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Cultural Competence or Cultural Humility? A Roadmap for Lactation Specialists

by Cynthia Good, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, CATSM
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 E-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Learning Ethics Pack

Culture is an integral part of all encounters with breastfeeding families—whether the lactation specialist’s and the family’s cultural backgrounds are similar or dissimilar. Cultural competence is explicitly or implicitly mandated or recommended in codes of ethics, position statements, and legislation related to a variety of fields, including those that involve the provision of breastfeeding support. For example, IBCLCs are ethically required to provide culturally appropriate care. In spite of the mandate for cultural competence, there is a dearth of information in the field of breastfeeding support regarding its development. This session reviews the ethical call for the development of cultural competence. Five areas of cultural competence—including cultural awareness, knowledge, skill, encounters, and desire—are presented and contrasted with cultural humility. This session also offers 10 “guideposts” for lactation specialists to explore on the non-linear, lifelong, transformative journey of cultural humility.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1:Define cultural competence and cultural humility.

Objective 2: Compare and contrast cultural awareness, cultural knowledge, cultural skills, cultural encounters, and cultural desire.

Objective 3: List three guideposts for the journey of developing cultural humility.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks