Join us for our IGNITE ILCA Global Study Day, a virtual online education event that crosses the time zones of the world over 23-24 July 2024. The ILCA Board has planned this initiative in place of an in-person conference this year.

IGNITE stands for Insight, Growth, Networking, Information, Tools, Education. Wherever you are, tune in for the latest insights tailored for lactation professionals worldwide.

All content will be available for viewing through October 24, 2024. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with your receipt.  All Study Day details will be emailed the weeks prior to the event.

This event will have a minimum of 12.75 CERPs.


Earlybird rates end Friday, June 14, 2024. Learn more about Country Categories here.

Featured Sessions:

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The Breastfeeding Paradox: Evolving Science, Competing Values, and Conflicting Interests
(IBCLC Content Categories V, VII) E-CERP

Dr. Nigel Rollins, MD

Despite high quality evidence that breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition and is associated with lifelong health benefits, less than half of all young children are breastfed as recommended by WHO. It is clear that at all levels – political, health system, work, societal and family – mothers do not receive the support necessary to enable breastfeeding for 24 months or longer. This is due to conflicting priorities including commercial interests that disrupt and distort the health environment where decisions are taken, and consequent lack of investment.

Cannabis and Human Milk
(IBCLC Content Categories IV, VII) L-CERP

Dr. Kaytlin Krutsch, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Dr. Thomas Hale, R.Ph., Ph.D

Join us for an insightful presentation on the historical and contemporary use of cannabis, a plant that has been utilized for over 6,000 years. Emerging data suggests that cannabis could be associated with cognitive, behavioral, and neuropsychiatric deficits in offspring, although definitive conclusions have yet to be established. But what is the real risk for a breastfed infant? This presentation will delve into the complexities of cannabis use among lactating parents. Discover the latest research and engage in a critical discussion on the implications of cannabis use for maternal and infant health.

Making it Work: Practical Ways to Extend Lactation Support to Hospital Employees
(IBCLC Content Categories V, VI, VII) L-CERP

Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC
Kathryn Pollack-Hinds, MPH

Hospitals are key employers in many communities, with staff serving in many diverse roles, from hourly workers in lower-wage positions to professional staff who may have little autonomy due to patient care responsibilities. In the U.S., despite Federal laws giving breast/chest feeding workers the right to express milk in privacy, implementing protections in the hospital setting can be challenging. This session examines the results of a survey of hospitals identifying challenges and current practices as part of the Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices (CHAMPS) initiative, Mississippi WINS (Workplaces Implementing Nursing Support). It offers practical solutions to address identified barriers, and step-by-step solutions to implementing workplace supports in the hospital setting. It also reviews CHAMPS resources for hospital lactation support in the workplace, freely available to the public.

Infant Food Allergies and Breastfeeding
(IBCLC Content Categories I,V,VII) L-CERP

Dr. Anne Eglash, MD, NABBLM-C, FABM, IBCLC

Lactating parents often wonder how their diet affects their infant’s health. Join us for a session on how the parental diet affects the risk of childhood allergies and a review of common syndromes that occur due to food proteins in breastmilk.

Management of Mastitis
(IBCLC Content Categories III, VI,VII) L-CERP

Professor Lisa Amir, MBBS MMed PhD IBCLC

Mastitis is a common problem for breastfeeding women, yet there has been little research on management of this condition in humans. Management around the world is quite varied and current guidelines are primarily based on clinician opinions. This presentation will discuss the quality of evidence for various management strategies.

Breastfeeding Without Birthing: Opportunities and Challenges
(IBCLC Content Categories II, VI, VII) L-CERP

Dr. Zinal Unadkat, MBBS,DCH, IBCLC

Parents who cannot conceive or are planning to adopt, often wonder whether they can breastfeed their baby. Induced lactation answers this challenge. Join us for a session on how you can breastfeed without birthing and to understand the feasibility, efficacy, and societal implications of induced lactation.

Cultural Dimensions in Promoting, Protecting, and Supporting Lactation in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Communities
(IBCLC Content Categories V & VII) L-CERP

Ruta Lauleva Lua’iufi Aiono, CLS
Tonya Lang, MPH, CHES, IBCLC
Grace Renee Yee, BA, IBCLC (Retired)

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) is an umbrella term used to describe many different cultures and distinct languages that represent almost half the globe. However, the unique needs and characteristics of AANHPI subgroups are often masked by disaggregated data. This presentation will describe the diversity within AANHPI communities, including cultural practices that are supportive of lactation, to help lactation support providers improve and tailor breastfeeding support for all AANHPI communities.

Severe Medical Conditions of the Mother in the Early Postpartum Period – What an IBCLC Needs To Know
(IBCLC Content Categories III,VII) L-CERP

Dr. Alexandra Glass, IBCLC

Lactation consultants see women in different situations after giving birth. It is therefore important for them to know not only about breastfeeding advice, but also about the general medical particularities of this important time. There are a number of medical emergencies that can occur during the postpartum period. This presentation is intended to help the listener to be aware of these maternal conditions, recognize them when they occur and take the necessary next steps.

Infant Feeding in Emergencies: Complex responses and the International Code
(IBCLC Content Categories II,VII) E-CERP

Helen Gray, MPhil IBCLC

The needs of infants and young children are urgent, but often overlooked in emergency planning. Learn more about how to support families with feeding their little ones in complex circumstances, underpinned by global guidance and the International Code.

An Exploration of Breast Hypoplasia as a Reason for Low Milk Production
(IBCLC Content Categories I,II,III, IV, VI, VII) L- CERP

Renee Kam, BPhysio

This presentation will assist lactation professionals to identify features suggestive of breast hypoplasia and feel more confident supporting women with breast hypoplasia.

Breastfeeding and Herbal Supplements: Why Do We Still Not Have Answers?
(IBCLC Content Categories III, IV, VI, VII) L-CERP

Dr. Kaytlin Krutsch, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Herbal supplements are widely used by lactating women to modulate their health: increasing/decreasing milk supply, preventing clogged ducts, and much more. Sometimes, there is supporting data…and many times, there is not. Why don’t we have more information on these commonly used supplements?

“Do I Really Need To Express Eight Times a Day?” Presenting Evidence From a Cohort of Mothers Expressing Milk After Giving Birth Very Prematurely
(IBCLC Content Categories I, III, VI, VII) L-CERP

Dr. Ilana Levene, BM BCh MRCPCH DPhil- 1

This presentation will discuss evidence on the relationship between expressing patterns (frequency, timing, duration, and gaps) and lactation outcomes such as milk quantity and breastfeeding duration, using a cohort of parents exclusively expressing after having given birth at less than 32 weeks of pregnancy as an example.

Should We Recommend Relaxation Practices To Lactating Mothers? Presenting the Results of a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
(IBCLC Content Categories II, VI, VII) L-CERP

Dr. Ilana Levene, BM BCh MRCPCH DPhil- 1

This presentation will examine the evidence for the impact of relaxation interventions (targeted at the lactating parent) on lactation outcomes such as milk quantity, breastfeeding duration, and milk constituents. Data comes from a systematic review and meta-analysis carried out by the presenter.

Our IGNITE Global Study Day graphic of a flame in a lightbulb with light radiating embodies the spark of creativity and ingenuity that drives us forward, while the lightbulb signifies the generation of new insights. The radiating light rays represent our aspiration to reach and impact communities globally, transcending geographical boundaries to create a more interconnected world of skilled lactation care providers.

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