Inclusive IBCLC Care Includes Formula
(It's Not Poison)
Formula feeding families deserve to have access to skilled and compassionate infant feeding care, just as much as breast/chest/bodyfeeding families. IBCLCs need to actively listen to and understand the families they are working with, and work on their bias against anything that isn’t the feeding of human milk. It is imperative that IBCLCs realize that their explicit and implicit bias against having a solid knowledge base regarding infant formula can cause harm, especially to already oppressed communities. We can teach about artificial infant milk and the safe preparation of formula and still be WHO Code Compliant. We can help our clients feed their babies formula and still promote, support, and protect human lactation as the biological norm. It is our job as infant feeding experts to be able to guide our clients with information regarding choosing an appropriate formula, preparing that formula safely, and how to best feed it to their baby.