Lactation Matters

2017 JHL New Features: Lactation Newsmakers and About Research

Following a year of “listening and learning,” Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) Editor in Chief, Joan E. Dodgson, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN has made new additions to JHL, with the goal of providing content that best meets the needs of the JHL’s reader community.

Two new feature columns, Lactation Newsmakers and About Research, will appear in each new issue of JHL.

The Lactation Newsmakers column will present interviews with individuals doing exemplary work worldwide, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. In addition to highlighting the wealth of knowledge and experience in the larger community of lactation professionals, JHL hopes this column will help stimulate new ideas and projects in local communities and/or agencies.

ILCA members can use their free JHL access to read the first interview, conducted by Dr. Kathleen Marinelli (JHL Associate Editor) with Dr. Cesar Victoro of Brazil, a global leader in promoting and protecting breastfeeding in ways that affect clinical practice daily.

The About Research column was added in direct response to needs expressed by the JHL reader community, many of whom are not researchers. The feature is designed to foster greater understanding of the specific types of research published in the journal. It will highlight the diversity of research methods in the field of lactation research and its various disciplines, while providing information about how to determine scientific rigor and quality in the research process, written specifically to address the needs of non-researchers.

For example, the February edition of JHL features four literature reviews, each with slightly different methodologies. The About Research column “focuses on various types of literature reviews and what constitutes rigor and quality in each,” as described by Dodgson in her editorial What’s New This Year? ILCA members can access this editorial, the literature reviews and the About Research column HERE.

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2017 IBCLC Care Award Applications: Now Open

Let potential clients know that your Hospital-Based Facility or Community-Based Agency recognizes the role of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) in protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding by applying for the IBCLC Care Award.

The IBCLC Care Awards are promoted  to new families and the general public, which means your facility can enjoy the benefits of positive public relations in your community, including:

  • Enhanced attractiveness to potential patients
  • Competitive edge in recruiting lactation consultants, nurses, midwives, mother support counselors, and other medical staff
  • General goodwill in the community by providing excellent care in helping new families reach their breastfeeding goals

Visit the IBCLC Care Directory to see which Hospital-Based Facilities are already benefiting from the IBCLC Care Award program!

Hospital-Based Facilities and Community-Based Health Agencies that staff currently certified IBCLCs can apply online to become a recognized IBCLC Care Award facility. Learn more about the qualifications, and complete the online application here.

Applications will be accepted through 17 February 2017.

The award was created by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®). Learn more and apply here.

ILCA Global Collaboration Committee: Bridging and Linking for Global Lactation Outcomes

Around the globe, communities are developing and implementing strategies that are impacting breastfeeding outcomes. If these efforts—and those of the international lactation advocacy community—were linked together, the result could be much more powerful than the sum of its parts. The ILCA Global Collaboration Committee was created out of the belief that collaboration is essential to achieving our goals, and that cross-cultural awareness, openness, and engagement are essential elements to those efforts.

This new Advisory Committee, created by the ILCA Board of Directors, will work toward breaking down barriers to global collaboration—including US centrism—and identify opportunities to support bridging and linking between the powerful work happening around the world.

The committee will be responsible for overseeing the execution of ILCA’s global collaboration strategies. The committee will serve as a network responsible for recommending strategies for ILCA to support regional efforts and the global lactation community. Additionally, the committee will become the focal point for overseeing and expanding the Global Partner Program, presently including 21 Global Partners.

An executive team, comprised of representatives from each of the six WHO-like regional teams, will be responsible for fostering collaboration among the global activities of each of the regional teams. This streamlined structure helps avoid siloing of global activities while expanding our capacity and capability to focus global collaboration activities. Another important advantage is the potential for expanding our sensitivity, awareness, and efforts toward geographic diversity.

Candidates from around the globe, who are alert to regional and cross-cultural differences as they occur within the global breastfeeding community, are being sought for this important effort. If you are interested in representing your region in forging a new path for global collaboration within the global lactation community, you are encouraged to visit here to review the Global Collaboration Committee Profile and to complete an ILCA Volunteer Application.

