Washington Marriott Wardman Park
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Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Lactation Equity Action Seminar: Breaking Down Barriers to the IBCLC Profession

A half day event designed to address the cultural and classist barriers to the IBCLC profession. This interactive seminar will be led by author and breastfeeding advocate Kathi Barber, BS, CLEC and Clifton Kenon Jr., DNP, RN, IBCLC. CERPs have been applied for.


At the 2014 Lactation Summit, participants shared many barriers to the profession (Learn more here). There is still much listening to be done to fully identify the range of barriers that exist around the world. The Lactation Equity Action Seminar is an opportunity for participants to:

  • Learn more about the cultural and classist barriers that contribute to the existence of inequities in the IBCLC profession
  • Identify and organize around strategies to expand opportunities for social groups disproportionately facing barriers to entry into the IBCLC profession.
  • Enumerate action steps taken by IBLCE, ILCA, and LEAARC in response to the Lactation Equity Summit of 2014.

Considering discussion at last year's Summit, the Lactation Equity Action Team recognizes that the barriers faced may vary significantly depending on geographic location, education level, gender identity/expression and socio-economic status. Because we recognize that this seminar being held in the United States in the English language is a barrier in itself, we are working to lessen this barrier in the future. Our speakers have a wealth of knowledge and experience; they have been asked to address issues facing lactation consultants globally in addition to those faced in the US.

This event continues the exploration begun at the 2014 Lactation Summit. It is one of several opportunities to help broaden the discussion through various means to the widest possible audience, including those not present at the seminar. Since 2014 there have been significant changes made within our profession. You will hear about those changes and have the opportunity to make further recommendations. We look forward to collaborating with all of you in creating a truly equitable and global lactation profession.


Anyone interested in addressing barriers to the IBCLC profession is invited to attend the seminar.


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

12:30-1:00pm: Registration
1:00-1:15pm: Welcome/Introduction of Keynote Speaker
1:15-2:15pm: Keynote Presentation
2:15-2:30pm: Progress Made Since 2014 Lactation Summit
2:30-2:45pm: Break
2:45-4:15pm: Interactive Workshop
4:15-5:00pm: Closing Remarks

How to register:

The seminar is free of charge. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please register here.

Hosted by:

This event is hosted by the Lactation Equity Action Team, with support and in-kind donations provided by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC), and Health e-Learning. Learn more about the Lactation Equity Action Team here.

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