GOLD Lactation Conference News

This week, breastfeeding advocate Barbara Wilson-Clay reminded her colleagues from around the world that in helping promote breastfeeding, they are powerful change agents. She described how when she started advocating breastfeeding early in her career, she and her colleagues were mocked by people calling out, “here come the boob ladies!”  Now, she says, breastfeeding advocates are much more respected. 
 
Barbara shared her courage in an enlightened presentation on May 4. Her talk was the closing keynote for the 10th Annual GOLD Lactation Conference, and made available for free to anyone interested in learning more about promoting breastfeeding in difficult situations. After hearing her talk, people felt inspired and took home tangible ways of how they can best promote breastfeeding in emergency and everyday situations alike, no matter where they are in the world. Some participants of the Live talk commented that they are still called Boob Ladies, and they are proud of it.
 
Barbara Wilson-Clay set out straight facts about breastfeeding in her dynamic presentation, and busted some myths. With plenty of evidence, Barbara proved that time and time again, breastfeeding is the proven best source of nutrition for a baby, especially in crisis times. Contrary to myth, stress does not affect a mother’s milk supply, which means that emergency situation or not, breastmilk is best. Busting another myth, Barbara emphasized that the composition of breastmilk is the same for all mothers — mothers in poor and rich countries alike, and regardless of nutritional intake and circumstance of the mother.
 
Barbara encouraged breastfeeding consultants to promote breastfeeding in their communities by going to any meeting that would affect breastfeeding, and speak their truth to encourage breastfeeding to be promoted. No invite needed, just truly caring about the subject and being able to offer insight into the best nutrition for the baby.
 
Barbara’s contagious courage was shared with more than 300 Live attendees, who eagerly chatted amongst each other in the GOLD online chat and on Twitter (hashtag #GOLDLactation2016), sharing their own experiences in their local areas all around the world. A tragic coincidence was that as Barbara was presenting, wildfires were impacting more than 80,000 people in Alberta, home to GOLD MC Fiona Lang-Sharpe, and where two babies were born during evacuation. This coincidence only underlines the relevant impact that GOLD presentations have on the everyday life and work of GOLD participants around the world.   
 
This presentation is available to the public until May 15, and will be viewed by more than 2000 lactation consultants and practitioners in the lactation field as part of the largest breastfeeding conference in the world. All people, especially Boob Ladies, are welcome to click here to access Barbara’s informative talk about how to promote breastfeeding in emergency situations.

See below for a few snippets of online discussion about this talk, and click on them to view more: