Partners in Breastfeeding Program
Partners in Breastfeeding is a program that joins ABA with other mother-support organisations through shared goals. As Partners in Breastfeeding we work together to:
- empower women to breastfeed successfully
- protect, promote and support breastfeeding
- create community awareness of the importance and value of breastfeeding and breastmilk.
The Alola Foundation, which supports mothers and children in East Timor, is our first partner organisation. We were delighted to be able to provide promotion and support for Alola’s MILK event during World Breastfeeding Week in 2011 and we hope that our relationship will be a strong and lasting one that benefits mothers in both countries.
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE)
IBLCE is the independent, international certification body which confers the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant credential.
ABA/IBLCE Consensus Statement (February 2002):
The Australian Breastfeeding Association (formerly the Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia) has been involved from the inception of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) because it recognised that some of the problems mothers experienced were beyond the scope of practice of the ABA counsellor. This credential was seen as providing a career option and professional recognition for those ABA counsellors who wanted to specialise in clinical lactation, ensuring their ongoing education as they built evidenced-based practice.
Similarly, the IBLCE recognises the value of the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) counsellors in providing the mother-to-mother support essential to widespread breastfeeding success in a contemporary setting. The IBLCE recognises that mother-to-mother support is the foundation on which rests the community based public health programs in educating the public about the value of breastfeeding, advocating for breastfeeding babies, helping mothers and their families understand the normal course of breastfeeding and thereby empowering women to breastfeed.
The IBLCE recognises that the role of ABA counsellors is different from that of the IBCLC. The ABA counsellor provides ongoing support and information that is necessary to improve lactation outcomes. IBCLCs provide another layer of support and information, working cooperatively as members of the health care team by offering skilled crisis intervention and non-medical problem solving which the ABA counsellor may not wish to provide. The roles of the two designations are not duplicative but rather integrative and complementary, and mutual referrals provide optimum benefit to the mother-baby dyad.