Action 11. Ensure access to services provided by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants*
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- Include support for lactation as an essential medical service for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and children
- Provide reimbursement for IBCLCs independent of their having other professional certification or licensure
- Work to increase the number of racial and ethnic minority IBCLCs to better mirror the U.S. population
*In 2013, The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies updated language around these strategies to better reflect the variety of types of lactation support providers, as well as the changing landscape of health care in the wake of passage of the Affordable Care Act. In addition to the review of the SGCTA at 5 years being conducted with National Breastfeeding Month 2016, the USBC is supporting a collaborative of national organizations representative of all lactation support provider types to explore and work together on implementation strategies that address these changes in the landscape.
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Action Activities: The American Public Health Association sent a letter of support to HHS Secretary Sebelius to support the Institute of Medicine recommendations to require insurers to support lactation counseling.
Action Activities: All Baby cafes are required to provide free IBCLC care to any mother attending a Baby Cafe.
Supporting Link: http://Babycafeusa.org : staffing requirements
Action Activities: The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute makes every effort to ensure diversity in the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative, a graduate level education course.
Action Activities: Served as chair of the International Lactation Consultant Association's inaugural Lactation Equity Summit. Mrs. Carothers is past chair of the Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC) which provides scholarships for IBCLC exam candidates, with an emphasis on those serving vulnerable communities and disadvantaged populations.
Supporting Link: https://www.milcc.org/
Action Activities: Healthy Children Project, in partnership with Union Institute & University, provides BS and MA degree programs to prepare students to qualify for the IBLCE exam through "Pathway 2."
Supporting Link: http://healthychildren.cc/Education.htm#Degrees
Action Activities: The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) believes giving mothers the support they need to breastfeed their babies is central to the role and function of IBCLCs. The IBLCE exam is offered in countries throughout the world in sixteen different languages. In addition, together with the International Lactation Consultant Association, the IBLCE administers the IBCLC Care Award to recognize hospitals and birthing facilities that hire IBCLCs and have a dedicated lactation program that provides service 5 to 7 days a week.
Supporting Link: http://iblce.org/about-iblce/iblce-exam-facts-figures/
Action Activities: The International Childbirth Education Association provides both certification and other educational opportunities for breastfeeding support. IAT's are required to attend breastfeeding continuing education on a yearly basis. ICEA is beginning an educational offering "Early Lactation Care Workshop" for all childbirth educators
Supporting Link: http://icea.org
Action Activities: The needs of military families dictate that we utilize pragmatic solutions to ensure and expand access to trained lactation professionals with accurate, evidence-based information. Currently, the requirements to sit the IBCLE exam are prohibitive to many military servicemembers and dependents, but there are a number of other professional credentials accredited by LEAARC that are obtainable for military families. We are pleased that IBLCE has awarded us approval to be a Recognized Mother Support Counsellor Organization, which will mitigate some of these barriers to military spouses who seek to attain the IBCLC credential We strive to increase access to trained, accredited lactation professionals by hosting CLC trainings in our chapter communities, and assisting military servicemembers and spouses in utilizing military programs to fund tuition costs.
Supporting Link: http://www.mom2momglobal.org
Action Activities: The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Breastfeeding Special Interest Group provides reimbursement to two members who take the IBLCE examination each year through the Breastfeeding Education SIG IBLCE Exam Award.
Action Activities: A top priority for the IBCLC profession in the United States is to obtain licensure in order to protect the public. The United States Lactation Consultant Assocation is communicating with State Medicaid Directors to work on IBCLC reimbursement for lactation services.
Action Activities: Promote the Florida Lactation Consultant Association efforts to obtain licensure of IBCLCs in the state of Florida to improve access of care to breastfeeding mothers and babies.
Action Activities: ZipMilk GA is our Georgia State Breastfeeding Directory. Use it to find breastfeeding help all over the state, including IBCLCs. Healthcare Professionals can use it to connect with other breastfeeding supporters and resources nearby and offer moms an easy way see all the various types of breastfeeding support around you, including how to find and contact an IBCLC.
Supporting Link: http://www.zipmilk.org
Action Activities: The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition leads a legislative effort to license clinical breastfeeding care in Minnesota.
Supporting Link: http://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org/licensure/
Action Activities: Developed a resource guide for community health providers for lactation support.