Well Being

Celebrate IBCLC Day on March 3, 2010

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The 9th annual IBCLC Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. The day recognizes the important role that International Board Certified Lactation Consults play in supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies. The year 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLE) and hence the lactation consultant profession with the theme “IBCLCs: Experience You Can Trust.”

ILCA offers free downloadable items, some of which are available to everyone and some only to ILCA members. To honor a lactation consultant in your life, you could buy one of the promotional items in the ICLA store.

The New York Times recently ran a timely feature on lactation consultant Freda Rosenfeld (thanks to Mama Knows Breast for the link!) In the article “The Breast Whisperer” the writer Elissa Gootman notes that there are now approximately 20,000 lactation consultants worldwide and 582 in New York state alone. The IBCLC exam has been translated into 20 languages and administered in 87 countries, with over 4,000 people taking the exam last year. As for Ms. Rosenfeld, aside from her bad advice to limit feedings to a certain number of minutes on each breast, I enjoyed reading about her passion for her profession. “I get paid to be neurotic and hold babies,” she said. “Who could ask for more?”

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