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What Do the Changes Announced by USLCA Mean To US ILCA Members?

ILCALogo_full_text (2)The United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) has announced its intent to change its relationship with the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®). USCLA will establish an operation fully independent of ILCA so that USLCA may focus on the unique challenges of the IBCLC® in the United States. Nonetheless, ILCA is committed to a continuing collaboration with USLCA to advocate for the IBCLC. As always, ILCA will support its members worldwide.

We are all international and part of a global community. Every region in the world  – including the United States – has particular needs, which are, by design, capably managed by the local and affiliate organizations. Those local efforts are supported and enhanced by the international advocacy provided by ILCA.

You may be asking what all of this means for US members. Currently, all US members hold a joint membership with USLCA and ILCA. The recent change will effectively “unbundle” membership. However, all of your member benefits through the end of the 2014 calendar year, both those that come from ILCA and USLCA, will remain unchanged. Starting next year, you are encouraged to maintain membership in both organizations.

We know that one of your first questions is likely about how the new memberships will be structured. Although ILCA only recently learned of these changes, we are already hard at work creating a plan. Over the next few weeks, we will be exploring a new membership package that continues to put the needs of our members at the forefront. As the premier global association advocating for the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant profession, ILCA is home to all IBCLCs worldwide, providing services unavailable elsewhere. If you have ideas, questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact us at info@ilca.org.

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ILCA Announces New Vision Statement

Three ILCA presidents – past, present, and incoming – have come together to share a major announcement today during the ILCA conference: a new vision for ILCA. You can learn more by watching the video created by all three presidents and reading on in this post. We want to know what you think! Please share your feedback in the comments below.

We are proud to share with you the International Lactation Consultant Association’s new vision: 

New Vision Statement 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our mission statement remains the same:

To advance the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research.

Why change vision statements?

A vision statement serves many functions: to explain “why” our work is important, to inspire participation and support, and to show the outcomes we plan to achieve. It goes hand-in-hand with the mission statement, which shows “how” ILCA will achieve those outcomes.

Our previous vision statement was:

The IBCLC is the globally recognized professional authority in lactation.

This is a powerful statement that IBCLCs know to be true, and has been affirmed in countless settings. Ursuline Singelton summed it up best by saying this: “IBCLCs empower mothers and save babies’ lives.”

But this statement only shows the world “how” we will get “where we truly hope to go.” It does not tell the world why IBCLCs are so critical: Because we are transforming world health.

ILCA’s new vision statement does not reflect a change in ILCA’s priorities or what we will continue to do on a day-to-day basis: promote the profession of the IBCLC.

What it does reflect is the world-changing work that IBCLCs are doing every day: transforming world health.

It goes beyond self-promotion to a much broader vision of the real purpose for the work that the IBCLC does. ILCA envisions a world where health is not just attainable by privileged people, but a reality for all families, including vulnerable populations, where access to good health is much more challenging—and this vision is only made realistic by ILCA’s collaboration with the other 100 entities in the breastfeeding community that are working to move the same needle. ILCA’s new vision recognizes the fact that we share the “why” with many others.

If we aspire to see every child to grow up with the best chance in life possible, we must recognize that breastfeeding is central to that call. IBCLCs are the pivotal drivers of that global transformation.

IBCLCs don’t just provide breastfeeding support and care, we embrace evidence- based care using a high level of skill under the world’s only globally recognized credential.

ILCA’s vision is a rallying point for us all, highlighting our unique role and bringing us together to make a difference for our world.

If you are excited as we are by the new vision, and you agree that we need a world transformed by breastfeeding and skilled lactation care, please join us in celebrating our new vision. Help us to help mothers and babies by joining ILCA and becoming an active member of our community.

liz-brooks-1Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA

ILCA President 2012-14

 

Cathy 7-6-14-crCathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, FILCA

ILCA President 2010-12

 

DSC03591Decalie Brown, RN, IBCLC, CFHN, BHMtg

ILCA President, 2-14-16

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Making the Most of Social Media At The ILCA Conference – Even If You Can’t Make It To Phoenix!

Social Media At The ILCA ConferenceIf you are Phoenix bound you are probably picking your best swimsuit for the lazy river right now! Don’t forget to leave room in your bag for your iPad or laptop, because there’s a whole other way to get even more out of the conference: social media.

Not able to attend this year? You will be missed, but you can still join the conversation!

At The Conference

Of course face-to-face connections, conference talks, and the lazy river are going to be your top priorities. How can you use social media to enhance and not distract you from your conference experience?

Facebook folks:

Are you “going” on the event page? Be sure you have marked yourself as “going” on the ILCA Conference event page, which you can find here. The page is already active with people making plans for extracurricular events, sharing tips and conference going strategies, and coordinating rides. During the event, you’ll get updates on last minutes schedule changes, events, pictures to share, and more!

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Help us find your posts: use the hashtag! Sharing pictures on your facebook page of you with your favorite speaker? New insights? Favorite quotes? Be sure to mark your posts with the hashtag: #ILCA2014

ILCA Tweeps:

Join the backchannel conversation! Share your insights – and hear what others are saying – on Twitter. We’ll all be tweeting the ILCA conference on the hashtag #ILCA2014, and the Lactation Summit at #LactSummit14.

Tools tip: TweetChat is back up and running! This great tool isolates the tweets on the hashtag you choose, which can keep you from feeling distracted by other topics during a talk. Follow along at the conference in the #ILCA2014 room here or the Lactation Summit in the #LactSummit14 room here. Another great tool for managing multiple streams: Hootsuite.

Following along . . . from Phoenix or from around the world.

ILCA members from around the globe will be following along and joining the conversation.

On Facebook find others posts about the conference: during the conference, enter #ILCA2014 in the Facebook search bar. You’ll find all the conference-specific news! You can do the same for the Lactation Summit at #LactSummit14.

On Twitter: We want to hear from those of you who aren’t at the conference . . . especially at the Lactation Summit. Be sure to tweet to #LactSummit14 – there will be a dedicated person following along and keeping track of your insights.

On Pinterest: Check out our #ILCA2014 conference board here, where we’ll share insights and pictures from the conference.

McCulloch Speakers Headshot CroppedJeanette McCulloch, IBCLC, is the editor of Lactation Matters, the media coordinator for ILCA, and a principal at BirthSwell. You’ll find her at the conference happily tweeting under the #ILCA2014 or #LactSummit14 hashtags . . . or on the lazy river. She’s looking forward to meeting many of the Lactation Matters readers face-to-face, so please come and say hello!

What are your favorite ways to participate in the conference using social media?

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