WHO Code Reaches 35th Anniversary

WHO,Code.16This Saturday, May 21st marks the 35th anniversary of the WHO Code.

The Code is an important part of creating an overall environment that enables mothers to make the best possible feeding choice, based on impartial information and free of commercial influences, and to be fully supported in doing so. (WHO Code Frequently Asked Questions, 2008)

ALCI, as part of its goals, supports the full implementation of the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes (The WHO Code) and subsequent resolutions of the World Health Assembly. Furthermore, the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) require all IBCLCs to adhere to the WHO Code:

A crucial part of an IBCLC’s duty to protect mothers and children is adherence to the principles and aim of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent relevant World Health Assembly’s resolutions. Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs

As part of the WHO Code Day of Action, ALCI are pleased to join IBFAN Ireland in an effort to raise awareness and to protect families from the irresponsible marketing of breastmilk substitutes that have the potential to seriously undermine the health of infants, mothers and communities.

Please join IBFAN Ireland’s WHO Code Day of Action.

Further information about the event and how you can get involved can be found here.

ILCA Appoints Irish Director to Board

Tgerfinalhe International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) today announced the appointment of Geraldine Cahill IBCLC BA Dip.Ed to the ILCA Board of Directors.

The membership-elected position is a fantastic achievement for the West Cork based International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Learning of her successful appointment, Geraldine said:

I am really happy to have gained the confidence of the membership by being voted on to the Board of Directors. I am looking forward to being a voice for the other IBCLCs in Europe and beyond so that the organisation that represents IBCLCs worldwide can meet the needs of this growing profession. I will be working towards increasing awareness and recognition of the important role that IBCLCs fulfill as part of the healthcare team and I will helping to increase efforts to have the IBCLC qualification recognised as the gold standard of breastfeeding care for all mothers.

Working as a voluntary Breastfeeding Counsellor with Cuidiú since 1993 and as a Breastfeeding Counsellor tutor since 2000, Geraldine is passionate about advancing breastfeeding support and education in Ireland. She assumed the role of Cuidiú President from 2009 to 2014.

In her professional career, Geraldine’s leadership abilities and experience have been recognised internationally. Most recently, in 2014, she was awarded the WABA-ILCA Fellowship and spent 6 weeks in Penang, Malaysia on breastfeeding outreach and advocacy projects.

Geraldine has served on the National Breastfeeding Strategy and Implementation Committee since 2007 and on various ILCA commmittees since 2008.

Following the election, ILCA said:

We look forward to working with [Geraldine] to continue ILCA’s mission to advance the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research.