and newborns receive timely and appropriate care before and during their stay in a facility providing maternity and newborn services, to enable the establishment of optimal feeding of newborns, which promotes their health and development.”

We applaud the full application of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and relevant World Health Assembly Resolutions (the International Code), comprehensive, evidence-based infant feeding policies and ongoing internal monitoring of adherence to relevant clinical practices being incorporated into Step One.

We stand united with the WHO and UNICEF on the goal of scaling up to universal BFHI coverage and ensuring its sustainability over time.

BACKGROUND

Motivated by deep concerns about the uneven and relatively low global adoption of the BFHI, the WHO and UNICEF undertook the important tasks of evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the initiative and charting a course to revitalize both the overall initiative and the global standards. It was an enormous undertaking.

An initial draft of their new proposed approach was released for public comment on October 11, 2017.  Our five organizations came together and, at the invitation of the WHO and UNICEF, shared our collective expertise and worked with them to recommend changes in some areas that were not fully addressed in the proposal and further develop the guidance.

We would like to thank the WHO and UNICEF for their openness and willingness to engage in discussions and undertake the extra effort required to incorporate our recommendations.  During the 6-month period of meetings, all parties worked together with the mutual goal of strengthening the guidance to empower countries to scale up to universal adoption.

HIGHLIGHTS OF KEY HIGH-LEVEL RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Governments should become involved in the national implementation of the BFHI and should undertake efforts to integrate international standards into national systems.
  • Professional organizations responsible for pre-service education should incorporate the evidence and practices embodied in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (the Ten Steps) into their curricula.
  • Efforts should be undertaken to draw public attention to the importance of breastfeeding, the risks of formulas and the practices that will help to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
  • Efforts should be undertaken to protect breastfeeding, families and staff from commercial marketing and unethical pressures.
  • BFHI should be integrated into other interventions, existing international and/or national programs, and coordinated with efforts to support breastfeeding in communities and the workplace.
  • For those countries that currently have a well-functioning designation program able to reach the majority of facilities providing maternity and newborn services nationwide, this new guidance should not be viewed as a reason to discontinue a successful program.

HIGHLIGHTS OF KEY COMPONENTS OF THE GUIDANCE

  • Stresses the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for six months to provide the nurturing, nutrients and energy needed for physical and neurological growth and development.
  • Includes a clear set of global criteria, with the option to tailor for applicability to national standards.
  • Retains the Ten Steps in their original order and subject matter. Includes wording changes that are more generalized and designed to allow for the future incorporation of new and/or updated evidence. Explains the intent of each of the steps and offers clear guidance for their implementation.
  • Acknowledges the contribution of each of the ten steps to improving the support for breastfeeding, and stresses the need for all ten steps to be implemented as a package in order to attain an optimal impact on breastfeeding practices.
  • Provides updated guidance for the safe implementation of practices and monitoring of patients. Reminds health care providers of the importance of individualized attention and care.
  • Describes the importance of mother-friendly birth practices and the impact of birth practices on breastfeeding. Stresses the importance of healthcare professionals being knowledgeable about those practices and their responsibility for educating mothers. Refers them to other WHO guidelines for more details on the specific practices.
  • Stresses the importance of breastfeeding and/or breast milk feeding for all infants cared for in a facility by including some guidelines, indicators and standards for providing breastfeeding support for preterm infants in addition to the guidelines, indicators and standards that have been traditionally included for healthy term infants.
  • Sets a mandate for the evidence and practices embodied in the Ten Steps to be included in health care pre-service curricula while retaining the need to continue with in-service education until this is accomplished and several classes have graduated and entered into practice.
  • Explains the responsibility of healthcare facilities and professionals for implementing the International Code and places it prominently in Step 1, setting the stage for the International Code to be embodied in all aspects of patient care.
  • Stresses the importance of and proposes systems for monitoring and sustaining the practices.
  • Provides clearly defined indicators that are easy to assess and will allow for comparisons between countries. Retains all indicators at the 80% level.
  • Acknowledges the importance of public recognition, such as accreditation, as a key driver for change. Points to the need for external evaluation or assessment as one of the key principles of quality improvement and acknowledges the process of becoming Baby-friendly as transformative, with impacts pertaining to the entire environment around infant feeding.  This included the care being more patient centered; staff attitudes and skill levels about infant feeding improving dramatically; the use of infant formula and newborn nurseries being significantly reduced. States that the quality of care for breastfeeding clearly improved in facilities designated as “baby-friendly”.
  • Offers robust guidance for additional quality improvement options for countries where the traditional accreditation options are beyond reach.
  • Reinforces the role of facilities providing maternity and newborn services of identifying appropriate community resources for continued and consistent breastfeeding support that is culturally and socially sensitive to the needs of families. Reminds facilities they have a responsibility to engage with the surrounding community to enhance such resources.

