Congratulations to Sharon Prindle-Collins and Carol Dyck on their Upcoming Retirement

We would like to acknowledge two BCLCA members that are retiring in the New Year: Sharon Prindle-Collins and Carol Dyck.  These amazing women have been leaders in Fraser Health and in the community for the promotion and protection of breastfeeding.  Together they have mentored many health care providers, students and community partners, going above and beyond to share their expertise and knowledge with others.  Many times they are behind the scenes affecting positive change at many levels.  Their practice is always evidence based, ensuring families get the best care possible.  Often they work tirelessly, getting things done on the side of their desk or during their personal time because their passion far exceeds the resources allocated. 

Sharon and Carol, you are caring and gentle souls that have touched and provided compassionate care to many mothers and babies throughout the years.  Your passion has been an inspiration to many of the colleagues that have had the privilege of working with you.  We wish you many wonderful adventures as you enter retirement. 

Baby Box (Bed) Programs - December 15, 2017

At BCLCA, all members are committed to promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding and our experience with families tells us that breastfeeding is intertwined with and influenced by nighttime parenting and sleep.  Thus, the recent attention that baby boxes are getting has led to both parents and members to ask for more information on the issue.  In response, we have prepared 2 documents:

1. An infographic of things that parents might consider.  Additionally, practitioners will find that this can be used as a guide for conversation in counselling families. 

2. A more in-depth Information brief on the issue for use in conversations with other health care providers and health care organizations. 

Scholarship Opportunity - August 17, 2017

The Emerging Leaders in Lactation (ELL) Scholarship was established by MILCC in the spirit of fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion among the community of International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) candidates and future leaders. IBCLC candidates that demonstrate leadership potential, belong to a group historically underrepresented in the profession and its leadership, and who may otherwise be unable to pursue their IBCLC credential are offered the opportunity for financial assistance through the ELL Scholarship fund. Globally, individuals from less developed countries also fall within the category of historically underrepresented groups.

For more information go to:

Deadline: September 15, 2017

For Immediate Release – British Columbia Lactation Consultant Association – January 19, 2017

First and foremost:   our deepest condolences to Mr. Chen on the loss of his wife and to Florence Leung’s son on the loss of his mother.  We imagine the pain of discussing such a deeply personal loss and recognize the courage of Mr. Chen for doing so in the hopes a having a dialogue for change.

Breastfeeding and birth represent a developmentally vulnerable time of transition for the mother and baby, one that is deserving of protection and support (UNICEF, 2008), whether that is for perinatal depression or infant feeding assistance.  British Columbia Lactation Consultants Association and many other professional organizations recognize that breastfeeding is an important health behavior that has lifelong benefits for both mother and baby (Canadian Pediatric Society, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Dietitians of Canada, 2012).  We agree with Mr. Chen that mothers who give formula are not bad mothers and shaming mothers who do not breastfeed is not a strategy the BCLCA endorses under any circumstances.  As an organization, we support access to services that are tailored to the unique needs of each mother-baby pair as determined by collaborating with a knowledgeable healthcare provider starting in the prenatal period.  Without knowing the details of care that Ms. Leung received, it has been our observation that there has been an erosion of universal support for mothers undertaking this critical transition and increased difficulty obtaining specialized services, such as those of an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant or mental health professional, in a timely and family-focused manner.  Therefore, we call on our provincial government to commit to the revitalization of appropriate, acceptable, and accessible services for young families and timely access to more specialized help so that no family ever experiences such a deep and resonating loss as have Mr. Chen and his son.


UNICEF (2008).  Women’s and Children’s Rights in a Human Rights Based Approach to Development:  A Working Paper.  Retrieved from:

Health Canada (2012). Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants: Recommendations from Birth to Six Months.    Retrieved from:

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