Introducing the New ILCA Style Guidelines for Written Professional Resources

Breast milk or human milk? Skin-to-skin or skin to skin? To guide the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) in its usage of common terms in our profession, ILCA’s Professional Resources Committee originally developed the ILCA Style Guidelines for Written Professional Resources in 2015. This document was produced to guide the development of ILCA’s professional materials (though others in the field of lactation may wish to adopt the Preferred Usage section for their written materials). These guidelines have recently undergone an update, including a change in the preferred style guide and efforts to better align with ILCA’s Core Values of Diversity and Equity.

Style Guide Conversion

Among the changes that Joan E. Dodgson, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN made when she took on the mantel of Editor-in-Chief at the Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) was a broadening of the journal’s content to address humanities and social science research in addition to health science research. With that expansion came a change in the JHL style guidelines from the American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), Sixth Edition.

The International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) also made the decision to convert its style guidelines from AMA format to APA format. But that is not the only change to ILCA’s style standards.

Aligning with ILCA’s Core Values of Diversity and Equity

The new ILCA Style Guidelines for Written Professional Resources is now a dynamic document that will be updated periodically as part of ILCA’s implementation of the Strategic Map. This implementation includes increasingly manifesting our Core Values of Diversity and Equity. Valuing diversity here at ILCA means that “we foster an inclusive environment that supports leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research from varied perspectives.” And valuing equity means that “we support global access to skilled lactation care and the IBCLC profession.”

As an international organization, our members, colleagues, and Global Partners represent a variety of social groups, countries, and languages, including different versions of English. As English is the primary language used for ILCA publications, this update of the ILCA Style Guidelines for Written Professional Resources addresses the different spelling of words that are specific to British English versus U.S. English:

When sole authors submit a document for publication by ILCA, their use of spellings specific to either British English or U.S. English will be maintained. Prior to jointly submitting a co-authored document for publication by ILCA, co-authors must gain consensus on whether spellings specific to either British English or U.S. English will be used; their consensus will be maintained when the document is published by ILCA.

And, in recognition of the diversity in gender identity around the world, this style update also begins incorporating gender inclusive language. The vast majority of lactation-related literature refers to mothers breastfeeding, without using language which acknowledges that transgender fathers and genderqueer parents may breastfeed, chestfeed, or lactate. As Alice Farrow stated in their JHL article Lactation Support in the LGBTQ Community, “Cisnormativity is manifested in institutional erasure and practices that ‘exclude or ignore the possibility of providing service to trans clients, such as the predominant use, within the lactation profession, of female gendered language when referring to breastfeeding parents.” So, the ILCA Style Guidelines for Written Professional Resources seeks to end this erasure in ILCA publications by including Preferred Usage entries such as:

breastfeeding (not “nursing,” when referring solely to a breastfeeding mother or a parent of any gender who prefers this term)

breastfeeding/chestfeeding (preferred over “breastfeeding” when referring to parents of any gender directly feeding at the breast/chest)

breast milk (two words); use of “human milk” is preferred; “mother’s own milk,” “father’s own milk,” “parent’s own milk,” or “expressed milk” may be used

chestfeeding (not chest-feeding)

father (not an informal alternative such as “dad,” “da,” or “papa”)

father–infant or father–infant dyad, with a dash (not “father–baby”)

The new ILCA Style Guidelines for Written Professional Resources are the result of collaborative editing by Kathleen Marinelli, ILCA Director, Cynthia Good Mojab, ILCA Education Manager, and Brit Stamey, Client Manager and Senior Copy Editor with J&J Editorial, LLC. Review was provided by the ILCA Professional Development Committee and the Equity Committee. The ILCA Board of Directors approved the guidelines in December 2016. As we increasingly address issues of diversity and equity in all that we do, we welcome your feedback.

Top 10 JHL Posts

On topics ranging from the impact of perinatal mood disorders to lactation duration to therapeutic breast massage to substance use and breastfeeding, our community tapped into the top-accessed resources of Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) more than 23,000 times last year.

As we wrap up 2016, we compiled this list of the year’s top ten most accessed JHL content. Planning on using research to guide your practice next year? Now is the time to join or renew your membership to ensure a full year’s access to next year’s new content. Once you join or renew, you will also have online,on-demand searchable access to the full database of JHL research to find the evidence you need.

