December 2018
The Emerging Leaders in Lactation Scholarship: 
Making Lactation Care More Accessible in Medan, Indonesia
The Emerging Leaders in Lactation (ELL) Scholarship was established as a new scholarship programme in 2017 in the spirit of fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion among the community of IBCLC® candidates and future leaders. IBCLC candidates who demonstrate leadership potential, belong to a group historically underrepresented in the profession and its leadership, and may otherwise be unable to pursue their IBCLC credential are offered this opportunity through the ELL Scholarship.

The first class of ELL Scholars is earning the IBCLC credential – and they are already making a difference in their communities! Ingrid Siahaan, MD, MPH, IBCLC is one of the first cohort of Emerging Leaders in Lactation to earn her IBCLC and is working in Medan, Indonesia. When she experienced challenges breastfeeding her first child, she had to travel to another province to find the support she needed. Now, she is working to make breastfeeding knowledge and care more accessible to others in her region. You can read her story here
“We had a very difficult experience breastfeeding my first born until we got help from a paediatrician who also was an IBCLC in another province when my son was seven months old. Since then, I decided to become an IBCLC to help mothers and babies have a smooth and happy breastfeeding journey.”

Ingrid Siahaan, MD, MPH, IBCLC
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This GivingTuesday, stand together with breastfeeding families and IBCLCs around the world to help remove financial barriers to accessing the IBCLC credential by donating to
MILCC’s vision is that every family worldwide has access to culturally appropriate care from an IBCLC.
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IBCLC Examination Results:
Why the Wait?
After candidates have spent so long preparing for the IBCLC examination, IBLCE® very much understands that candidates are anxious to receive their results as soon as possible. However, it takes some time for results to be finalised – and this is for two reasons which ultimately are for the benefit of IBCLCs and candidates.

The IBCLC is a truly global credential. With over 32,500 IBCLCs worldwide in 122 countries, the IBCLC is highly visible around the globe and represents the gold standard in lactation care. As a world-recognised credential, many breastfeeding families seek to work with professionals who are IBCLCs. To score a professional examination for a global programme means that the examination must be scored in all the languages in which the examination is offered. In the case of the IBCLC, this constitutes 17 languages.

Once the examination administration closes, the post-administration analysis begins. The IBCLC examination results are reviewed item by item. Any item that performed unexpectedly goes to subject matter experts (SMEs) for further review. This careful review takes time, but, ultimately, it is to provide the most fair and accurate results to IBCLC test-takers.

If you took the September 2020 IBCLC examination, you will receive information about how to access your results prior to the end of the calendar year.

The IBCLC is a truly global credential which requires careful review in all the languages in which it is offered and to facilitate fairness and accuracy of results.
Updated Interim Guidance on the Use of Technology to Meet Pathways 1, 2, and 3 Clinical Practise Requirements Extended Through September 30, 2021
Due to the continued worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, IBLCE will continue to allow certification eligibility clinical practise hours to be met using technology through September 30, 2021.

Pathway 1, 2 and 3 Initial Candidates and their Supervisors/Mentors can learn more about how they can meet clinical practise hour requirements using technology by reviewing the Updated Interim Guidance on the Use of Technology to Meet Pathways 1, 2, and 3 Clinical Practise Requirements, originally issued in May and April 2020 and reissued in October 2020, for details.
2021 Recertification Reminder:
Know the New Requirements
2021 is nearly upon us – and, for many, that means it is time to focus on IBCLC recertification.

This is a friendly reminder that there are several changes to IBCLC requirements beginning next year as a result of a periodic holistic review of the IBCLC certification programme. You can find a summary of the changes below.

