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LEAC Global Forum: Equitable Access to IBCLC Certification, Where Do We Go from Here?

LEAC Blog HeaderThe Lactation Equity Action Committee (LEAC) invites you to the LEAC Global Forum: Equitable Access to IBCLC Certification: Where Do We Go From Here?

Substantial roadblocks to attaining IBCLC certification exist worldwide, including challenges related to language, education, and systems of oppression. This forum will provide an overview of those barriers, the history of work conducted by individuals and organizations during the last two years, and resources and opportunities for finding solutions.

Who should attend: Everyone! The LEAC Global Forum is for those who are new to learning about barriers to the lactation profession as well as for those who are already hard at work doing their part to help make access to the lactation consultant profession more equitable. Participants will receive 1.5 continuing education units.

What: The LEAC Global Forum is a 90-minute, free session designed to help attendees learn how everyone can help increase access to the profession in their corner of the world. All are welcome. (Participants do not need to be registered at the ILCA Conference to attend. No registration is required for in-person participants. Free registration is required for live streaming participants). Topics include:

  • Exploring the barriers to entry to the profession
  • Learning about actions taken in the last two years by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®), International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®), and Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC)
  • Reviewing successful models that can be replicated around the world
  • Identifying areas still needing improvement
  • Finding resources for learning more and ways to get involved

Speakers include:
Modia Batterjee, DHA
Aiden Farrow
Cynthia Good Mojab, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, RLC, CATSM
Sherry Payne, MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC
Jennifer Welch, IBCLC-RLC

When: 21 July, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm CDT (click here to see the event in your local time; during the #ILCA16 Annual Conference and Meeting – all are welcome) [EDITORS NOTE: please note the corrected time zone link revised 5 July]

Where: The Sheraton Grand Hotel (the site of the #ILCA16 Conference and Annual Meeting), 301 E. Water Street, Chicago, IL, USA, 60611

This event is free and no registration is required for in-person participants. FREE live streaming of the LEAC Global Forum is also available for those who cannot attend in person! Click here to register.

Who: Organized by the Lactation Equity Action Committee, an independent group addressing inequity in access to the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification. Co-Chairs: Carole Dobrich, RN, IBCLC, ANLC, and Millie Goins, B.S., IBCLC. Location and live stream provided as an in-kind donation from ILCA, who is hosting the forum during their annual conference.

Continuing Education Credit: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the IBLCE. Our approval number is CLT-108-7. The Global Forum is approved for 1.5 CERPs. ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Our approval number is ILCA-P0286. Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing. The Global Forum is approved for 1.5 Contact Hours. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) by Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accepts hours without prior CDR approval and recognizes approval by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). When recording hours on the CDR Activity Log, indicate the provider as “ILCA (ANCC).”

4 Responses to LEAC Global Forum: Equitable Access to IBCLC Certification, Where Do We Go from Here?

  1. Virginia Silver 27 June 2016 at 10:48 #

    Trying to register, but as I am not currently a member of ILCA, it will not allow the registration. If I could attend in person, this is not an issue. Is there some way to register while I am not a member. Or is this another barrier? Ironic.

    • lactationmatters 27 June 2016 at 11:02 #

      Virginia: We’re sorry to hear that you are having challenges registering! Both members and non-members are welcome to participate, free of charge. The registration system was tested for both members and non-members before launch, and was retested now in response to your message. It seems to be working in multiple browsers. I’m going to send your email to the office right now to see if we can sort out the issue with your registration. If others are having any challenges, please email us at and we’ll work it out ASAP.

  2. Marcia E Griffo 27 June 2016 at 18:15 #

    Is this only for live participation? (ie will it be recorded where I could see it the next week?)
    I will be in Nicaragua that week and would love to learn more about this as one of my goals for my involvement in Nicaragua is to help the breastfeeding community in that nation.

    • lactationmatters 28 June 2016 at 22:08 #

      Marcia: Thank you for your work and your commitment to lactation support. While there are many interactive functions to this session, the recording will be made available to those who register but are unable to attend live.

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