#10 Breastfeeding among Mothers on Opioid Maintenance Treatment: A Literature Review

Lillian C. Tsai, RN, MS, IBCLC and Therese Jung DoanRN, PhD

#9 Labor Epidural Analgesia and Breastfeeding: A Systematic Review

Cynthia A. French, MS, PhD, CRNA; Xiaomei Cong, PhD, RN; and Keun Sam Chung, MD

#8 Transfer of Methamphetamine (MA) into Breast Milk and Urine of Postpartum Women who Smoked MA Tablets during Pregnancy: Implications for Initiation of Breastfeeding

Chulathida Chomchai, MD; Summon Chomchai, MD, MPH; and Ratchada Kitsommart, MD

#7 Domperidone for Treatment of Low Milk Supply in Breast Pump-Dependent Mothers of Hospitalized Premature Infants: A Clinical Protocol

Barbara Haase, APRN, MSN, CPNP, IBCLC; Sarah N. Taylor, MD, MSCR; Jill Mauldin, MD; Teresa S. Johnson, PhD, RN; and Carol L. Wagner, MD

#6 New Beginnings: Changed (Us) for Good

Kathleen A. Marinelli, MD, IBCLC, FABM and Sara L. Gill, PhD, RN, IBCLC, FAAN

#5 Breastfeeding Duration and Primary Reasons for Breastfeeding Cessation among Women with Postpartum Depressive Symptoms

Erin McElderry Bascom, MPH and Melissa A. Napolitano, PhD

#4 Breastfeeding Self-efficacy: A Critical Review of Available Instruments

Kathleen A. Marinelli, MD, IBCLC, FABM; Sara L. Gill, PhD, RN, IBCLC, FAAN; Emily L. Tuthill, MS, RN; Jacqueline M. McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN; Melanie Graber; Regina M. Cusson, PhD, NNP-BC, PRN, FAAN; and Sera L. Young, MA, PhD

#3 Weighing the Facts: A Systematic Review of Expected Patterns of Weight Loss in Full-Term, Breastfed Infants

Kathleen A. Marinelli, MD, IBCLC, FABM; Sara L. Gill, PhD, RN, IBCLC, FAAN; and Diane Thulier, PhD, RN

#2 Suck-Swallow-Breathe Dynamics in Breastfed Infants

Vanessa S. Sakalidis, BHlth Sc (Hons), PhD, Donna T. Geddes, DMU, Post Grad Dip (Sc), PhD

#1 Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation for the Management of Engorgement, Plugged Ducts, and Mastitis

Kathleen A. Marinelli, MD, IBCLC, FABM; Sara L. Gill, PhD, RN, IBCLC, FAAN; Ann M. Witt, MD, IBCLC; Maya Bolman, BA, BSN, IBCLC; Sheila Kredit; and Anne Vanic, MSN, CPNP, IBCLC

Top 10 Things to Do in Toronto #ILCA17

This year’s International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) annual conference—Knowledge, Diversity, Equity: Global Access to Skilled Lactation Carewill be held 19-22 July 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel & Towers in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

While you are enjoying the speakers and connecting with the ILCA community, we know you will also want to take time to explore all that Toronto has to offer.

We’ve assembled a list of some of the top attractions in Toronto. We hope you will share with us in the comments some of your favorite things to do in the area.

