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ILCA Offers You MORE in 2015: Membership Details

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You shared your needs with us in our 2014 Member Survey, and we listened! Based on what you told us you needed most, we have developed your new membership package for 2015.

First and foremost, ILCA is committed to world health transformed through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care. It is our highest priority to promote the professional development, advancement, and recognition of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®) WORLDWIDE for the benefit of breastfeeding infants and their families.

ILCA Offers You MORE in 2015!

The new membership package for 2015 includes:

Earn FREE CERPs (NEW in 2015):

All ILCA members are eligible to earn up to 10 FREE CERPs. As you know, IBCLCs are required to recertify by CERPs or exam every five years. Be sure to take advantage of this benefit: over the course of five years, you can secure up to two-thirds of your required CERPs for the recertification process. You won’t want to miss this benefit!

The Journal of Human Lactation (JHL):

Guide your practice by reading the research you need in  three ways: on paper, online, and mobile. In addition to the print edition that will arrive in your mailbox, you can also read full articles online at the JHL website, on your computer, or your mobile device. Use your ILCA membership number and password to log in.

Find A Lactation Consultant (FALC) Listing:

New families who are in need of breastfeeding support want to find YOUR contact information. Our FALC directory connects families seeking support to the gold standard in lactation support: IBCLCs. The FALC helps them find you: a verified IBCLC in their community.

Build Your Practice Toolbox:

Inside Tracks are exclusively for ILCA members. Get evidence-based handouts for families on topics like tongue-tie, returning to work, Vitamin D supplementation, hand expression, and more. Available for printing or sharing as PDFs with your clients. Check out the full list HERE.

Stay Connected:

Receive weekly email updates which includes information about educational opportunities, advocacy efforts, techniques to improve your practice, and the latest in lactation research through our ILCAlert. In addition, join us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. And, as always, be sure to check out Lactation Matters, the official blog of ILCA, for in-depth analysis of research, highlights of innovative programs, and new ideas to incorporate into your practice.

Save Money:

Get significant discounts on all of ILCA’s continuing educational opportunities, webinars, CERP modules, the ILCA bookstore, and our annual conference!

And MORE!:

Access our translations of practice documents and relevant research.

When do I need to join or renew?

If you are a current ILCA member, your current year membership expires on 31 December, 2014. If you would like to continue your membership and receive the new benefits for 2015, including access to earn up to 10 FREE CERPs, you must renew by 1 January 2015. You can do so online, starting 1 October, 2014, HERE.

If you are new to ILCA and are joining for the first time, you can receive up to 3 months FREE by joining as soon as possible after the membership registration opens on 1 October 2015. As soon as you join, you will have full access to all of ILCA’s member benefits. Go HERE, starting 1 October, 2015 to register.

What will this cost me?

We have recently made changes to the membership structure for our members from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.

Previously, members in these areas were required to join both the international organization (ILCA) and their respective regional organizations (USLCA, CLCA, and LCANZ). Their membership fee was divided between the two groups and members received the benefits of both, independently administered, organizations.

That is now changing and the requirement of membership in both the international and regional organization has been lifted.

As a part of the change in structure, your membership fee will also change. We have taken into account the concern expressed by our members that these changes would lead to a significant increase in the cost of membership. We are glad to announce our new fees for 2015 represent only a $2 (USD) increase over the portion of last year’s fee that came directly to ILCA.

As before, your membership fee varies based on your home country. You can find complete information about our 2015 membership fees HERE.

Still not sure?

Did you know that you can try ILCA FREE for 30 days? Want to figure out a bit more of what ILCA is about? Just email membership@ilca.org with your contact information (name, mailing address, email, and phone numbers) and you will receive a login and password that will be good for a 30 day ONLINE TRIAL membership.

Do you support and promote breastfeeding? Then you are a valued member of our community. You do not need to be an IBCLC to be a member!

If you have any questions, please contact membership@ilca.org.

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Announcing a NEW Membership Structure for ILCA

ILCALogo_full_text (2)As the International Lactation Consultant Assocation® (ILCA®) prepares to begin our campaign for our 2015 Membership year, we want to make you aware of changes to our membership structure. We deeply value all members of the lactation field and we have put significant effort into identifying and delivering the services most important to you. We are also evolving to meet our vision of “World Health Transformed through Breastfeeding and Skilled Lactation Care.”

