Equality & Diversity Report

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LCGB’s Equality & Diversity team are always keen to hear from members about good practice in their settings to increase or recognise diversity, or stories celebrating success among those from minority groups. 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 … Read More

Specialist training day: Protecting Infants in Emergencies in the Developed World

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  LCGB in collaboration with Safely Fed Canada, are pleased to announce a training day on 4th December in Islington, North London, for commissioners and frontline workers from Public Health, Local Resilience Forums, emergency planners, infant feeding leads, health visitors and midwives working with vulnerable populations and refugees, and all other interested parties including peer supporters, on Protecting Infants in Emergencies in the … Read More

Planning Your Route

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There are three pathways to fulfilling the prerequisites for the IBCLC exam, set by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). Pathway 1 is the most commonly used in the UK by health professionals, peer supporters, and breastfeeding counsellors.  For more information about pathway 1 click HERE Pathway 2 requires an accredited academic programme, which is not currently available in the … Read More

Pathway 1

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Looking to qualify as an IBCLC using Pathway 1? All candidates for pathway 1 must have 1000 contact hours with breastfeeding families and at least 90 hours of breastfeeding education in the 5 years before applying to sit the exam. Non health professionals also need to show they have learning in 14 health science subjects. For a full list of … Read More

Maternity Action Launch Report in Westminster

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From Westminster, 7th November 2017 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. Sally brought the topic of poor … Read More

Non-HCP Case Studies

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Case Study 1: Jane says “I have been involved in breastfeeding support for about 11 years, initially as a volunteer in a breastfeeding support group and then more recently as a paid peer supporter in a hospital running a post-natal telephone support service. I first became inspired to become an IBCLC by my manager at the hospital who was already … Read More

Health Background Courses

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Health background courses examples Non health professionals such as breastfeeding counsellors and peer supporters need to fulfil 8 ‘for credit’ health science courses and 6 ‘ongoing education’ courses in order to apply for the exam. Please see: http://iblce.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/health-sciences-education-guide.pdf for full information. It is always worth considering if any of your previous qualifications, or modules from them, may fit the criteria.  … Read More