 

Call to Action:

Given the responsiveness of this document to the concerns raised around the initial 2017 draft, we now call upon all those working with families on infant and young child feeding to band together, support its goals, and work within your countries to implement it in the most effective manner.

Next Steps:

We are working to ensure that a provision is included in a resolution for the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) to request the Director General of WHO to work in collaboration with UNICEF to develop tools for training, monitoring, and advocacy on the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to assist Member States with implementation. We will continue to monitor the progress of the resolution, the development of tools, and implementation of the BFHI guidance.

Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

Trish MacEnroe
Coordinator
Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Network of Industrialized Nations, Central and Eastern European Nations and Independent States (BFHI Network)

Elisabeth Sterken
Co-chair IBFAN Global Council
International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN)

Michele Griswold
President
International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)

Ann Calandro
Chair
La Leche League International (LLLI)

Felicity Savage
Chairperson
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)

 

Additional translations of this blog post are available in Spanish, Italian, French, and Japanese.

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Iniciativa Hospital Amigo De Los Niños Y Las Niñas 2018 (IHAN) Guia Revisada De Implementacion

Estimados colegas,

Tras meses de profundo y productivo debate entre nuestras cinco organizaciones mundiales de promoción de la lactancia materna, el 11 de abril de 2018, la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) y el Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (UNICEF) publicaron la versión final de la Guía de Implementación: Proteger, promover y apoyar la lactancia materna en instituciones que brindan servicios de maternidad y neonatología: la Iniciativa Hospital Amigo de los Niños y las Niñas 2018 revisada. El documento final responde en gran medida a las recomendaciones formuladas por nuestras organizaciones y felicitamos a la OMS y al UNICEF por el éxito de su lanzamiento.

Estamos completamente de acuerdo con la OMS y UNICEF en que “La lactancia materna es un componente vital para hacer realidad el derecho de todos los niños y niñas a gozar del más alto nivel posible de salud, al tiempo que se respeta el derecho de todas las madres a tomar una decisión informada sobre cómo alimentar a su bebé, basada en información completa y basada en la evidencia, libre de intereses comerciales, y el apoyo necesario para que pueda llevar a cabo su decisión”.

También estamos de acuerdo en que “las primeras horas y días en la vida de un recién nacido son una ventana crítica para establecer la lactancia y proporcionar a las madres el apoyo que necesitan para amamantar con éxito” y que “el propósito central de la Iniciativa Hospital Amigo de los niños y las niñas (IHAN) es asegurar que las madres y los recién nacidos reciban atención oportuna y apropiada antes y durante su estancia en una institución que proporciona servicios de maternidad y neonatología, que permita el establecimiento de una alimentación óptima para los recién nacidos, lo que promueve su salud y desarrollo.”

Aplaudimos la plena aplicación del Código Internacional de Comercialización de Sucedáneos de Leche Materna y Resoluciones relacionadas de la Asamblea Mundial de la Salud (el Código Internacional), la incorporación en el Primer Paso de políticas integrales de alimentación infantil basadas en la evidencia y la monitorización continuada de la observancia de las prácticas clínicas relevantes.

