IBCLC Day Celebrated Worldwide


ARMC and Certified Nurse Midwife Brenda Johnson are joining the International Lactation Consultant Association in celebrating IBCLC Day on March 6, 2013. This year's theme “Connect with IBCLCs, the Experts in Breastfeeding Care,” highlights the expertise of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® in providing breastfeeding care.

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLCs), like Brenda Johnson, are healthcare professionals with expertise related to breastfeeding. In order to become certified, all IBCLCs have extensive training through coursework and clinical practice hours, and they have passed an internationally recognized exam.

Because of their training and required continuing education, IBCLCs are knowledgeable about evidence-based practices and experienced in managing a wide variety of complex breastfeeding situations. They advise mothers during pregnancy, help them establish breastfeeding, and provide assistance with any challenges that may occur. IBCLCs also train other health workers and educators so that they may support breastfeeding. IBCLCs undertake research, develop health materials, and implement programs and campaigns.

According to Liz Brooks, President of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), “Parents can be overwhelmed by the many sources of information on breastfeeding, some of which may be conflicting. An IBCLC has the expertise to provide parents accurate, evidence-based information specific to their needs.”

As allied health care professionals with the only internationally-recognized credential for professional lactation services, IBCLCs work in hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings, government agencies, education and in research. There are currently more than 26,000 IBCLC certificants in 94 countries worldwide. The IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®), which is accredited by the U.S. National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Pregnant women, parents and health workers can find an IBCLC by visiting the International Lactation Consultant Association's website at www.ilca.org and follow the “Find a Lactation Consultant” link where they can search for an IBCLC by postal code, city and state, or country.

The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is the professional association for IBCLCs and other health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families. ILCA's mission is to advance the IBCLC profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research. ILCA provides members with numerous resources and professional development opportunities that enhance their ability to provide expert care to breastfeeding families.

For more information about ILCA, visit the website at www.ilca.org or contact the ILCA Office at +1 919 861 5577 or info@ilca.org. For more information about IBLCE, visit www.iblce.org or contact the IBLCE Office at +1 703 560 7330 or iblce@iblce.org.

If you have questions about breastfeeding, please contact Brenda Johnson at ARMC or Luck.

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