The New LCGB Website & Membership System Update
At the end of December, LCGB began the process of going 'live’ with our newly built LCGB website and membership system... We took a deep breath and the new website and membership system went live. Almost immediately members started logging on which was so exciting.
LCGB Members Volunteering During COVID Pandemic
Some LCGB members have been letting us know what they have been doing during COVID to help support the families who may have been affected by changes to services.
LCGB joins pilot of support app for isolated new parents during COVID-19
Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB), along with partners Peppy and NCT, is delighted to announce our involvement in an innovative new digital platform to support new parents through an app. This project has been successful in winning funding from the government sponsored TechForce19, with their partners PUBLIC and the AHSN Network, an NHSX initiative to trial digital solutions to support vulnerable and isolated people during the coronavirus crisis.
Supporting mothers who breastfeed: A guide for trainee and qualified doctors, by Associate LCGB member Patricia Wise
See the article to access the pdf of this new book, to share with medical students and qualified doctors
NBAW 2019 – Update from our Equity and Diversity Team
For #CelebrateBreastfeeding Week, the LCGB Equality and Diversity team would like to share some of our work.
Supporting skilled breastfeeding support which incorporates cultural competency, is an essential part of the Code of Professional Conduct for all IBCLCs.
Breastfeeding Weeks 2018
There are two separate National Breastfeeding Weeks in 2018: from the 18th to the 22nd we are celebrating with colleagues in Wales and Scotland; and from the 25th to the 29th we will be celebrating with colleagues in England. We’ll be adding to this page throughout the weeks...
World Aids Day 2017 – My Health, My Right Campaign
Women represent 52% of all people affected by HIV: in this document, published in recognition of 2017’s World Aids Day, WABA draws attention to the role of the protection, promotion and support of optimal breastfeeding as a way of ensuring women’s rights.
Equality & Diversity Report
It was wonderful to see the standing ovation that the delegates at this year’s Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative conference gave to breastfeeding peer supporter ZamZam Elmi, after her articulate and emotional description of how she became a breastfeeding peer supporter, and the struggles she faced through lack of support with her first baby, and her ensuing depression. Zamzam’s story is all too familiar, and one that Mammas, a Leicester-based breastfeeding peer support programme in a very diverse community, hear all too often among the mothers we meet.
Maternity Action Launch Report in Westminster
LCGB Deputy Chair Sally Etheridge represented our organisation and members at the Maternity Action Launch of Report on unfair redundancies for pregnant and new mothers. Speakers included Ros Bragg, Director of Maternity Action, MP Jo Swinson, and mothers affected by unfair redundancy. Several of those attending also shared their stories.
IBLCE Exam Board Role for UK IBCLC
LCGB is delighted to announce on IBCLC day that LCGB member, Jane Graves IBCLC, has been selected to serve on the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) Certification Committee.
Breastfeeding and HIV
LCGB welcome the new World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) documents and statement including the latest recommendations for breastfeeding in the context of HIV as part of the celebration of World AIDS Day. As IBCLCs it’s important to keep up to date with current evidence for practice, this is especially pertinent in the context of HIV.
The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative
The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) UK report was launched on Tuesday 15th November at the Houses of Parliament, hosted by MP Alison Thewliss. As well as civil servants, representatives of the main breastfeeding support organisations, researchers and MPs from all parties attended.
Attending the WABA 25th Anniversary Global Partners Forum
Report by Pamela Morrison IBCLC
Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E)
An LCGB hosted workshop:
Infant Feeding in Emergencies: working with refugee families in Europe 2016
All Party Parliamentary Group News
Lactation Consultants of Great Britain was well represented at the last All Party Parliamentary Group on Infant Feeding and Inequalities on 6th September, 2016.
Update on the first World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative in the UK March 2016
The WBTI team gave a presentation at the House of Commons at the first meeting to organise the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infant Feeding and Inequalities in early January, chaired by Alison Thewliss MP for Glasgow. The APPG was formally launched shortly thereafter; Ms Thewliss’ office will serve as the secretariat and have given assurances that the APPG will not accept any funding from the baby feeding industry.
World AIDS Day 2015
World AIDS Day is on Tuesday, 1 December this year. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) 2015 World AIDS Day Statement can be found on the WABA website.
Breastfeeding Welcome at Airports?
The results, needless to say, were very interesting. Take a look at our summary of airport facilities according to their responses, and discover exactly what we found out.
Jane Graves and Suzanne Tobin, the first LCGB Conference Scholarship Winners!
We are thrilled that Jane and Suzanne will be attending their first LCGB Conference and wish them well on their journey to become IBCLCs.
World Aids Day 2014
The LCGB is pleased to announce that member Pamela Morrison IBCLC has recently produced several important new articles and resources on breastfeeding and HIV. Pamela’s background includes ten years as a La Leche League Leader in Zimbabwe (1987 – 1997) and twenty-four years as an IBCLC (1990 to date) in Zimbabwe, Australia and England
Preventing Disease and Saving Resources
Preventing Disease and Saving Resources – the potential contribution of increasing breastfeeding rates in the UK.
You may have seen the coverage in the media of this UNICEF commissioned work highlighting the cost of NOT breastfeeding.
Six months of exclusive breastfeeding: how good is the evidence?
This article published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) is being reported in the media as questioning whether exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is appropriate for UK babies. This article is not based on new evidence but rather a re-analysis of older evidence, much of which is the same as that used as the basis for weaning recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UK’s Departments of Health (DH).
National Breastfeeding Week 2010 at Westminster
On Monday 21st June a parliamentary reception was held at the House of Commons, Westminster, hosted by the Member of Parliament, Emily Thornberry, to celebrate National Breastfeeding Week 2010 and 3 years since the launch of the Breastfeeding Manifesto Coalition (BMC).