Nos alineamos con OMS y UNICEF en su objetivo de ampliar a universal la cobertura de la IHAN para las instituciones de salud materno infantil y garantizar su sostenibilidad en el tiempo.

ANTECEDENTES

Motivados por la profunda preocupación ante la adopción desigual y relativamente baja de la IHAN en todo el mundo, la OMS y el UNICEF emprendieron la importante tarea de evaluar las fortalezas y debilidades de la IHAN y trazar un rumbo para revitalizar tanto la iniciativa como los estándares globales. Una tarea ingente.

l 11 de octubre de 2017 se abrió un periodo de comentario público sobre el primer borrador con propuestas de un nuevo enfoque. Nuestras cinco organizaciones se reunieron y atendiendo a la invitación de la OMS y el UNICEF, compartieron experiencia y trabajaron conjuntamente para aportar a un mayor desarrollo de la guía y recomendar cambios en determinadas áreas no abordadas plenamente por la propuesta.

Deseamos agradecer a la OMS y al UNICEF su apertura y disposición para el debate y haber realizado el necesario esfuerzo adicional para incorporar nuestras recomendaciones. Durante el período de seis meses en que se celebraron las reuniones, todas las partes trabajaron conjuntamente con el objetivo común de fortalecer la guía para empoderar a los países hasta alcanzar la adopción universal.

RECOMENDACIONES PRINCIPALES: ASPECTOS DESTACADOS.

  • Los gobiernos deben involucrarse en la aplicación nacional de la IHAN y realizar esfuerzos para integrar los Criterios Globales en los sistemas nacionales de salud.
  • Las organizaciones profesionales responsables de la educación pre-grado deben incorporar en sus planes de estudio las evidencias y prácticas concernientes a los Diez Pasos para una feliz Lactancia Materna (los Diez Pasos).
  • Se deben realizar esfuerzos para atraer a la atención pública la importancia de la lactancia materna, los riesgos de las fórmulas y las prácticas que ayudaran a proteger, promover y apoyar la lactancia materna.
  • Se deben realizar esfuerzos para proteger a la lactancia materna, las familias y los trabajadores de las presión y las prácticas no éticas de la industria.
  • La IHAN debe ser integrada en otras intervenciones y programas internacionales y/o nacionales ya existentes, y coordinarla con otros esfuerzos de apoyo a la lactancia materna en las comunidades y lugares de trabajo.
  • En aquellos países que actualmente cuentan con un programa de acreditación que funciona correctamente y capaz de llegar a la mayoría de los centros que prestan servicios de maternidad y neonatología del país, esta nueva guía no debe ser considerada una razón para interrumpir un programa con éxito.

