Leadership Skills in Lactation: Make Extraordinary Things Happen

Breastfeeding challenges go beyond latching and positioning. To effectively support breastfeeding/chestfeeding families, lactation advocates need to also support the community. Breastfeeding advocacy is about building systems and consistently leading cultural changes to more deeply reinforce human feeding as the norm. When lactation leaders are able to align values and beliefs with actions and strategies to promote breastfeeding as part of whole community, change can happen from the inside out through public health strategy.

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Paulina Erices, BS, IBCLC, RLC
Leadership Skills in Lactation: Make extraordinary things happen
USA Paulina Erices, BS, IBCLC, RLC

Paulina Erices is the mother of three children, a bilingual Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice and Maternal Child Health Specialist for the Jefferson County Health Department in Colorado. She is originally from Chile and has lived in the US for almost 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from PennState and is currently completing her Masters of Science in Leadership and Organizations from the University of Denver. She has been a La Leche League Leader for 12 years where she has held different mother and Leader support roles across the US. She is a member of several groups working to improve child health and well-being, including the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership, the NICU Consortium, and the Community Leaders in Health Equity. Paulina's goal is to elevate and empower the voices of the community to effectively improve systems of care through advocacy and policy. Paulina lives in Littleton, Colorado where she spends her free time birding with her family and training her dog Aussie.

Objective 1: List 2 strategies to align values with goals;

Objective 2: Develop a strengths/ appreciative inquiry approach to collaboration;

Objective 3: List 2 strategies to manage energy instead of time;

Objective 4: Learn about the five practices of exemplary leaders, as described by Kouzes and Posner (2012)

USA Paulina Erices, BS, IBCLC, RLC

Many of us come to work in breastfeeding envisioning a world where mothers and babies can breastfeed without barriers; however, we quickly learn that breastfeeding challenges go beyond latching and positioning.

To effectively support a breastfeeding/chestfeeding family, we have to support the parents, the extended family, the primary care provider, the workplace culture, the childcare, and the community; in summary, supporting one dyad can be an intervention to the whole social system. Indeed, breastfeeding advocacy is about building systems and consistently leading cultural changes to more deeply reinforce human feeding as the norm.

Kouzes and Posner (2012) state: “if you want to have a significant impact on people, on organizations, and oncommunities, you’d be wise to invest in learning the behaviors that enable you to become the very best leader you can.” With that in mind, lactation consultants and lactation advocates would benefit by learning leadership behaviors and skills that will support their efforts towards cultural change, inspire shared visions, challenge processes, becoming strategic advisors, and leading from the inside out.

Lactation leaders would benefit by being able to align values and beliefs with actions and strategies to promote breastfeeding as part of whole community development and as a public health strategy. In that way, lactation has a presence in early childhood initiatives, maternal and infant health, mental health programs, and any health, social, educational intervention. Want to normalize lactation? Join this interactive session and become the leader who can make extraordinary lactation things happen in your community.

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