  • St. Lawrence Market: Part farmer’s market, part artisan fair, part cultural exhibition space, part office building, the St. Lawrence Market is a must-see for any Toronto visitor.
  • Casa Loma: A castle? In Toronto? Yes! This European-style castle and former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt is complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and beautiful five-acre estate gardens.
  • Royal Ontario Museum: This family-friendly art and natural history museum has a diverse collection unlike any place else. Paintings, sculpture, glass works, folk art, and textiles on the one hand; dinosaurs, Cenozoic mammals, rocks and minerals, and mummies on the other.
  • CN Tower: Listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the CN Tower offers awe-inspiring engineering and one amazing view. See Toronto from on high, or make an evening of it and dine at the Tower’s famous 360 Restaurant—1150 feet above the city.
  • Toronto Islands: Slip away from the city for bit and take a ferry out to one or more of the Toronto Islands, a short ride from the city center. The islands are a great place for a family picnic, amusement park rides, lounging on the beach, or renting a kayak or bicycle for more exploring.
  • Distillery DistrictWander the historic Distillery District. Once the home of Canada’s largest distiller, this pedestrian-only neighborhood is a blend of old and new. Victorian buildings and carriage roads are the setting for contemporary cafes, art galleries, and performance spaces.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada135,000 square-feet, more than 1.5 million gallons of water, 16,000 aquatic animals, 100 species of fish—right downtown.
  • Harbourfront Centre: A 10-acre public trust born of a former warehouse district, now a thriving neighborhood and cultural hub along the shore of Lake Ontario.
  • Ontario Science Centre: About 8 miles from downtown, children and adults can explore hundreds of educational exhibits related to science and technology. The facility also includes a planetarium and IMAX theater.
  • Hockey Hall of FameWe HAD to include it! A museum and entertainment destination like no other, a trip to Toronto is not complete without at least a small dose of this iconic sport. Just think what your friends will say when you tell them you’ve seen the original Stanley Cup!

We can’t wait to share with you all Toronto has to offer at #ILCA17!

National—Regional Partner Update: Chinese Lactation Consultant Association (CLCA)

The International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) Global Partners Initiative was designed to improve breastfeeding worldwide by creating linkages between organizations around the globe. ILCA would like to welcome its 21st National—Regional Partner, Chinese Lactation Consultant Association (CLCA), a professional organization that provides education and support, as well as continued certification, for lactation consultants in China. 

We asked Dr. Shu-Fang Wang, PhD, RN, CNM, IBCLC, CBD, the president and founder of CLCA, to share with us more about the role of the organization in breastfeeding support and why they decided to sign on to the Partners Initiative. Dr. Wang shared her answers with us, as well as the Chinese-language translation of our interview.

Lactation Matters (LM): Tell us about why your organization is so important to human health in Taiwan and other Chinese speaking regions.


CLCA is established, 5 July 2015

Dr. Shu-Fang Wang (SFW): Breastfeeding has been advocated in Taiwan for many years, but the breastfeeding rate has still not reached the World Health Organization (WHO) goal, despite our efforts. Part of reason is that International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) do not have full recognition by the medical professionals or the general public in Taiwan. Now, people do know the importance of breastfeeding and prefer breastfeeding over bottle-feeding for their babies. But without continuing professional support, the road to continued breastfeeding is full of obstacles. When they encounter problems, mothers today seek help through the Internet. The information about breastfeeding and lactation on the web is full of misconceptions. There are also so called “lactation dredgers 通乳師” who have no formal training nor basic knowledge of lactation, but claim to be able to help breastfeeding mothers by resolving blockages. Because of the great need for breastfeeding support, all kinds of unusual practices have started to appear in Taiwan. Similar phenomena can be seen in China and other Chinese-speaking regions. Some people simply do not know to seek IBCLCs for help, or, because the wait list is too long, they turn to non-professionals for assistance.

In view of the needs to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding, in July of 2015, a group of lactation consults in Taiwan founded the Chinese Lactation Consultant Association (CLCA), which is based in Taiwan. CLCA strives to promote the recognition, professional development, and advancement of IBCLCs in Taiwan and in other Chinese-speaking countries. We hope that through this process, a breastfeeding-friendly environment or culture can be established, so that the breastfeeding families can better enjoy the breastfeeding experiences.

