IBLCE Supports Breastfeeding Families, IBCLCs and Those Providing Lactation Care in Middle East

IBLCE holds in its thoughts those in the Middle East who are experiencing fear, uncertainty, worry, and loss within their families and communities. Access information on breastfeeding in emergencies from the WHO, UNICEF, and the Global Breastfeeding Collective. 

IBLCE is grateful to those IBCLCs and other breastfeeding supporters providing care and support to so many families facing extraordinary difficulties during this profound time.

IBLCE Statement on X (formerly Twitter)

IBLCE has been following the recent news on X (formerly Twitter) and, in an abundance of caution, has made the determination to suspend activity on the platform. X’s new policy on biometric data does not align with IBLCE’s values and privacy policies and, therefore, we will be deactivating the IBLCE account on X effective immediately. 

To stay up to date with IBLCE news, we hope you will find us on one of the following platforms:

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Privacy and security are of importance to IBLCE, and this decision was made with this in mind.

IBLCE Statement on Georgia’s Supreme Court Ruling on the Lactation Consultant Practice Act

The mission of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®), a global organisation with, as of 2023, close to 36,000 International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) in 131 countries, serves the global public interest by advancing professional practice in lactation consultation and support through credentialing.  As set forth in the Diversity, Access, and Inclusion in Global Lactation Credentialing section of its website, IBLCE genuinely embodies diversity in professional lactation care.

The recent news from the US state of Georgia’s Supreme Court ruling brings an opportunity to highlight the importance of equity and access to lactation care globally. Education cost, insurance reimbursement, state and/or federal legislation, and many other variables impacting professional practice are set and managed independently of IBLCE.

While IBLCE neither supported, nor had involvement with, the recent Georgia licensure legislation which was the subject of this litigation, the organisation appreciates the dynamics of the case, and continues to progress initiatives that support the diversification of the lactation field worldwide. 

This year alone, IBLCE launched the Global Center for Lactation Training (GCLT) TM, an affiliated organisation that aims to make available credentialing products, services, and programming designed with a global perspective to meet a variety of professional goals and needs. Additionally, IBLCE’s affiliated organisation MILCC offers global scholarships to remove financial barriers to accessing the IBCLC credential.

IBLCE commends IBCLCs and other lactation support providers. It acknowledges and welcomes people with diverse educational and professional backgrounds, who provide lactation care and services across a spectrum of scopes of practice, celebrating the unique perspectives, skills, and expertise that can improve outcomes for breastfeeding families and meet the needs of diverse populations.

A culture of teamwork, respect, and mutual learning can only lead to better outcomes and a more comprehensive approach to lactation care worldwide.

IBLCE’s Expanded Digital Presence

IBLCE has transitioned to a Commission structure – and with this transition, we are in the process of expanding and enhancing our digital presence!

IBLCE is pleased to introduce the new IBCLC Commission website at www.ibclc-commission.org! This is the new home for all information related to the IBCLC programme, where you can:

On the IBLCE website, you can find:

Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC)

MILCC removes financial barriers to accessing the IBCLC credential by fostering inclusiveness, promoting philanthropy, and increasing public awareness of the value of the IBCLC. 

The IBCLC Care Awards

Recognising maternity and community-based facilities worldwide that hire currently certified International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certificants.

Does IBLCE Have Your Current Email on File?

We can’t stay in touch with you if you don’t stay in touch with us!

The best way to reach the thousands of IBCLCs around the world is via email. Be sure to receive email from us by updating your contact information in IBLCE’s online credential management system.

IBLCE will be sending Recertification Reminders and more information about the CE Self-Assessment in the coming weeks and months, so now is the time to check that your email address is up to date.

Please check your email address and update it as needed by logging into IBLCE’s online system. In the top right corner, you can find a box with your email address – click it for a dropdown menu and select “Profile” and then “Update your profile” to change your email address or other contact information.

Log into IBLCE’s online credential management system here.

You can find instructions and video tutorials to help you navigate the system here.

If you have any issues, please contact your IBLCE location to assist you.