GUIA DE IMPLEMENTACION: ASPECTOS DESTACADOS DE LAS PRINCIPALES RECOMENDACIONES

  • Destaca la importancia de la lactancia materna exclusiva durante 6 meses para proporcionar la nutrición y la energía necesarios para el crecimiento y el desarrollo físico y neurológico.
  • Incluye un conjunto claro de criterios globales, con la opción de adaptar la aplicabilidad a las normas nacionales.
  • Mantiene los Diez Pasos en su orden y tema original. Incluye cambios de redacción más generalizados y diseñados para permitir la incorporación futura de pruebas nuevas y/o actualizadas. Explica la intención de cada uno de los pasos y ofrece una guía clara para su implementación.
  • Reconoce la contribución de cada uno de los Diez Pasos a la mejora del apoyo a la lactancia materna, y subraya la necesidad de que para lograr un impacto óptimo en las prácticas de lactancia materna, los Diez Pasos se implementen como un todo.
  • Proporciona una guía actualizada para la implementación segura de las prácticas y el seguimiento de los pacientes. Recuerda a los proveedores de salud la importancia de la atención y el cuidado individualizados.
  • Describe la importancia de las prácticas de parto amigables con la madre y el impacto de las mismas sobre la lactancia materna. Destaca la importancia de que los profesionales de la salud conozcan estas prácticas y su responsabilidad en la educación de las madres. Les remite a otras guías de la OMS para más detalles sobre las prácticas específicas.
  • Destaca la importancia de la lactancia materna y/o la leche materna para todos los lactantes atendidos en una institución, mediante la inclusión de directrices, indicadores y normas para la prestación de apoyo a la lactancia materna de los lactantes prematuros, además de las directrices, indicadores y normas que tradicionalmente se han incluido para los lactantes a término sanos.
  • Establece un mandato para que la evidencia y las prácticas incorporadas en los Diez Pasos sean incluidas en los planes de estudio de pre-grado de las profesiones sanitarias, manteniendo la necesidad de continuar con la educación post grado hasta que esto se logre y varias generaciones se hayan graduado y estén trabajando.
  • Explica la responsabilidad de las instituciones de salud y de los profesionales de la salud en la implementación del Código Internacional y lo coloca en un lugar pre eminente en el Paso 1, sentando las bases para que el Código Internacional se incorpore en todos los aspectos de la atención al paciente.
  • Propone sistemas para monitorizar y asegurar la sostenibilidad de las prácticas y destaca la importancia de las mismas.
  • Proporciona indicadores claramente definidos fáciles de evaluar y permitirán comparaciones entre países. Mantiene todos los indicadores al nivel del 80%.
  • Reconoce la importancia de medidas de reconocimiento público, como la acreditación, como motor clave del cambio. Señala la necesidad de una evaluación o valoración externa como uno de los principios clave de la mejora de la calidad y reconoce que el proceso de convertirse en “IHAN” es transformador, con repercusiones en todo el entorno de la alimentación infantil. Esto incluye que la atención se centra más en el paciente; que las actitudes y los niveles de destreza del personal con respecto a la alimentación infantil mejoran drásticamente; y que se reduzca significativamente el uso de fórmulas para lactantes y de las “nido” para recién nacidos. Afirma que la calidad de la atención de la lactancia materna mejora significativamente en las instituciones IHAN.
  • Ofrece una guía sólida para opciones adicionales de mejora de la calidad para países donde las opciones tradicionales de acreditación están fuera de alcance.
  • Refuerza el papel de las instalaciones que proporcionan servicios de maternidad y neonatología en la identificación de recursos comunitarios apropiados para un apoyo continuo y consistente a la lactancia materna que sea cultural y socialmente sensible a las necesidades de las familias. Recuerda a los establecimientos que tienen la responsabilidad de involucrarse con la comunidad para mejorar dichos recursos.

Llamada a la acción:

Dada la receptividad de este documento a las preocupaciones planteadas en torno al borrador inicial de 2017, hacemos ahora un llamamiento a todos los involucrados en la alimentación de lactantes y niños y niñas pequeños, que trabajan con las familias, para que se unidos, apoyen sus objetivos y trabajen dentro de sus países para implementarlo de la manera más eficaz posible.

Siguientes Pasos:

Estamos trabajando para asegurar que se incluya una disposición en una resolución de la próxima Asamblea Mundial de la Salud, que solicite al Director General de la OMS que trabaje en colaboración con UNICEF para desarrollar herramientas para la capacitación, el monitoreo y la promoción de la Iniciativa de Hospitales Amigos de los Niños que ayuden a los Estados Miembros con la implementación. Continuaremos monitorizando el progreso de la resolución, el desarrollo de herramientas y la implementación de la guía IHAN.

Gracias.

Sinceramente,

Trish MacEnroe
Coordinadora
Red IHAN de las Naciones Industrializadas, las Naciones de Europa Central y Oriental y los Estados Independientes (BFHI network)

Elisabeth Sterken
Copresidenta del Consejo Mundial de IBFAN
Red Internacional de Acción para la Alimentación Infantil (IBFAN)

Michele Griswold
Presidenta
Asociación Internacional de Consultores en Lactancia (ILCA)

Ann Calandro
Presidenta
Liga Internacional de la Leche (LLLI)

Felicity Savage
Presidenta
Alianza Mundial para la Acción pro Lactancia Materna (WABA)

Las traducciones adicionales de esta comunicación están disponibles en inglés, italiano, francés, y japonés.