母乳哺育在台灣推行已有多年,但在種種努力下,母乳哺育率仍然無法達到世界衛生組織的目標。其中一個原因是因為國際認證泌乳顧問(IBCLCs)在台灣的醫療界或者社會大眾中沒有得到該有的認可。現在人們知道母乳的重要性,也會選擇母乳哺餵而不瓶餵他們的寶寶。但是,沒有專業的支持,持續哺乳的路很難走下去。當遇到問題時,現在的母親都會上網尋求協助。而網路上有關母乳哺餵或泌乳的資訊很多錯誤訊息。再者,社會上還有些所謂的「通乳師」,沒有專業訓練,沒有泌乳相關知識。因為社會上的需求很大,所以種種亂象就產生。類似的情況也發生在中國及其他說中文的地區。有些人甚至不知道要找國際認證的泌乳顧問,又或者因為要等太久,轉而去找不專業的人協助。2015年7月一群專業泌乳顧問工作者秉持「營造母乳哺育友善社會,促進泌乳家庭享受親密哺育經驗」在台灣成立了 華人泌乳顧問協會(CLCA),期許能保護、推廣、及支持母乳哺育。


LM: What challenges do you face in your work?


(SFW): The healthcare system in Taiwan is mostly medically oriented. The lactation consultant is not recognized as a part of the healthcare team currently. This is part of CLCA’s mission, to broaden the acknowledgement and acceptance of IBCLCs as the experts on breastfeeding and lactation in public and private sectors.

Furthermore, there are many myths and misconceptions about lactation/breastfeeding in the Chinese-speaking cultures, and this creates confusion and problems for mothers who want to continue breastfeeding. Through various education and training programs, seminars, and meetings, CLCA supports not only IBCLCs, but other healthcare workers and people concerned with breastfeeding and human lactation, so that they have the “right” knowledge to help breastfeeding mothers. In the process, we hope to foster awareness of the important roles of IBCLCs in the society in general.

The population of ethnic Chinese people is near 14.3 billion. This includes the 1385 million people in mainland China and the 50 million ethnic Chinese people overseas. This comprises approximately 19.2 percent of the global population, which means one in every five people speaks Chinese. Among Chinese, there are also different dialogues and subcultures. CLCA is striving to bring professional breastfeeding knowledge to Chinese people in different regions, and in a way that fits their specific subcultures. It is a work with great challenges, but, at the same time, great rewards.


再者,在華人文化中有很多對於哺乳或者泌乳的迷思及錯誤觀念,這對哺乳母親會造成困惑而導致無法繼續哺乳。華人泌乳顧問協會希望經由教育訓練課程、學術研討會議,不只是協助專業的國際認證泌乳顧問,也能幫助其他醫療工作人員及其他母乳泌乳相關人士有正確的知識能協助哺乳母親。在過程中,我們希望社會大眾認識 專業國際認證泌乳顧問的重要性。


First press conference, 12 December 2015


LM: Why did your organization decide to become an ILCA National—Regional Partner?


(SFW): ILCA is the international organization for IBCLCs.

The members of CLCA currently include people from many Chinese-speaking countries, such as Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, and Canada. CLCA serves to bridge the gap between Chinese-speaking countries and the rest of the world. Through translation, breastfeeding- and lactation-related knowledge and experiences can be exchanged via publication, media, conferences, and seminars. CLCA aims to impact Chinese globally. We wish to share with the world the breastfeeding experiences that are unique to the Chinese culture; for example, the postpartum “doing the month” practice. Through partnership with ILCA, we hope to share our experiences, and, in return, embrace the differences in breastfeeding from other cultures. Additionally, CLCA wishes to contribute to ILCA’s core value of diversity.





LM: What is your vision for breastfeeding support in Taiwan and ethnic Chinese regions?


(SFW): CLCA aims to impact the health of Chinese-speaking society through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care.  CLCA supports breastfeeding and lactation by providing human resources, consultations, and exchanges of lactation care skills, which are specifically tailored to Chinese culture.

Screening of MILK in Taiwan, 13 November 2016

The goals of CLCA include:

  1. Practicing code and research: Developing research and evidence-based practices for lactation consultants.
  2. Promotion of IBCLCs and ethics regulations: Following the ethics regulations of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®), CLCA has established professional conduct codes for lactation consultants, such as the charging standards. We promote equality and develop monitoring strategies among lactation consultants.
  3. Creating classification and qualification systems: Holding regular training courses and offering continuing education opportunities for Chinese lactation consultants. We aim to provide research evidence and clinical experience to improve the knowledge and skills of Chinese lactation consultants. The qualification committee manages the certification and re-certification process, and updates the list of qualified Chinese lactation consultants regularly.
  4. Collaboration and building of networks and advocates: Establishing a platform for human resources, marketing the professionalism of IBCLCs, collaborating with related professions through advocacy and codes, working to maximize the influence of IBCLCs in society.
  5. Promoting education and community supports: Following the International Code of Marketing Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent resolutions of the WHO to provide the public and medical professions the latest lactation evidence-based knowledge through establishment of support groups among breastfeeding mothers and parentyoung child seminars for communities.


