CONF 2019 The Role of Lactation Consultants in the Code

Recorded On: 07/25/2019

The Role of Lactation Consultants in the Code

In this session, Laurence Grummer-Strawn, MPA, MA, PhD presents on how the promotion of breast-milk substitutes, particularly through the health care system, is a significant barrier to optimal infant and young child feeding.  The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes lays out responsibilities for health workers and health systems in protecting breastfeeding. The 2016 WHA resolution 69.9 extended these responsibilities further, focusing on avoiding conflicts of interest in relationships with manufacturers and distributers of breast-milk substitutes. As health professionals focusing on breastfeeding, lactation consultants have a special role to play in advocating for the Code and educating their health care partners on their responsibilities under the Code. Lactation consultants are in a unique position to identify Code violations through their interactions with mothers and in observing health care institutions. WHO and UNICEF have developed a toolkit on Code monitoring that can assist countries in working with lactation consultants in enforcing national laws on the marketing of breast-milk substitutes.

Credit: 1 L CERP and 1 Contact Hour

Source: ILCA Conference July, 2019 - Atlanta, Georgia, US

Presented by: Laurence Grummer-Strawn, MPA, MA, PhD

Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

List at least three responsibilities of health care providers in limiting the promotion of breast-milk substitutes.

Identify tools available for educating health care providers about the Code.

Describe potential mechanisms for monitoring implementation of the Code.

Learning Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Disclosures: ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any product(s) or provider(s) of any services relating to the subject matter of this presentation unless otherwise stated below.

CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).

ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

Laurence M. Grummer-Strawn


Laurence Grummer-Strawn is the coordinator of infant and young child feeding at the World Health Organization.  Until December 2014, he served as chief of the Nutrition Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Having earned his PhD from Princeton University, he worked at CDC for over 23 years, in the areas of Reproductive Health and Nutrition.  He is an epidemiologist who has published over 150 scientific publications.  He is recognized internationally for his work on vitamin and mineral deficiencies, breastfeeding policy, and development of both the CDC and the WHO Growth Charts.  Dr. Grummer-Strawn was the scientific editor of the US Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Breastfeeding.  He created the CDC Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions, CDC’s collection of breastfeeding data in the National Immunization Survey, the State Breastfeeding Report Card, the CDC survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC).  At WHO, Dr. Grummer-Strawn leads the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, the Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, and the Global Breastfeeding Collective.


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1.00 L CERP credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 L CERP credit  |  Certificate available