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International Kangaroo Care Day: An Interview with Dr. Nils Bergman

 

In just two months, Dr. Nils Bergman, one of the world’s experts on the impact of skin-to-skin contact between an infant and their new family, will present at TOGETHER: Changing YOUR Community and the World, ILCA’s annual conference, in Portland, Oregon, United States, which will be held 18 – 21 July. Attendees at both our in-person and virtual conferences will be able to hear his presentation Skin-to-Skin Contact: Current Research and Mediating Mechanisms.

Dr. Bergman, who has shared his expertise on six continents, worked with Midwife Agneta Jurisoo in Zimbabwe to develop and implement Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for premature infants right from birth. This resulted in a five-fold improvement in survival of very low birth weight babies. He introduced KMC to South Africa in 1995, and after 5 years, KMC became official policy for care of premature infants in the hospitals of the Western Cape province. Dr Bergman continues to live and work in Cape Town as a Consulting Public Health Physician. He is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

In celebration of International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day, celebrated this year on 15 May, we’ve reached out to find out more about what drew Dr. Bergman to this work, why skin-to-skin contact is critical for infants, and what we can look forward to in his presentation.

 

Lactation Matters (LM): How did you come to be interested in early skin-to-skin contact between infants and their parents?

Nils Bergman (NB): Way back in 1988, I began working in a remote mission hospital in a low income country, with no incubators or realistic means to transfer small babies for care. We had learnt of Kangaroo Mother Method before we came. Since we had no incubators to stabilise babies, we started skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth. We saw a startling difference, instead of taking 6 days to stabilise, it took 6 hours. And we lowered mortality by 40%. The small babies had clear personas, rather than seemingly amorphous immature protoplasm.

 

(LM): Why is this such a critical issue for those who support new families to understand?

(NB): Perhaps it was an accidental discovery, but what we have to understand is that skin-to-skin contact is NORMAL, normal biology and part of reproductive fitness. Worse: separating mothers from babies is actually harmful. Toxic stress is defined as the ‘absence of buffering protection of adult support’, and this applies to premature babies more, not less. And it is very much a ‘family’ thing, the family fabric may also be adversely affected.

 

(LM): What new research or new techniques are you MOST excited to share with us in July?

(NB) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have funded a multicentre study, being conducted by WHO in Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria and Tanzania. We will randomise 4200 babies weighing between 1000g and 1800g to normal care in warmers and compare them to the same normal care in “Immediate KMC”.

Want to learn more? Join us for #ILCA18!

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Warm Chain of Support for Breastfeeding

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), an ILCA Global Collaborator, has introduced a new initiative and vision for quality, consistent pre- and post-natal care: Warm Chain of Support for Breastfeeding. The Warm Chain strives to coordinate efforts at all levels to provide a continuum of care, from pregnancy through a child’s second birthday. There are usually many people providing care and support along the way to new families or families-to-be. The Warm Chain seeks to intentionally connect these “links” with consistent messaging and proper referral systems so that parents and children can benefit from ongoing support and skilled assistance.

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®s) play a multidisciplinary role that straddles generalized support for breastfeeding and allied healthcare. This improves maternal and infant survival, health, and well-being rates over the antenatal, birth, and postnatal periods.

As an IBCLC, there are many ways in which the care you provide can serve to further strengthen the links along the Warm Chain. Empowering parents to achieve their breastfeeding goals; providing accurate lactation information and training; and facilitating the establishment of programs, research, and policies in support of breastfeeding and lactation support are ways you can—and probably already DO—encourage connectivity between all actors along the continuum of care.

 

Find more suggestions on ways IBCLCs can support the Warm Chain HERE.

Take advantage of new Warm Chain of Support for Breastfeeding seed grants for projects “that focus on either starting a project or strengthening an existing effort to create an enabling environment for mother to continue breastfeed.” Seed grants are available up to $3000.00 (USD) per project. Find out more HERE.

Complete the Warm Chain survey to highlight both the links and the gaps between those links in the current model of care. Access the survey HERE.

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#ILCA18 Virtual Conference Registration Now OPEN!

Join the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) for our #ILCA18 Virtual Conference!

LEARNING: INNOVATIVE EDUCATION on the topics you need. 12 Continuing Education Units will be available for the Virtual Conference.

CONNECTION: BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with the entire #ILCA18 community by joining our Online CONNECT Community, exclusively for conference participants. Chat with both face-to-face and virtual contributors, get your questions answered by speakers, and find and share resources on the topics discussed at the conference.