  1. 執業準則與實證研究:發展科學技術研究平台,建立實證為基礎的泌乳顧問執業標準。
  1. 執業促進與倫理規範:在泌乳顧問國際認證委員會(IBLCE)的倫理與紀律規範下,建立華人泌乳顧問運營規範,設置執業倫理規範與收費標準;推動同業公平發展監督機制。
  1. 能力分級與進階制度:辦理華人泌乳顧問培訓及進階繼續教育,根基研究成果和實務經驗,進行華人泌乳顧問專業能力進階與分級制度;設置審查委員會,進行資格認證和複審,定期審核並公佈認證華人泌乳專業人員名單。
  1. 合作網絡建置與推廣:建構人力資源平台,行銷並建立泌乳顧問專業形象,促進與規範與相關行業合作機制,擴大組織外部資源,以提升社會影響力。
  1. 推廣教育與社區支持:遵從母乳代用品之國際銷售守則,對公眾及醫療專業同僚提供最新泌乳實證知識;建立母乳媽媽互助機制,辦理社區親職講座並避免利益衝突。


Dr. Shu-Fang Wang, PhD, RN, CNM, IBCLC, CBD is the president and a founder of the Chinese Lactation Consultant Association (CLCA), a mother of three children, and a breastfeeding mother of almost 60 months. She has a PhD in Nursing from Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan, and two Master degrees: one in Nursing from Liverpool University, Great Britain; and another in Midwifery from National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Taiwan. She is currently a nurse midwife at Tzu Chi Hospital, and an associate professor at Tzu Chi University.  She became an IBCLC in 2007 and is one of the first six IBCLCs in Taiwan. She is the first and only non-physician to open an independent clinic for lactation consultation in Taiwan, which is in still in operation now.


Members Scholarship Application Process OPEN!


ILCA is pleased to open the application process for ILCA Membership Scholarships. These scholarships are available to individuals who are unable to pay for ILCA membership due to social, economic, or political hardships. Scholarship funds are generously provided by our members through the ILCA Breastfeeding Benefactor Program.

Please click HERE to access the application if you would like to request an ILCA Membership Scholarship.

Member Scholarships granted will be for the 2017 calendar year 1 January 2017 through 31 December.

First deadline for application review: 31 December 2016.

Notification for applications received by first deadline: 31 January 2017.

Applications received after the first deadline will be reviewed as they are submitted until all available ILCA Member Scholarship funds are dispensed.

While ILCA would like to extend a scholarship to all applicants, funds are limited. Potential recipients are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Member benefits will be available to scholarship recipients until 31 December 2017.


If you have any questions regarding this application or Membership Scholarships, email us at

ILCA Membership Makes a Difference: Connecting You with the Tools and Community You Need

We believe that membership in the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) gives you the tools and community you need to support lactating families. But don’t take it from us – listen to your fellow members! We reached out to members from all over the world and asked them: How does ILCA membership impact your practice?

I’m a Portuguese midwife and being an ILCA member has brought me the scientific knowledge to improve my practice skills as I mentor nursing students in the acquisition of the basic skills to support breastfeeding.

~Maria Joao Jacinto Guerra, Portugal

As the only International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) living in Hanoi, Vietnam, access to evidence-based articles and information for my expatriate and local clients is invaluable. Support for breastfeeding mothers is negligible in Hanoi and knowing I can provide an acceptable level of expertise is reassuring.

~Kelly Havlin, Vietnam

I really like “Inside Track” with topics like Raynaud’s Syndrome or how to clean a breast pump. I appreciate that I may copy them for clients at the health department. They are great teaching tools! Thanks!