 

 

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2018 Initiative Hôpitaux Amis Des Bébés (IHAB) Nouvelles Lignes Directrices

Chères collègues,

Après plusieurs mois de réflexions et de discussions productives avec nos cinq organisations internationales en promotion de l’allaitement, l’OMS et l’UNICEF ont publié la version finale des lignes directrices pour les IHAB, le 11 avril 2018, Implementation Guidance: Protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services: the revised Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative 2018. Le document final reflète très clairement les recommandations apportées par nos cinq organisations et nous félicitons l’OMS et l’UNICEF pour cette publication réussie.

Nous sommes entièrement en accord avec l’OMS et l’UNICEF que “l’allaitement représente un élément essentiel pour que soit reconnu pour tout enfant le droit fondamental au plus haut niveau de santé, tout en respectant le droit de la mère de prendre une décision éclairée sur la façon de nourrir son enfant. Cette décision doit être prise en se fiant à une information complète, basée sur des données probantes et libre de tout intérêt commercial. Le soutien nécessaire doit aussi être présent pour l’aider à actualiser sa décision.”

Nous sommes aussi de l’avis de l’OMS et de l’UNICEF lorsqu’ils affirment que “les premières heures et les premiers jours d’un nouveau-né sont critiques pour l’initiation de la lactation et pour soutenir les mères à allaiter avec succès” et que “le but de l’IHAB est de s’assurer que les mères et les nouveau-nés reçoivent les soins appropriés et en temps requis, avant et pendant leur séjour en maternité, en vue de faciliter la meilleure nutrition possible pour favoriser la santé et le développement des bébés.”

Nous nous réjouissons du fait que la condition 1 comprend dorénavant l’application complète du Code international de commercialisation des substituts du lait maternel (le Code international) et les résolutions subséquentes de l’Assemblée mondiale de la santé (AMS) qui le concernent, de même que des politiques complètes de nutrition de l’enfant basées sur des données probantes et le monitoring des pratiques cliniques liées à ces politiques.

Nous unissons nos voix à celles de l’OMS et de l’UNICEF pour que l’IHAB soit implantée partout dans le monde et que sa durabilité soit assurée au fil du temps.

CONTEXTE

Préoccupés par l’adoption inégale et assez faible de l’IHAB au niveau mondial, l’OMS et l’UNICEF ont entrepris d’évaluer les forces et les faiblesses de l’Initiative et de la revitaliser ainsi que les critères internationaux qui s’y rattachent. C’était une lourde tâche.

Des lignes directrices ont d’abord été proposées pour critique publique en octobre 2017. Nos cinq organisations se sont réunies et, à l’invitation de l’OMS et l’UNICEF, ont partagé leurs expertises en vue de bonifier ce premier jet dans lequel certains aspects n’avaient pas été touchés en profondeur.

Nous désirons remercier l’OMS et l’UNICEF pour leur ouverture et leur intérêt à poursuivre les discussions avec nous et à intégrer nos recommandations dans ce premier jet. Nous nous sommes attelés à la tâche tous ensemble durant 6 mois pour renforcer les lignes directrices en vue de permettre aux pays d’évoluer vers une adoption universelle de l’IHAB.

Traduction libre par Louise Dumas, Comité canadien pour l’allaitement; texte original en anglais “2018 Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Revised Implementation Guidance” du 11 avril 2018.

FAITS SAILLANTS DES RECOMMANDATIONS PRINCIPALES

Les gouvernements doivent s’impliquer dans l’implantation nationale de l’IHAB en plus de s’efforcer à intégrer les critères internationaux dans leurs systèmes nationaux.

Les responsables de la formation initiale des professionnels de la santé doivent intégrer dans leur curricula les évidences et la pratiques cliniques sous-jacentes aux Dix conditions pour le succès de l’allaitement (les Dix conditions).

