WEBINAR - What the IBCLC needs to know about the Infant Feeding in Emergencies Operational Guidance

Recorded On: 06/19/2018

What the IBCLC needs to know about the Infant Feeding in Emergencies Operational Guidance

Breastfeeding is critical to preserving life in disasters, protecting the most vulnerable in multiple ways. The role of the IBCLC in protecting and supporting breastfeeding as well as mitigating the risks to non-breastfed infants and their parents is central to children surviving and thriving through emergencies of all kinds. In this session, we will review how the global Operational Guidance on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies can inform the practice of IBCLCs across functional areas in emergency response.

Credit: 1 L CERP and 1 Contact Hour

Source: ILCA Webinar 19 June 2018

Presented by: Michelle Pensa Branco, MPH, IBCLC and Jodine Chase

Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of the Ops Guidance and the concept of a cross-cutting issue.
  • List which products categories are prohibited as donations.
  • Name two common illnesses that are increased in both emergencies and non-breastfed children generally.

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.

CDR: The CDR accepts hours without prior CDR approval and recognizes approval by the ANCC. When recording hours on the CDR Activity Log, indicate the provider as "ILCA (ANCC)."

Michelle Pensa Branco


Michelle Pensa Branco MPH IBCLC is a lactation consultant and public health advocate. In addition to her clinical practice, which has included both in-hospital, outpatient and private practice settings, she advocates for improved maternal-child health practices at the local, national and global level. She has a particular interest in the impact of trauma to breastfeeding families, models of peer support to improve breastfeeding outcomes and the application of health communication principles to the promotion and protection of breastfeeding. Michelle serves as the Director of Peer Support Programs and provides clinical lactation expertise for Nurture Project International, the only international NGO focused exclusively on infant feeding in emergencies. With Jodine Chase, she co-founded a Canadian non-profit organization, SafelyFed Canada. A La Leche League Canada (LLLC) Leader since 2007, Michelle is currently Vice-Chair of the LLLC Board with a focus on external relations.  She is also an active member of the Ontario Public Health Association’s Breastfeeding Promotion Working Group and serves on the communication team of the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada. Michelle has previously served as the Communications Director for the Canadian Lactation Consultants Association as well as the Toronto Coordinator of INFACT Canada. When she is not travelling for work, Michelle stays close to home, living with her family just outside Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Jodine Chase

Jodine Chase is a public relations and communications consultant specializing in issues and crisis management news analysis. She is currently enroled in a Master of Arts program at Royal Roads, specializing in Intercultural and International Communication and Disaster and Emergency Management. Along with co-lead Michelle Pensa Branco, MPH, IBCLC, Jodine founded SafelyFed Canada, which is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the protection of infants and young children in emergency through safe and appropriate feeding. SafelyFed Canada advocates for improved infant feeding policy federally, provincially and locally, designs and delivers training and co-ordinates direct aid to families in emergencies through our staff, volunteers and partner organizations.


06/19/2018 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
06/19/2018 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
7 Questions
1.00 L CERP credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 L CERP credit  |  Certificate available