Weekly Wednesday Wire: November 13, 2013

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USBC Updates

Please Welcome New National Nonprofit Member: Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee

The Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC) is a nonprofit organization that oversees a formal, non-governmental, peer-review process of voluntary self evaluation. LEAARC recognizes individual courses and academic programs that prepare individuals to enter the lactation consultant profession. LEAARC's competency-based curriculum forms the basis for two types of recognition. LEAARC has been granting formal LEAARC Approval to courses with a minimum of 45 hours of instruction since 2009 and will soon celebrate its fifth birthday. There are currently 24 LEAARC-Approved courses worldwide and new courses continue to apply for approval. LEAARC also serves as a review committee to recommend academic programs for accreditation through the U.S.-based Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Several academic institutions are conducting a self study of their programs as part of the process toward this accreditation. Both distinctions are based on adherence to established criteria and standards of the profession and provide a reliable indicator of educational quality to students, employers, insurers, counselors, educators, governmental officials, and the public. LEAARC's Board of Directors consists of professionals in private health care practice, hospital administrators, academics in higher education, a recently certified lactation consultant, and a public member. 

Member News

Research and Strategies Webinar, from AWHONN

Join the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) on Thursday, November 21 at 1 p.m. EST for a live webinar on New Research & Strategies to Promote & Support Breastfeeding. Speaker Jill Janke, Ph.D., WHNP, RN will provide cutting-edge information on recent trends in breastfeeding, new evidence on the dose-dependent nature of breastfeeding benefits, how to implement Baby-Friendly principles in your facility, and evidence-based practice resources that promote breastfeeding to ensure every nurse has the essential information needed to provide education and support for patients.

Lifetime Achievement Award, from APHA

Congratulations to USBC member representative Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, on receiving the Carl E. Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association's International Health Section. Dr. Labbok is Professor of the Practice of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the School's Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute. She accepted the award on November 5 at the APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston. The award honors public health visionaries and leaders who have shaped the direction of international health and/or the development of APHA. Dr. Labbok is the first recipient of this award whose career concentration has focused upon breastfeeding and family planning.

Partner News

Conference on Maternity Care and Infant Feeding in Indian Country, from BMC

The Breastfeeding Center at Boston Medical Center has announced that they will host a Conference on Maternity Care and Infant Feeding in Indian Country in Albuquerque, NM on May 1, 2014. The conference will focus on promoting breastfeeding at birth through hospital policies and Baby-Friendly designation, and will highlight the past, present, and future of maternity care and infant feeding in Indian Country. Additional efforts by The Breastfeeding Center include partnerships with Let's Move! In Indian Country and work with the Indian Health Service and Native American communities to implement the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in hospitals serving Native Americans throughout the United States. This work is supported by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

State/Community News

New Brief on Hospital Practices, from Los Angeles

A new brief from the Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles describes four hospital practices associated with increased breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity, and duration including: breastfeeding initiation within the first hour after birth, exclusive breast milk feeding in the hospital, rooming-in, and providing a phone number for breastfeeding support after discharge. The brief identifies recommended actions for mothers and families, cities and communities, the health care community, employers, and policymakers. Access the webinar recording.

News Clippings

Breastfeeding Medicine journal: "The Case for Creating a Model Insurance Policy: Payer Coverage of Breastfeeding Counseling Services, Pumps, and Supplies"

ACLU News Release: "ACLU Takes Action on Behalf of Woman Denied Right to Pump Breast Milk at Work"

Reuters: "Special Report: How Big Formula bought China"

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