As the international professional organization for the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®), we know that those who have achieved this credential provide valuable expertise in the field of lactation care.
IBCLCs globally provide skilled support to individual caregivers in their efforts to breast/chestfeed. Because of the nature of this work, it is most effectively conducted on a local or regional level. We believe that IBCLCs deserve international acclaim for the differences that they are making in the lives of caregivers and their children, which is one of the reasons we host the IBCLC Care Award in conjunction with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®).
This award honors Hospital-Based Facilities and Community-Based Agencies around the world that hire IBCLCs, have dedicated lactation programs and show evidence of lactation projects that promote, protect and support breastfeeding.
In order to be awarded the IBCLC Care Award, Hospital-Based Facilities and Community-Based Agencies must provide the name of the IBCLC(s) on staff and a detailed program description, including goals, outcomes, and evidence. Hospital and Community Agency awardees are provided with a press release describing the IBCLC Care Award for distribution to their local media outlets. In addition, they are listed for two years in the IBCLC Care Directory, which is accessed by parents looking for quality lactation support services. When two years have passed, these groups are encouraged to re-apply with a new lactation project to continue being listed in the directory. Because the directory lists programs supporting IBCLCs from all over the world, it gives local programs credibility in their communities and internationally.
IBCLCs work in their communities to encourage the fundamental, incredible connection between a parent and his/her child. The IBCLC Care Award is one way to honor the work of IBCLCs, recognize the facilities and agencies that hire them, encourage others to benefit from their services and inspire a new generation of lactation professionals.
If you are interested in recognizing the work of IBCLCs on your staff in your hospital or community on a global scale, you can click here to learn more about the qualifications and complete the online application
Apply now! Applications will be accepted online from 15 January 2018 through 16 February 2018.
The award was created by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®). Learn more and apply here.