Up until now, ILCA members who lived in the United States, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand had their membership “bundled” with one of our Partner Affiliate organizations (In the U.S., you are bundled with the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA); in Canada, with the Canadian Lactation Consultant Association (CLCA); and in Australia and New Zealand, with the Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ)).

This means that, when a member joined ILCA, they automatically received membership in the national or regional organization in their area. For example, our Canadian members were automatically signed up for both ILCA and CLCA. The membership fee was divided between the two groups and members received the benefits of both, independently administered, organizations.

That is now changing. Members living in the areas served by our Partner Affiliates will no longer be required to join both the international organization (ILCA) and their respective regional organizations (USLCA, CLCA, and LCANZ).

Recognizing the potential benefits, ILCA and the Partner Affiliates have considered this action for some time. The primary rationale for this decision is to provide our existing members the opportunity to freely choose membership based on their needs and objectives and to provide potential members greater latitude to join like-minded local, national and/or international organization(s) that are within their budget. This new option will allow all the organizations to run more effectively and meet the unique needs of their particular region.

Additionally, the ILCA Board of Directors has renewed our commitment to strengthen and expand our affiliate relationships WORLDWIDE. Until now, ILCA has been intently focused on our three Partner Affiliates, often to the detriment of organizations and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) in other countries. This renewed commitment to emerging IBCLC institutions will allow ILCA to help elevate these organizations to the world stage by providing much needed organizational support.

Of course, ILCA remains strongly committed to our current affiliates and the needs of IBCLCs in those countries. If we are to truly embrace our vision of world health transformed through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care, we will need effective partnerships with both established and emerging affiliates. And most importantly, we need you: individuals committed to advancing the IBCLC profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research.

Finally, we strongly encourage everyone to join both ILCA and your local or national professional association, in order to support efforts to advance the IBCLC profession both worldwide and in your community.

Together, these steps to remove the membership requirement and to strengthen ILCA’s global outreach are major initiatives with far-reaching benefits.  We look forward to continuing to serve you and hope you will renew your upcoming membership and partner with us to meet these exciting goals. Look for additional information about your membership renewal coming to you soon.

Sincerely, on behalf of the ILCA Board of Directors,

DSC03591Decalie Brown, RN, CM, IBCLC, CFHN, BHMtg
President (2014-16)

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Letter from the ILCA President 2014

Every year, the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) board president shares with members the strategic plans and priorities for the year ahead. This year, we’re sharing it at Lactation Matters so that everyone interested in ILCA – not just members – can be up-to-date. Share your feedback at info@ilca.org or in the comments below.

liz_brooksDear ILCA Members,

Happy IBCLC Day (Wednesday, 5 March 2014) from the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) Board of Directors!

Our social media platforms (FacebookLactation Matters blog and Twitter) are front and center this year, to honor and celebrate the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®).  We hope you take a moment to reach out and thank an IBCLC who touched your life . . . perhaps as a clinician; maybe as a mentor. Learn more here.

To our members: thank YOU! Your membership dollars are the engine driving this association, allowing us to produce the top-ranked breastfeeding research publication Journal of Human Lactation (JHL), to host the premier international lactation conference every year, and to be an important voice for IBCLCs who protect  human lactation in international policy-setting bodies. But without YOU, this professional association would not exist.

In return, ILCA offers YOU a place for advocacy, education and professional development that focuses on YOU and your credential. No other group or association looks out for the IBCLC the way ILCA and its Partner Affiliates do. Here is a snapshot of some of ILCA’s important activities in the last year:

Reducing inequities in breastfeeding support; opening the doors of the profession, and the professional association. The demographics of ILCA membership, and the pathways of entry into our profession, show there are significant race- and income-based barriers to sit for the IBCLC exam offered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®). Accreditation of academic programs in human lactation (by the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee, LEAARC) is expanding . . . but not yet universal. The future viability of our profession is very much at stake. Thus, the three independent organizations (ILCA, IBLCE and LEAARC) are co-hosting a Summit Addressing Inequities within the Lactation Consultant Profession on 27 July 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Watch the ILCA website for details and consider a submission to the JHL issue devoted to the topic of inequity; deadline is 1 August 2014.

