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Influencing the Global Breastfeeding Agenda: A Workshop of the ILCA Global Partners Initiative

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As someone who cares about national and global breastfeeding agendas, you are invited to an opportunity to hear from and be heard by those who share your challenges, hopes and aspirations. Join worldwide, national, and regional leaders in lactation as together we “bridge today’s vision with tomorrow’s reality” at the Second Annual Partner’s gathering. Influencing the Global Breastfeeding Agenda: A Workshop of the ILCA Global Partners Initiative will be held this July immediately preceding the ILCA 2016 conference and all are invited to attend, either in-person or via live-streaming.

The free workshop will kickoff with an opportunity to learn about the agendas of leading worldwide organizations, including:

  • World Health Organization (WHO) technical officer Laurence Grummer-Strawn, MPA, MA, PhD
  • World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) Co-Directors Amal Omer-Salim and Jay Sharma
  • Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) Central Coordinator Dr. Arun Gupta

Participants will then be invited to work in small, action-oriented groups alongside the ILCA national and regional partners with the goal of:

  • Identifying local and regional strengths and barriers to breastfeeding
  • Expanding local and regional recognition of the IBCLC certification
  • Growing the breastfeeding dialogue across sectors
  • Identifying partner resources and collaboration opportunities
  • Building capacity of skilled lactation care such as developing IBCLC mentoring programs
  • Understanding regional BFHI practices, Code Monitoring and Compliance
  • Exploring opportunities for the global partners network

Since the inception of the ILCA Global Partners Initiative, a number of global breastfeeding issues have surfaced among the partners. This workshop is a part of the growing momentum of the ILCA Global Partners Initiative, including on-going partner discussions and the addition of new partners from Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

The myriad of global challenges to breastfeeding did not happen overnight and they did not happen in isolation. This “unlearned behavior” has evolved from the conscious and unconscious collective efforts of many. It stands to reason; the remedy will come only through the deliberate collective actions of many, like you.

If you want to take an active role in shaping the future success of the global breastfeeding community, please join us for this special event in person, or through live streaming. ALL ARE INVITED TO JOIN.

WHAT: Second Annual Partners Meeting
WHEN: 13:00-16:00, Wednesday, 20 July 2016 (click HERE to see the time in your local time zone)
WHERE: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago, Illinois, USA
or Live Streaming (click HERE to register)
WHY: Impact global breastfeeding outcomes


  • Welcome and Introductions – Decalie Brown, ILCA President (5 minutes)
  • Overview – Michele Griswold, ILCA President-Elect (10 minutes)
    • Brief History
    • Agenda
  • Presentations
    • WHO – Larry Grummer-Strawn: “The Global Breastfeeding Agenda: Implementation at the National and Community Level” (15-20 minutes)
    • WABA – Amal Omar-Salim and Jay Sharma: “Understanding the role of Civil Society Organisations in global breastfeeding advocacy” (15-20 minutes)
    • BPNI – Arun Gupta: “World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) Findings” (15-20 minutes)
  • Break – MILK Trailer (15 minutes)
  • Panel Discussion (30 minutes)
  • Group Breakout – Michele Griswold, ILCA President-Elect (10 minutes)
  • Groups Discussions (40 minutes)
  • Break (15 minutes)
  • Group Presentations and discussion (30 minutes)
  • Closing Comments: Next Steps – Michele Griswold, ILCA President-Elect (10 minutes)
  • Closing – Decalie Brown, ILCA President (5 minutes)

Registration is NOT required for participating on site. Registration IS REQUIRED for live streaming.

3 Responses to Influencing the Global Breastfeeding Agenda: A Workshop of the ILCA Global Partners Initiative

  1. ECBrooks 15 April 2016 at 06:59 #

    WOW. This is an incredible opportunity for change-makers, policy-setters, and advocates for breastfeeding and the IBCLC profession to start walking-the-walk, together. I am IN! Thank you ILCA, and ILCA Partners!

  2. Karin Tiktak 15 April 2016 at 09:40 #

    Thank you so much for inviting. Unfortunately I can’t attend this interesting meeting. I wish you all a fruitful event!
    Kind regards, Karin Tiktak, ELACTA vice-president.

  3. Maureen Minchin 2 June 2016 at 19:41 #

    I’m glad to know about this meeting and perhaps will be able to participate online from Geneva, to advance the Milk Hypothesis to replace the hygiene and biodiversity hypotheses. Until the world understands that artificial feeding has been responsible for compounding intergenerational damage, via vertically communicated diseases (NCDs are in fact VCDs in large measure), we will never be able to restore breastfeeding globally. And it will take a global collaboration to document the formula invasion in every country, to sheet home the damage done. I hope to have the opportunity to argue this case in many countries, as I am doing in the UK presently, and via my book Milk Matters: infant feeding and Immune disorder. Take away mistaken belief in the safety and adequacy of infant formula and the world will change in a very short time. All best wishes, Maureen Minchin, ILCA Founding member 1984

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