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Clare Meynell, RM (rtd), IBCLC

Helen Gray, MPhil, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2016
  • Country: United Kingdom

Clare is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Retired Midwife living in West Sussex and has been supporting mothers since 1996. She is mother to two daughters and a son and grandmother to 4 girls and 2 boys. Her background in midwifery and infant feeding lead her to instigate and facilitate the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in her local hospital which held the gold award for 10 years. Clare attended the first World Breastfeeding Conference in India in 2012 and the first European WBTi training in Geneva in May 2015. She is a La Leche League administrator and has facilitated many peer support trainings. Clare held various roles on the committee of the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB), including the chair and is currently Joint Coordinator of the UK Working Group for the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) . Clare also volunteers at a local twins group and also runs her own private practice Honeysuckle Cafe.

Helen Gray MPhil IBCLC is a board certified lactation consultant in London, UK. She provides workshops for lactation professionals and has a private practice as an IBCLC, as well as leading a local La Leche League mother support group. Her background in anthropology and human evolution has given her a particular interest in breastfeeding, and the way we mother our babies, also how they are influenced by both human biology and culture. She is joint Coordinator of the UK Working Group of the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi), and serves on the national committee of Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB). She is also part of the LCGB Social Media team, and represents La Leche League GB on the Baby Feeding Law Group, which works to implement the WHO Code into UK and European law. She is actively involved with her local maternity services to improve mothers’ experiences.

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Galvanising Effective Action on the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding: The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi)
Research has shown that breastfeeding rates improve when a country implements a full range of strategies from the WHO Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative WBTi builds a coalition of organizations working in infant feeding to assess the implementation of key policies from the Global Strategy and generate recommendations for action. The WBTi focuses on key indicators across the life course of breastfeeding. For breastfeeding to be successful, mothers and families need a network of support along the whole course of breastfeeding, starting with giving birth in a Baby Friendly Hospital, then going home to find skilled local support from midwives, physicians, community health care, and mother support groups throughout their communities. Breastfeeding women need maternity protection and breastfeeding/expressing breaks when they return to work. Accurate information about breastfeeding, without marketing pressure from manufacturers, is needed throughout society and from health professionals.