BUILD THE SESSIONS YOU NEED: In addition to the scheduled sessions, #ILCA18 virtual attendees get FREE additional continuing education. Choose the content YOU need most by selecting an additional credit from our on-demand learning in the Knowledge Center.

LIVE OR ON YOUR TIME: Participate LIVE 20 – 21 July or watch on YOUR time – 60 full days of ACCESS to your content.

EASY TO USE + HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT: We are here to help! You will receive a direct link to our EASY-TO-USE conference platform with dedicated and patient tech support. During the live sessions, our professional tech support is staffed by skilled moderators. We love bringing your online questions to the floor of #ILCA18!

 

For more information about the #ILCA18 online conference, a full schedule of events, and registration information, visit the virtual conference webpage!

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ILCA Volunteer Spotlight: Wilaiporn Rojjanasrirat

Volunteers are essential to achieving our shared goal: world health transformed through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care.

ILCA’s dedicated volunteers take on important roles, including advocating for breastfeeding on the international stage; vetting educational content for our annual conference; promoting equity, diversity and inclusion; and more. Our volunteers share their time, energy, and significant expertise. We want you to learn more about their meaningful efforts.

Today, we are pleased to highlight Wilaiporn Rojjanasrirat, PhD, RNC, IBCLC, Research Team Leader on the Professional Development Committee. Read below for some insights into her volunteer experience at ILCA.

LM: How did you first get involved with ILCA?

Wilaiporn Rojjanasrirat (WR): I got involved in the Research Committee many years ago through my mentor, Dr. Karen Wambach.

LM: What has surprised you most about working with ILCA?

WR: I’ve learned a lot and have gotten to know many wonderful people from all over the world by serving as a volunteer in working with ILCA.

LM: What do you wish other people knew about the specific work of ILCA and/or the Committee(s) and/or Task Forces(s) on which you serve?

WR: Research Team/Committee members have the opportunity to fulfill professional development and research activities by reviewing and selecting abstracts for oral and poster presentation, contributing to other committee activities, and making recommendations of evidence-based monthly resources for ILCA educational modules.

LM: What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at ILCA?

WR: It’s such a rewarding experience to learn and share knowledge/skills in lactation across multiple disciplines and within the IBCLC® profession.

LM: What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?

WR: I enjoy teaching graduate nursing students and working on my research related to breastfeeding.

Please join us in thanking Wilai for her service to ILCA and the profession!

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Introducing ILCA’s New Executive Director: Jessica Lytle

The Board of Directors of the International Lactation Consultants Association is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Executive Director, Jessica Lytle.

Some of you may have had the opportunity to meet Jessica at a conference or work with her on a committee as she has been on staff with ILCA for the last five years in a number of capacities.

She was chosen based on her strategic organizational skills, her knowledge of the organization, and her deep commitment to the mission and vision of ILCA, including the advancement of the IBCLC profession worldwide.

Jessica brings nearly 20 years in non-profit management experience, including serving as ILCA’s membership manager and assistant executive director. She is particularly committed to ensuring ILCA’s global impact and to working towards the organizational mission.

In her past roles at ILCA, she was instrumental in the shift to equity pricing for membership, which has increased ILCA’s accessibility to lactation supporters in lower-resource countries around the globe. She also played a key role in the initial development of the Global Partners Program.

Jessica has recently served as ILCA’s interim executive director. During this time, she has already begun the process of streamlining both staff and volunteer operations, ensuring that time and talent are spent as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Jessica lives in North Carolina. When she is not supporting ILCA, she spends her time with her husband and two boys on the baseball field.

We hope you will join us at the upcoming ILCA conference in Portland, Oregon, United States where you will have the opportunity to meet Jessica face-to-face.

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Submissions OPEN for 2018 Journal of Human Lactation Photo Contest

 

Every year, the Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) hosts a photo contest for the coveted cover spot on each edition. The JHL is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal publishing original research, insights in practice and policy, commentaries, and case reports relating to research and practice in human lactation and breastfeeding. The annual photo contest is your opportunity to contribute to the journal and highlight your community.

The photo(s) on JHL’s cover are changed annually. JHL is your journal, and we want to feature your photos!

The photo(s) portray the broad field of human lactation, including the IBCLC helping new families (in a wide variety of scenarios), breastfeeding in various cultural contexts around the globe, and the science of lactation.

