December 2018
Promoting the IBCLC at the World Breastfeeding Conference 

IBLCE ® was highly visible at the recent 3 rd World Breastfeeding Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil held November 12 – 15, 2019. The conference provided a magnificent opportunity to promote the IBCLC ® and connect with a multitude of stakeholders worldwide. IBLCE was well represented by Immediate Past Chair, Dr. Roberto Mário Issler of Porto Alegre, Brazil, the IBLCE’s Coordinator from Brazil, Rosane Baldissera, IBCLC and the Director of Promotion and Advancement for the Americas & Israel, Saray Hill, IBCLC.

IBLCE had a great presence in the exhibit hall with a booth staffed with personnel who spoke Portuguese, Spanish and English. Stakeholders took this opportunity to ask questions and share some of their experiences working as IBCLCs in their respective countries. In addition, the Immediate Past Chair and the IBLCE Coordinator presented two sessions in Portuguese promoting the IBCLC and discussing how to earn the IBCLC, the global standard in lactation consulting. 

IBLCE was pleased to meet and engage in conversations with IBCLCs and aspiring IBCLCs from Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Saudi Arabia, Canada, New Zealand, Nigeria, the United States, the United Kingdom and Egypt, among other countries.  

The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) commemorated its 40 th  anniversary during the conference. Dr. Roberto Issler had the opportunity to personally congratulate Dr. Marina Rea, Chair of the IBFAN Brazil, for her long-standing career achievements and leadership!
IBLCE Chair Roberto Mário Issler with conference attendees   
IBLCE Chair Roberto Mário Issler discusses the IBCLC with Conference attendees
IBLCE Director of Promotion & Advancement for the Americas and Israel, Saray Hill, IBCLC meets with attendees from South America at the 3 rd  World Breastfeeding Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  
Looking to Make a Change? Seeking an IBCLC?
Check out IBLCE’s New Career Opportunity Center

IBLCE, the organisation with the largest number of lactation professionals around the globe, recently launched its Career Center for IBCLCs seeking career opportunities and employers seeking to hire IBCLCs! Since the launch, IBLCE has vetted and posted a number of varied opportunities for IBCLCs.

Are you an employer looking to hire a specialist in lactation? For a limited time only, job postings are free for the first 30 days. For more information, check out the Career Center. Please note that postings are currently limited to those positions which either require the IBCLC, or expect candidates to earn the IBCLC as a condition of employment.
Keeping You Up to Date!
Certification and Examination FAQs

A pplying for IBCLC certification? Planning to sit the IBCLC examination? In a recent update to Certification FAQs , you will find more detailed information regarding the health science courses taken through online providers, as well as other clarifications of certification requirements. Additionally, the updated Examination FAQs now contain new information regarding rescheduling examination appointments. 

IBLCE Leadership Transitions
IBLCE is delighted to announce the election of two new members to the IBLCE Board of Directors as a result of the public call for Board members communicated earlier this year. 
Agnes Wangui Kamau of Nairobi, Kenya is currently the Executive Director of Diamond Mothers Centre, a programme that promotes optimal breastfeeding practices in the second largest informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya. In her role as Executive Director, Agnes oversees programs which involve educating mothers on optimal breastfeeding practices, providing nutritional support and economically empowering pregnant and lactating mothers. Agnes received her BA in Psychology from the University States International University – Africa. Agnes is fluent in English and Kishwahili.
Annabelle Mackenzie , IBCLC of Suffolk, United Kingdom, currently contracts as a Lactation Consultant for 48th Medical Group, United States Air Force (RAF Lakenheath, UK) where she is the serving the base hospital. Annabelle has been an IBCLC since 2017 and also has a small private practice. Annabelle is fluent in English and French.

Thank you for welcoming Agnes and Annabelle to the leadership team of IBLCE!

IBLCE is also pleased to announce the new Officers for 2019 - 2020.  Norma Escobar , IBCLC, RLC from North Carolina, USA, recently transitioned into the role of Chair of the IBLCE Board after serving the past year as the Chair-Elect. Roberto Mário Issler, M.D., IBCLC of Brazil concluded his year as IBLCE Chair and now transitions into the role of Immediate Past Chair. The new Chair-Elect is Shakira Henderson , PhD, DNP, MS, MPH, RNC-NIC, IBCLC, currently with Vidant Health in Greenville, North Carolina. IBLCE’s new Treasurer is Marin Skariah , MSN, FNP-BC, RNC-MNN, IBCLC, with NYU Langone Health in New York. Christy Porucznik , PhD, MSPH of the University of Utah continues to serve as Senior Board member and Public Member for the IBLCE Board of Directors. 

IBLCE extends its sincere thanks to outgoing Board members Esmé Hough , IBCLC of South Africa and Micaela Notarangelo , Ph.D., IBCLC of Italy.

Thanks to all for their volunteer leadership and service!
This briefing is being translated and will be disseminated in all examination languages in the immediate future.
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