Operations and management. Over the past few years, ILCA has been working on a top-to-bottom governance and operational shift, which is critical for long-term association sustainability. Our restructured budgeting, accounting, and auditing processes now include an operational metrics system to better evaluate ILCA’s programs and services. Additionally, ILCA now has highly skilled, experienced staff members who have expertise in conferencing, member-association management, and financial planning and analysis.

Finances and budgeting. The ILCA Board has set several short-term budgeting and long-term financial goals that better reflect our changing member needs. ILCA has commenced an ambitious development goal to raise  membership by expanding into more countries and remote regions where English is not the primary language.

Improved affiliate relations may mean new governance at ILCA! In a matter of weeks, ILCA hopes to provide details of a year-long review and revision of the ILCA Partner Affiliate agreements, designed to better support our affiliate members.

International advocacy. ILCA recently received a three-year renewal of its coveted non-governmental organization (NGO) status with the World Health Organization (WHO), and we retain our NGO status with the United Nations (UNICEF). Additionally, several efforts are underway from our stellar United Nations Breastfeeding Action Team (UNBAT), to insert breastfeeding protection into measures involving maternal/child health, gender equity, food safety and emergency preparedness.

Strategic plan, vision and mission. As part of its on-going work concerning the ILCA Strategic Plan, the Board has begun to look anew at the vision and mission that are our association guideposts. Every breastfeeding family deserves information and support; indeed, breastfeeding and human lactation as the cultural norm is an ideal upon which we can all agree. The IBCLC plays a critical role in making that happen. While not all families need an IBCLC’s care, those that do should know who we are, what we do, and how to access our services quickly. And ILCA and its Partner Affiliates are the ideal place to find IBCLC-centered resources and advocacy.

This is not all that ILCA is doing. These are only the “big picture” efforts that define the overall tone and philosophy of your professional association. The work of our Committees, Task Forces, Liaisons, staff, and our cadre of social media ambassadors, continues, every day. We’d love your help, too.  Let us say it one more time —

Thank you! On behalf of the entire ILCA Board of Directors,

Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC FILCA

ILCA President

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Join the ILCA Social Medialert Team: Marketing IBCLCs and Empowering Mothers!

ILCAElevate your social media know-how while spreading evidence-based information about breastfeeding and the role the IBCLC plays in supporting families!

Are you a breastfeeding advocate who uses social media to spread positive messages about breastfeeding and parenting?

Are you looking to increase your social media skills?
Would you like to support your profession with a growing social media presence?

The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is seeking applicants for a one year volunteer position as an Online Community Manager (OCM).

As an ILCA OCM, you will:

  • Receive social media training (including the basics and masterclasses to take your skills to the next level) in the comfort of your own home, led by a social media expert.
  • Learn the cutting edge tools and strategies that will help you spread your breastfeeding know- how, build your online credibility, enhance online relationships and mobilize people, and deepen your skills as a strategic community builder.
  • Learn to use social media strategically to spread messages about breastfeeding, parenting, and the IBCLC profession.
  • Work on a team with others that love social media and breastfeeding as much as you do!

Preferred applicants should:

  • Be a current member of ILCA.
  • Be intrigued by social media.
  • Be familiar with and regularly use at least one social media platform (like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, blogging).
  • Love people!
  • Enjoy working in teams, interacting with a diverse online community and being respectful even when there’s controversy.
  • Have been known to “talk breastmilk” at a dinner party . . . and are familiar with current topics in breastfeeding, parenting, and the IBCLC profession.
  • Have time to learn and engage. The online training takes about 12 hours and will be conducted via interactive online platforms.
  • Have time to volunteer. Each OCM is expected to volunteer 2-3 hours per week on an ILCA social media platform, with our startup time (February) and 2 other times per year being even more intensive.
  • Make a commitment. Because of this significant free training opportunity, ILCA asks each volunteer to commit to being an ILCA Online Community Manager for a one year term.

If you are interested, please complete the application here. We look forward to learning more about you!

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New Resource to Encourage Normal, Healthy Birth

By Jeanette McCulloch, IBCLC

preagnant africanIn the introduction of Linda Smith’s book, “Impact of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding,” Diane Wiessinger aptly sums up how we can help get breastfeeding off to a good start:

“It’s the birth, stupid!”