Recertifying IBCLCs have the following new requirements during each five-year recertification cycle:

  • 250 hours of practise in lactation consulting (full- or part-time; volunteer or paid)
  • Basic life support education (for example, CPR or NRP)
IBLCE Leadership Transitions
IBLCE is pleased to announce the election of three vibrant new leaders to the IBLCE Board of Directors! IBLCE warmly welcomes Jennifer Day, Bayyinah Muhammad, and Kristi Salisbury to the IBLCE Board.
Jennifer Day, IBCLC, CLE, CLS, RLC, BD is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Birth Doula, Founder and Owner of Feed the Babes, LLC and offers in-home and clinic-based, skilled breastfeeding support and birth doula services. Jennifer also serves as Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN) Community Building Project Manager and as one of the founding members of Southeast Michigan IBCLC's of Color.
Bayyinah Muhammad, BSN, RN, IBCLC is a boots-on-the-ground practitioner who works professionally as a Registered Labor and Delivery Nurse and IBCLC. Additionally, she has more than 10 years’ experience providing doula support in varying and diverse settings. She also is a member of the American Nurses Association; the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses; and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Kristi Salisbury, CDM, CFPP, RD, serving as a public member for IBLCE, is the owner of dk Foodservice Solutions, LLC, a consultant company that works with healthcare facilities to provide interim foodservice direction and guidance with improving operations. She develops and presents leadership seminars to develop culinary directors into stronger leaders. She continues to stay active in her professional associations to develop opportunities for dietary managers and dietitians.

Personally, she is a wife and mother of three beautiful breastfed daughters.
As reported in the last IBLCE Briefing, Marin Skariah, MSN, FNP-BC, RNC-MNN, C-EFM, IBCLC of Connecticut, USA has transitioned into the role of IBLCE Chair. The Chair-Elect is Annabelle MacKenzie, MA, IBCLC of Suffolk, United Kingdom, and the immediate past chair, Norma Escobar, RLC, IBCLC of North Carolina, USA has transitioned to the role of Board Advisor. Kelly Valceanu, DNP, MA, MSN, CNM, IBCLC, was elected to serve as Treasurer. Roberto Issler, MD, IBCLC of Porto Alegre, Brazil and Mona Sakr, MBBS, Msc, IBCLC of Ajman, United Arab Emirates were both elected Senior Board Members. IBLCE thanks each of these individuals for assuming key leadership roles, particularly during this challenging time.

Finally, IBLCE extends its greatest thanks and bids a fond farewell to Clifton Kenon, Jr., DNP, MSN, RN, IBCLC, RLC who has recently completed his second Board term with IBLCE! IBLCE has appreciated his leadership over the past six years and wishes him all the best!

For more information on the IBLCE Board, visit the IBLCE website.
Let’s Get Ethical! IBLCE Chair Presents on the Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs
At this year’s conference of the independent International Lactation Consultants Association® (ILCA®), then IBLCE Chair Norma Escobar, IBCLC, RLC gave a well-received presentation on the Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs, also known as the CPC. The presentation focused on updates to the procedures accompanying the CPC and provided statistical information with respect to the IBCLC ethics & disciplinary process.

Initially, the presentation focused on differences among various types of organisations. Membership organisations such as ILCA focus on members while certification boards, such as the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, or IBLCE, are focused on the public interest, typically health and safety and the recognition of professionals who meet objective standards designed to promote health and safety.

Also noted was that a key hallmark of any profession is a code of professional conduct as professionals have responsibilities to their clients or patients. IBCLCs have positions of great responsibility and trust, and they work with babies and breastfeeding families. The procedures accompanying the codes of professional conduct are the “rules of the road” to the ethics & disciplinary process and are publicly available so all stakeholders know what to expect in advance and are designed to be fair and balanced. Stressed was the fact that issues arising out of codes of professional conduct potentially involve health and safety, as well as professionals’ livelihoods. It is therefore of critical importance that such ethics matters are considered neutrally, carefully and thoughtfully.

The presentation also included historical data with respect to the IBCLC programme, noting that there had been 94 ethics complaints filed between 2010 and 2020. The most common type of complaints filed pertained to the use of social media, confidentiality, scope of practise issues and the disparagement of other healthcare providers.

The presentation stressed the utility of Advisory Opinions as tools to inform practise, including ethical considerations.

Finally, the presentation spotlighted IBLCE’s implementation of the use of an online portal to speed the disposition of ethics matters – also particularly critical in the age of COVID-19.
This briefing is being translated and will be disseminated in all examination languages in the immediate future.
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