Il faut attirer l’attention du public quant à l’importance de l’allaitement, des risques des substituts du lait maternel et des pratiques qui aident la protection, l’encouragement et le soutien à l’allaitement. Des efforts doivent être entrepris pour protéger l’allaitement, les familles et les travailleurs de la santé des pressions et de la commercialisation non-éthiques exercées par les compagnies de substituts du lait maternel. L’IHAB doit être intégrée dans d’autres interventions et programmes nationaux ou internationaux, en vue de coordonner les efforts pour le soutien de l’allaitement dans les communautés et les lieux de travail.

Les pays ayant développé un programme de reconnaissance et de certification pour tous les établissements de santé prodiguant des soins et services périnatals n’ont pas à cesser ces activités si elles sont productives. Ce n’est pas le but des lignes directrices actuelles.

FAITS SAILLANTS EN REGARD DES PRINCIPAUX ÉLÉMENTS DES LIGNES DIRECTRICES

Mettent l’accent sur l’exclusivité de l’allaitement pour les 6 premiers mois en vue de prodiguer à la fois les soins, les nutriments et l’énergie nécessaires à une croissance et à un développement physique et neurologique optimal.

Incluent une liste de critères internationaux clairs qui peuvent aussi être adaptés selon les standards des différents pays.

Maintiennent les Dix conditions dans leur ordre original de même que les sujets touchés dans chaque condition. Le langage utilisé permettra leur mise à jour éventuelle lors de la publication de nouvelles données probantes. Chaque condition est bien expliquée et contient une orientation claire quant à son implantation.

Reconnaissent la contribution de chaque condition dans l’amélioration du soutien à l’allaitement et soulignent le besoin d’implanter les Dix conditions comme un tout pour obtenir un meilleur impact sur les pratiques lies à l’allaitement.

Fournissent des directives claires pour l’implantation sécuritaires des pratiques et pour le monitoring de celles-ci. Rappellent aux professionnels de la santé l’importance des soins attentifs individualisés.

Décrivent l’importance des pratiques favorables aux mères (Mother-Friendly) et leur impact sur l’allaitement. Mettent l’accent sur l’importance pour les professionnels de la santé de bien connaître ces pratiques et leur responsabilité d’en informer les mères. Réfèrent aux autres lignes directrices en vigueur à l’OMS pour plus de détails concernant ces pratiques.

Soulignent l’importance de l’allaitement et/ou du lait maternel pour tous les bébés soignés dans un établissement, en incluant des directives, des indicateurs et des standards pour le soutien aux bébés prématurés.

Traduction libre par Louise Dumas, Comité canadien pour l’allaitement; texte original en anglais “2018 Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

(BFHI) Revised Implementation Guidance” du 11 avril 2018 en plus de directives, d’indicateurs et de standards qui ont toujours fait partie de l’initiative pour les nouveau-nés à terme.

Définissent un mandat clair quant à l’intégration des évidences et des pratiques sous-jacentes aux Dix conditions dans la formation initiale des professionnels de la santé, tout en poursuivant pour le moment l’éducation continue et ce, jusqu’à ce que plusieurs nouveaux gradués ainsi formés soient entrés en milieu clinique au cours des années.

Expliquent les responsabilités des établissements de santé et des professionnels de la santé dans l’implantation du Code international maintenant partie intégrante de la condition 1, décrivant ainsi les bases pour l’adoption du Code international dans tous les aspects des soins aux patients. Soulignent l’importance de la surveillance continue des pratiques et proposent des systèmes pour en assurer la pérennité.

Fournissent des indicateurs clairement définis et faciles à évaluer qui permettent les comparaisons entre les pays. Conservent le niveau de passage à 80% pour tous les indicateurs.

