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DHCR issues new regulations for lactation consultants

DubaiĀ HealthĀ careĀ City Authority ā€“ Regulatory, DHCR, the regulator of Dubai Healthcare City, DHCC, recently announced the introduction of Ā the LactationĀ Consultant licensing specialty, along withĀ newĀ regulations, stipulating certiļ¬cation requirements among other licensureĀ criteria,Ā to increase specialization and diversify the healthcare talentĀ poolĀ inĀ theĀ freeĀ zone.

LactationĀ consultants provideĀ personalized assistance to mothers and their babies, assisting them through various stages of the breastfeeding process and providing practical and emotional support.

AtĀ theĀ DHCC,Ā moreĀ thanĀ 30Ā clinicalĀ facilitiesĀ oļ¬€erĀ pre-Ā and post-natal care, provided by some 200 healthcare professionals. Commenting on the introduction of the specialty, Dr. Ramadan AlBlooshi, Chief Regulatory Oļ¬€icer, DHCR, said, “Specialization enhances the continuumĀ ofĀ careĀ forĀ maternalĀ andĀ childĀ health.

By recognizing and regulating this specialty, we will ensure that certiļ¬ed and trained lactation consultants contribute to improving knowledge and supporting breastfeeding in the health sector and the community. Our licensure requirements are in line with international practices and recognize global certiļ¬cations.”

Professional qualiļ¬cation requirements for allied health professionals who apply for licensure as a lactation consultant cover two options ā€“ either a Bachelor’s Degree with proof of education (90 hours) on lactation and/or breastfeeding topics as part of an academic program, or a certiļ¬cation from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

The beneļ¬ts of Ā breastfeeding Ā are Ā well Ā documented. AccordingĀ toĀ theĀ WĀ oĀ rĀ lĀ dĀ HĀ eĀ aĀ lĀ tĀ hĀ OĀ rĀ gaĀ nĀ iĀ zatĀ iĀ oĀ nĀ , breastfeeding is recommended from birth for at least the ļ¬rst six months. For infants, beneļ¬ts are linked to the reduced risk of asthma, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, ear and respiratory infections, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.Ā ForĀ mothers,Ā breastfeedingĀ canĀ helpĀ lowerĀ the risk of hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and ovarian and breastĀ cancers.