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2017 IBCLC Care Award Applications: Now Open

Let potential clients know that your Hospital-Based Facility or Community-Based Agency recognizes the role of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) in protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding by applying for the IBCLC Care Award.

The IBCLC Care Awards are promoted  to new families and the general public, which means your facility can enjoy the benefits of positive public relations in your community, including:

  • Enhanced attractiveness to potential patients
  • Competitive edge in recruiting lactation consultants, nurses, midwives, mother support counselors, and other medical staff
  • General goodwill in the community by providing excellent care in helping new families reach their breastfeeding goals

Visit the IBCLC Care Directory to see which Hospital-Based Facilities are already benefiting from the IBCLC Care Award program!

Hospital-Based Facilities and Community-Based Health Agencies that staff currently certified IBCLCs can apply online to become a recognized IBCLC Care Award facility. Learn more about the qualifications, and complete the online application here.

Applications will be accepted through 17 February 2017.

The award was created by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®). Learn more and apply here.

3 Responses to 2017 IBCLC Care Award Applications: Now Open

  1. sburgernutr 3 February 2017 at 15:28 #

    This discriminates against private practitioners who may be offering pro bono services. I really am saddened that the major organizations that say they support lactation consultants do not defend practice diversity and only reward large institutions and organizations.

    • lactationmatters 13 February 2017 at 09:10 #

      Thank you so much for your feedback. The IBCLC Care Award is a joint collaboration with our professional credentialing body, the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners®, and our membership organization for IBCLCs, the International Lactation Consultant Association®. This award was designed to highlight those organizations which were valuing and employing those who hold the IBCLC credential. The award began with acknowledging hospitals and has advanced to community-based organizations, clinics, etc. We will certainly take your feedback to heart as we look forward to future awards.

  2. ECBrooks 7 February 2017 at 07:30 #

    Susan, take a look at the definition (link below) of what a community-based agency is. “Community-Based Agencies include … community-based health providers.”

    I am a solo IBCLC private practitioner providing home visits, and you can bet your bottom dollar I describe myself as providing community-based care.

    Your role as a private practitioner does not preclude you from seeking this award designation.

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