As lactation consultants, we know both anecdotally and through research the impact on breastfeeding of common birth interventions in the U.S, including: non-medical inductions; certain labor drugs; lack of freedom to eat, drink, or move about as needed; and unnecessary surgical delivery. While interventions can be lifesaving when medically appropriate, the number of routine interventions has meant an unprecedented impact on healthy, normal birth.

The result? According to Amnesty International: “It’s more dangerous to give birth in the United States than in 49 other countries. African-American women are at almost four times greater risk than Caucasian women.” And what do we know as lactation consultants? The same routine interventions that are impacting birth safety are also creating breastfeeding challenges.

Three leading midwifery organizations in the US formed a partnership to create educational materials designed to help those who are pregnant – or planning to become pregnant – learn about how a normal birth process can improve health of both mother and baby.

The International Lactation Consultant Association has signed on as a supporter of the project’s first handout, which guides women through the process of learning about normal birth and the choices they can make to increase the chances of a physiologic birth.

The handout is available as a PDF download here or you can purchase pre-printed packs at minimal cost here. The materials can serve as a helpful reference in your prenatal breastfeeding class packets. You can also share the link to the PDF widely on your own social media, helping as many mothers and mothers-to-be learn about normal, physiologic birth.

The handout was created in partnership between the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), the Midwives Alliance of North America, and the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives. It has received endorsements from many of the leading organizations working towards increasing normal birth options, including Citizens for Midwifery and the International Center for Traditional Childbearing. For more information, visit the ACNM’s consumer education project here.

JeanetteJeanette McCulloch, IBCLC, is a lactation consultant in private practice in Ithaca, NY. She is also the co-founder of BirthSwell, which is improving infant and maternal health through digital skills for birth and breastfeeding pros and volunteers.

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ILCA Launches New NEO-BFHI Webpage

ILCAThe ILCA website now hosts a special webpage to disseminate information about the expansion of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to neonatal care, or Neo-BFHI. The Neo-BFHI program was developed by a Nordic and Quebec working group consisting of health professionals from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Quebec, Canada.

The working group developed a unified expansion of the BFHI to neonatal wards, based on review of the evidence, expert opinion, and experiences in the Nordic countries and other countries around the world. To remain consistent with the WHO/UNICEF Global Criteria, the expansion closely follows the revised Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. The preparation of this adapted version of the BFHI is being done in consultation with representatives of the WHO and UNICEF. The UNICEF has agreed to disseminate the program assessment materials in the same way as for the original BFHI assessment.

Please visit the Neo-BFHI webpage to learn more about the piloting phase of the program. Also on the page is information about an international conference planned to launch the program in late 2014, with invited experts who will complete the program’s documents and form an international steering committee. The core document will be posted soon. Watch the webpage for that and for further updates as planning continues!

For more information about the program, contact Kerstin Hedberg Nyqvist at kerstin.hedberg_nyqvist@kbh.uu.se.

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Reflections from a Former Chris Mulford ILCA-WABA Fellow

The International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) are pleased to once again jointly sponsor the exciting opportunity for a Fellowship to travel and work with WABA on outreach and advocacy projects at their headquartersin Penang, Malaysia. ILCA has designated this annual Fellowship, the 6th to be awarded, as the Chris Mulford WABA ILCA Fellowship. Chris had been an ILCA member and helped to guide the birth and growth ofthe profession with a gentle spirit and wise leadership. Chris first joined WABA in 1996 at the first WABA Global Forum in Bangkok and became a long term volunteer for WABA. She worked mainly on Women and Work and Gender issues, bringing many achievements in supporting working women to breastfeed globally. She also paved the way for the first WABA‐ILCA Fellowship, in 2007, by being an exemplar of a Fellow. At Lactation Matters, we are proud to highlight this post, by Denise Fisher, a recent fellow, about her experiences in Malaysia with WABA.

For more information about applying to become a Fellow, please see this document. The deadline for applications is October 22, 2013.

By Denise Fisher AM, MMP, BN, IBCLC

In 2010, I was honored to be selected the Fellow to work with the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) staff on several projects to support breastfeeding worldwide.

WABA’s home office is in Penang. Penang has been called the Jewel of the Orient, and is a beautiful island off the coast of Malaysia. Malaysia is a bustling melting pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese, and other ethnic groups live together harmoniously. Because of this multiculturalism, this tropical paradise has also made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, and even the Malays from Kuala Lumpur will tell you that Penang is the place for the best food.