Admettent l’importance de la reconnaissance publique telle la certification, comme élément-clé de changement. Soulignent l’importance de d’évaluation externe comme principe de base pour améliorer la qualité des interventions. Reconnaissent la valeur transformative du processus menant à la certification Ami des bébés sur tout l’environnement lié à la nutrition infantile, entre autres des soins davantage centrés sur le patient, des soignants démontrant des attitudes et des habiletés bonifiées en nutrition infantile, un recours moins fréquent aux substituts du lait maternel et un nombre important de pouponnières fermées. Stipulent que la qualité des soins en regard de l’allaitement évolue grandement quand les maternités sont certifiées Ami des bébés. Offrent des alternatives solides pour améliorer la qualité des soins autrement que par la certification dans les pays où cette option n’est pas envisageable.

Renforcent le rôle des établissements de santé dans l’identification de ressources communautaires appropriées, culturellement et socialement acceptables pour les familles en vue d’un soutien conséquent en allaitement. Rappellent à ces établissements qu’ils ont la responsabilité de s’engager dans leur communauté pour améliorer l’offre de ressources appropriées.

Ce que vous pouvez faire

Étant donné que ce document répond maintenant aux préoccupations que nous avions exprimées suite à la publication d’octobre 2017, nous demandons à toutes les personnes oeuvrant auprès des familles au niveau de la nutrition des nouveau-nés et des jeunes enfants, de se rallier autour de ces Lignes directrices, d’en soutenir les objectifs et de travailler pour l’implanter dans tous les pays de la façon la plus efficace possible.

Prochaines étapes Nous travaillons à nous assurer que la résolution qui sera déposée à l’AMS en mai prochain demandera au Directeur général de l’OMS de travailler en collaboration avec l’UNICEF au développement d’outils pour la formation, la surveillance et la défense de l’IHAB en vue d’assister les états membres à l’implanter dans leur pays respectif. Nous continuerons à suivre le cheminement de cette résolution, le développement des outils requis en vue de l’implantation des lignes directrices sur l’IHAB.

Merci.

Respectueusement vôtre,

Trish MacEnroe
Coordonnatrice
Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Network of Industrialized Nations, Central and Eastern European Nations and
Independent States (BFHI Network)

Elisabeth Sterken
Vice-présidente
International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN)

Michele Griswold
Présidente
Association internationale des consultantes en lactation (ILCA)

Ann Calandro
Présidente
La Ligue La Leche Internationale (LLLI)
Felicity Savage
Présidente
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)

Des traductions supplémentaires de cette communication sont disponibles en anglais, italien, espagnol, et japonais.


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ILCA Volunteer Spotlight: Wilaiporn Rojjanasrirat

Volunteers are essential to achieving our shared goal: world health transformed through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care.

ILCA’s dedicated volunteers take on important roles, including advocating for breastfeeding on the international stage; vetting educational content for our annual conference; promoting equity, diversity and inclusion; and more. Our volunteers share their time, energy, and significant expertise. We want you to learn more about their meaningful efforts.

Today, we are pleased to highlight Wilaiporn Rojjanasrirat, PhD, RNC, IBCLC, Research Team Leader on the Professional Development Committee. Read below for some insights into her volunteer experience at ILCA.

LM: How did you first get involved with ILCA?

Wilaiporn Rojjanasrirat (WR): I got involved in the Research Committee many years ago through my mentor, Dr. Karen Wambach.

LM: What has surprised you most about working with ILCA?

WR: I’ve learned a lot and have gotten to know many wonderful people from all over the world by serving as a volunteer in working with ILCA.

LM: What do you wish other people knew about the specific work of ILCA and/or the Committee(s) and/or Task Forces(s) on which you serve?

WR: Research Team/Committee members have the opportunity to fulfill professional development and research activities by reviewing and selecting abstracts for oral and poster presentation, contributing to other committee activities, and making recommendations of evidence-based monthly resources for ILCA educational modules.

LM: What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at ILCA?

WR: It’s such a rewarding experience to learn and share knowledge/skills in lactation across multiple disciplines and within the IBCLC® profession.

LM: What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?

WR: I enjoy teaching graduate nursing students and working on my research related to breastfeeding.

Please join us in thanking Wilai for her service to ILCA and the profession!

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