ILCA and USLCA Joint Statement in Support of the World Health Organization

The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) stand firmly in support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and their critical work helping “mothers and children survive and thrive,” particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.The care plans and policies that are established during COVID-19 for the care of new families are essential to the wellbeing of parents and babies, now and throughout the life course of the family.

ILCA and USLCA offer deep appreciation and support for WHO’s significant efforts to provide evidence-based research, guidance, and support to individuals, organizations, and countries to guide those decisions.

Their guidelines provide much needed support for keeping breastfeeding and chestfeeding parents and infants together, and offer recommendations to safely breastfeed; they also provide information on protecting milk production and providing human milk to babies if there is separation.

This role is critical across the entire globe, as breastfeeding and chestfeeding is demonstrated to save lives, reduce burdens on the health care system, and increase food security now and into the future. These protections for families — which are felt regardless of the economic development status of the country — are critical now more than ever. WHO’s work in supporting these aims is indispensable.

ILCA and USLCA strongly urge the United States, and all countries, to continue their funding to the World Health Organization, especially at this critical time.

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