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I was incredibly excited to be given the opportunity for this fellowship to not only continue my passion for promoting breastfeeding, but to do it in such a fascinating country.

Now, while I was working on a purely volunteer basis, I was aware that ILCA® and WABA had invested financially in my travel and accommodation, and my family and work colleagues back home were also putting in big-time for me in my absence; so while the temptation was to spend many hours on the beach, I was keen to be able to help WABA as much as possible. I was given several projects to complete. They select projects that are in line with your interests and skills, so needless to say mine were either internet-related or education-related.

The biggest project was the establishment of the Breastfeeding Gateway. We worked as a small team to establish it in time to be launched for WABA’s 20th birthday celebrations. The goal of this Gateway is to provide you with all the quality information about a topic in one easy collection.  For example, you may be asked at work to develop a policy on an HIV-positive mother breastfeeding. You only need click on the HIV heading in the Gateway to open a page with links to all the quality information sites relevant to HIV on the internet, saving you hours of searching. This is perfect for students too – so easy. I loved helping to create this resource – it was such fun to work together on it.

Another project I had was to go to one of the local hospitals and film a mother doing skin-to-skin care and have baby self-attach. As a midwife, the opportunity to visit the maternity unit was one not to be missed, and then we had the most delightful mother, with a very obliging newborn who did exactly what he was supposed to (phew!).

Presenting a full-day workshop for the medical and nursing staff at the local university was pretty nerve-wracking, but on the day it all went smoothly and everyone was happy. Doing a workshop for the mother support group that had been established by a previous WABA/ILCA Fellow was much less stressful and I got to cuddle babies!

IMG_6511It wasn’t all work though. The WABA staff welcomed me into their lives and social events, and were all very friendly. I still keep in contact with some of them. I’ve been told I have to come back when the durian are fruiting (!). A young intern from America was working there at the same time I was, so both being visitors to the island, we spent our leisure time exploring – most memorable was the bicycle tour through Georgetown (the capital of Penang). You think traffic is bad where you live – wait until you’ve ridden a bike through the streets of an Asian city! This was a history and food tour – we went to lots of the historical sites (Georgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and our guides (two lovely young men) told us about living and working in Penang now, and what it was like for their parents and grandparents. And then there was the food – they took us to each of the places that was famous for each of the dishes Penang is famous for – lucky we did lots of riding to work it off. Another tour I did with my son was a guided taxi ride around the island. It truly is a tropical paradise.

Since my time in Penang, I’ve become one of a select group who get to meet up at the ILCA conference and talk about the good old days – the former WABA/ILCA Fellows! And even better, this year ILCA decided to honor us with a special Fellow’s pin. Based on my wonderful experience which was so personally and professionally rewarding I’d encourage everyone to consider applying for this yearly fellowship. You won’t regret it.

IMG_6093Denise is a registered nurse, midwife practitioner, and lactation consultant who has worked in education for many years. In recognition of her services to health professional education, specifically in the mother and baby area, Denise was inducted as a Member of Australia last year. Recognizing that the internet was the way of the future, Denise and her team created Health e-Learning in 2000, followed by the very popular GOLD conferences, to provide breastfeeding education for lactation consultants and other health professionals. She is now the Director of Step2 Education, a company that delivers Baby Friendly education to hospitals worldwide. Denise is married to Steve and mother to 3 beautiful young adults – James, Nicholas and Laura, and lives outside a little country town in Queensland, Australia.

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Don’t Miss These FREE Articles from the Journal of Human Lactation

Even though we’ve wrapped up our World Breastfeeding Week celebration for 2013, The Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) is still celebrating all month long with FREE access to their journal. JHL is the premier quarterly, peer-reviewed journal publishing original research, commentaries relating to human lactation and breastfeeding behavior, case reports relevant to the practicing lactation consultant and other health professionals who assist lactating mothers or their breastfeeding infants, debate on research methods for breastfeeding and lactation studies, and discussions of the business aspects of lactation consulting.

JHL is offering free access to a number of their most-read articles through August 31, 2013. While ILCA members receive and have access to JHL as a member benefit, the availability of the free articles is especially beneficial for our colleagues from other disciplines.  Please share widely these resources to pediatricians, obstetricians, midwives, nurses, educators, researchers and general public.