GUIDELINES:

  • Keep the photo simple: Focus on the subject while limiting background items and distractions. Frame your photo carefully for full effect.
  • High Resolution and Size: Photos must meet the MINIMUM specifications:
    • A jpeg file
    • At least 300DPI
    • At least 4″ tall and wide.
  • If selected, photo consent is required for all persons in photo: If a recognizable person is in the photo and your image is selected, (e.g., the face of a parent/baby/clinician etc.) you will be asked to submit a signed photo consent form. If you do not have a standard photo consent form, we can provide one to you if your photo is chosen.

Please do not send photos of lesser size and resolution. Photos that do not meet these specifications cannot be considered.

SUBMISSION INFO:

  • Deadline is 1 September 2018: NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Include your name, the photo consent, and if you are not the photographer, the name of the photographer, and full contact information, preferably with a second email address.
  • The photographer will need to sign non-exclusive copyright – in other words, allowing JHL to use the photo, but the photographer is free to use it elsewhere as one chooses.
  • You will receive an auto response email to confirm your submission.

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IBCLC Day: Celebrating YOUR Contribution to World Health through Lactation

 

Breastfeeding education. Home lactation support. Helping breastfeeding and chestfeeding families in clinics and hospitals. Human milk research. Emergency and disaster support for displaced families with infants. These are just a few of the ways that you as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLCs®) are contributing to world health outcomes by sharing your expertise.

On 7 March, we welcome your community to celebrate YOU by thanking IBCLCs.

We hope you will also take this opportunity to celebrate the IBCLCs that have made a difference in your life, through mentorship, community, or support.

Show your IBCLC pride! Starting now, use our IBCLC Day frame on your Facebook image to help build recognition for your profession.

 

Find the IBCLC Day frame here.

Find IBCLC Day images for you and your community to share here.

 

We have also welcomed code-compliant organizations that would like to provide special offers to IBCLCs for #happyIBCLCday to do so on our event page. Feel free to check out what they have shared with you here. We also hope that you will share with us what you are doing in your local community to celebrate!

#happyIBCLCday

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Honor IBCLCs Locally and Globally with the IBCLC Care Award

 

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.

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2018 IBCLC Care Awards Now Open

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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 good will 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.

Apply now! Applications will be accepted online starting 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.

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Top 10 JHL Posts of 2017

On topics ranging from the impact of breastfeeding on breast cancer to co-sleeping to human milk donation, our community tapped into the top-accessed resources of Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) more than 22,000 times last year.

As we wrap up 2017, we compiled this list of the year’s top ten most accessed JHL content. Planning on using research to guide your practice next year? Now is the time to join or renew your membership to ensure a full year’s access to next year’s new content. Once you join or renew, you will also have online, on-demand searchable access to the full database of JHL research to find the evidence you need.

#10 Factors Distinguishing Positive Deviance Among Low-Income African American Women: A Qualitative Study on Infant Feeding

Cecilia E. Barbosa, Saba W. Masho, Kellie E. Carlyle, Maghboeba Mosavel

#9 Interventions to Improve Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy and Resultant Breastfeeding Rates: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Meredith Brockway, Karen Benzies, K. Alix Hayden

#8 Factors Influencing the Breastfeeding Practices of Young Mothers Living in a Maternity Shelter: A Qualitative Study

Rosann Edwards, Wendy E. Peterson, Joy Noel-Weiss, Cathryn Shearer Fortier

#7 Efficacy of an Osteopathic Treatment Coupled With Lactation Consultations for Infants’ Biomechanical Sucking Difficulties: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Juliette Herzhaft-Le Roy, Marianne Xhignesse, Isabelle Gaboury

#6 Breastfeeding Mode and Risk of Breast Cancer: A Dose–Response Meta-Analysis

Mishel Unar-Munguía, Gabriela Torres-Mejía, M. Arantxa Colchero, Teresita González de Cosío

#5 About Research: Qualitative Methodologies

Joan E. Dodgson

#4 Breastfeeding in Women Having Experienced Childhood Sexual Abuse

Constanze Elfgen, Niels Hagenbuch, Gisela Görres, Emina Block, Brigitte Leeners

#3 The Atlantic Divide: Contrasting U.K. and U.S. Recommendations on Cosleeping and Bed-Sharing

Helen L. Ball

#2 An Adoptive Mother Who Became a Human Milk Donor

Beatriz Flores-Antón, Nadia Raquel García-Lara, Carmen Rosa Pallás-Alonso

#1 Systematic Review of Evidence for Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Step 3 Prenatal Breastfeeding Education

Kathryn Wouk, Kristin P. Tully, Miriam H. Labbok

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