Last July, The Lactation Education, Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC), International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®), and International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) hosted a Lactation Summit. The Summit was the first event of a multi-year initiative to explore equity and diversity in the lactation consultant profession.
The 2014 Summit brought together important voices from diverse ethnicities and perspectives to share real-life experiences, obstacles, and challenges of underrepresented groups across the globe. The proceedings served as a Needs Assessment to identify the issues, barriers, and stakeholders involved in equitable access to the lactation consultant profession. The day-long meeting included listening sessions and small workgroup activities to identify barriers and potential strategies for devising an action plan to address inequities that limit access to the profession.
Those proceedings have been summarized in a Summary Report. In the report IBLCE, ILCA, and LEAARC all express profound gratitude to those who “came from around the world speaking in support of the underrepresented voices by courageously sharing their own truths.”
We are sharing the summary of those proceedings with the goal to disseminate the voices who spoke, gather new voices, and listen to new feedback and input. We hope that you will share this document widely with anyone you think can benefit from hearing these perspectives or can add new insights.
Your impressions, feedback, and responses to the Summary Report are welcomed and encouraged. Please share those here. Your feedback will be shared with the Summit Design Team.
As the convening organizations said in a joint statement following the Summit: “This Summit was an important first step, and there is more to hear, to learn, and to do. We are deeply committed to continuing this conversation and dismantling the barriers that prevent access to the IBCLC profession worldwide as we work together for equitable solutions. We call on all of our constituents and partners to join us in this important work.”
Please help us spread the word and gather new input by sharing this widely with anyone who may have input or insights to share. Thank you.