Free articles from JHL (through August 31, 2013) include:

Breastfeeding and Telehealth

Breastfeeding Protection, Promotion, and Support in the United States: A Time to Nudge, A Time to Measure

Education and Support for Fathers Improves Breastfeeding Rates: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Impact of Male-Partner-Focused Interventions on Breastfeeding Initiation, Exclusivity, and Continuation

Provision of Support Strategies and Services: Results from an Internet-Based Survey of Community-Based Breastfeeding Counselors

Breastfeeding Duration in Relation to Child Care Arrangement and Participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

What are your favorite JHL articles from the past year?  How have they impacted your practice?

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2013 ILCA Conference Materials Available Online

2013_listserv_bannerFor the first time, ILCA conference materials are available to ALL MEMBERS and not just to those registered to attend the conference. Access materials NOW with your computer or your mobile device!

Conference Materials Online

Find speaker materials and other conference information online at our new conference website. Your link to Table of Contents brings all session materials to your finger tips. With the push of a button you can preview speaker presentations and download materials. Click on Author Index to learn more about the speakers and see the sessions they will present. Those who will join us in Melbourne can also click on more handy links along the right side of the page to help you prepare for conference week. Free wireless will be available in the meeting rooms at the Convention Centre for those who wish to get online.

Stay in Touch with Our Mobile App!

App Icon-v3For the first time at an ILCA Conference you will have access to conference materials through your mobile device! Search the app store for ILCA 2013 on your android, iPhone or tablet device to download your conference app. You can then refer to your mobile device at any time during conference week to stay in touch with all the events.

Most of the app features are live now! Clicking on the Schedule icon brings you to the Full Schedule with links to each event. Conference registrants can even build your own Itinerary of all the events you want to attend. The File Library will be live by the end of the week and will contain all presentation materials submitted by speakers. Those coming to Melbourne can acquaint yourselves with all the features of the 2013 ICLA Conference app before you arrive. Click on the links to see how easy it will be to keep your finger on the pulse of the conference!

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Be a Volunteer on the ILCA United Nation Liaison Team!

ILCAILCA is seeking interested members to volunteer for its United Nation Liaison team. A Liaison for ILCA is a person so designated by ILCA to serve as its representative and spokesperson in communications with specific external organizations and communities, in this instance the United Nations.

ILCA is part of the Uniter Nations Breastfeeding Advocacy Team (UNBAT) which is a grouping of NGOs that share ILCA’s breastfeeding advocacy. This group also includes WABA and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Liaisons have been able to introduce other NGOs to the importance of breastfeeding and appropriate support for optimal infant and young child feeding. ILCA finds natural partners among NGOs who care about infant and maternal health; security and poverty reduction and gender equality.

Representing ILCA, as a liaison to the United Nations, is a diplomacy job but an easy one to learn if you truly believe in ILCA’s vision that the IBCLC is the globally recognized professional authority in lactation and mission to advance the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research.

Essential criteria:

  1. Member of ILCA in good standing
  2. Current IBCLC
  3. Ability to attend meetings in New York as needed
  4. Live within a reasonable proximity to New York City – train or bus preferable

Desirable criteria:

  1. Basic understanding of the United Nations system and the relationship of NGO’s to the system.
  2. A knowledge of documents used for advocacy include the Innocenti Declarations (1990 & 2005), Convention on the Rights of the Child, the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding, the WHO Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and all subsequent relevant WHO resolutions.
  3. Ability to identify and track external trends in the United Nations system to ensure ILCA’s timely participation and use of best practices.
  4. Commitment to respond to e-mails and work with the ILCA team and other breastfeeding representatives.
  5. Ability to help draft statements for various United Nations documents and seek ILCA board approval for statements.
  6. Forward written reports on meetings attended to ILCA Board Liaison for approval prior to publishing in eGlobe and ILCA’s website.
  7. Excellent diplomacy and communication skills.
  8. Ability to identify and mentor members for the group who can provide expertise, professionalism and cooperative effort to the group’s mission.

Term of Office: Three years

If you live within a reasonable proximity to New York City by train or bus and are interested in applying for the volunteer position of United Nation Liaison team, please forward a brief CV to Joy Heads, Director of Global Outreach at joyheads@ilca.org and fill out a Volunteer Application.

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