~Alice Jantzen, USA

I’m not sure what part of ILCA I love most. I’ve only missed one conference in the past 10 years! The conference is packed full of excellent speakers and everything is so well-organized. You get to rub elbows with the big wigs of lactation! The app at this year’s conference was amazing and helpful!! JHL is so professional – It makes me proud to be part of this organization. The webinars are outstanding and now offering free CERPS is SO valuable. All in all, ILCA is fabulous!

~Colette Acker, USA

ILCA lifts up our profession by supporting evidence-based practice. ~Gale Touger, USA

I am the only IBCLC in Algeria. Being a member of ILCA makes me feel that I belong to a great professional community. Having access to the Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) is priceless for me as I practice evidence-based lactation consultant work.

~Zoubida Touimer, Algeria

As a childbirth educator and IBCLC, I value the cross-over and how these roles impact each other. I value the ILCA conference so receiving the membership rate for attending is of high value. I also appreciate the weekly ILCAlert and the free CERPs and webinars.

~Elizabeth Smith, USA

ILCA is a wonderful way to keep up to date with the latest research on breastfeeding through the JHL published articles. I can share this research with my work colleagues to ensure our mothers are receiving the best of care.

~Kathy Croft, Australia

ILCA Membership Connects You with the Tools and Community You Need to Support Lactating Families!

Our 2017 Membership package includes benefits that get you:

  • THE LATEST IN BREASTFEEDING KNOWLEDGE: Keep up-to-date with up to 10 FREE CERPs, including topics like milk sharing, medications, and ethics.
  • EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT YOUR WORK: The Journal of Human Lactation is rated as our TOP member benefit. Receive either the print (Standard Membership only) or online edition to stay up-to-date on the latest in lactation research.
  • HELP FAMILIES FIND YOU: Get listed on our Find a Lactation Consultant Directory (IBCLCs only), with new features in 2017. Watch for new search options, increased traffic, and more.
  • CONNECT WITH YOUR COMMUNITY: Coming in 2017! Connect with your peers on the topics you care about most in our new, exclusive online community.
  • TOOLS FOR THE FAMILIES YOU SERVE: Share Inside Track with your clients in print or through email using a PDF. ILCA offers expert, evidence-based research interpreted just for lactating families.
  • SAVINGS: Discounts on live and recorded webinars and registration for our annual conference.

Want to win a FREE ILCA Membership? Share with us about how ILCA membership has made a difference in YOUR practice! Find more information HERE!

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ILCA Membership: Not Just for IBCLCs


Membership in the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is not just for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC)!

Are you a clinical care provider – such as a physician, midwife, nurse, or dietitian?

Are you a breastfeeding supporter – such as a volunteer with new family support groups, a peer counselor, or do you hold another lactation certification?

Are you a student or a retired IBCLC?

ILCA has the tools and community you need to support lactating families!

ILCA Has the Benefits You Need!

To read more about all of the benefits offered by ILCA, please click HERE.


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Equity Pricing: Member Fees that Reflect Our Core Values


In 2015, ILCA significantly reworked our membership pricing structure to better reflect our commitment to knowledge, diversity, and equity. Since instituting this change, we have more than doubled the number of members from medium and low-resource countries. We are grateful to partner with members all over the world to transform world health through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care.

Membership pricing is based on the World Bank Economic Indicators and reflects an equitable percentage of the average annual income for a particular country category. You can find your country by clicking HERE.

Because we understand that equity pricing does not relieve the economic pressures present for some in our profession, ILCA continues to examine and address other solutions to expand access to the resources ILCA makes available to members. If you are in need of a scholarship for membership, please watch here for details for the 2017 scholarship application.

2017 Equity-Based Membership Pricing



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Equity Pricing: Member Fees that Reflect Our Core Values


In 2015, ILCA significantly reworked our membership pricing structure to better reflect our commitment to knowledge, diversity, and equity. Since instituting this change, we have more than doubled the number of members from medium and low-resource countries. We are grateful to partner with members all over the world to transform world health through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care.

Membership pricing is based on the World Bank Economic Indicators and reflects an equitable percentage of the average annual income for a particular country category. You can find your country by clicking HERE.

Because we understand that equity pricing does not relieve the economic pressures present for some in our profession, ILCA continues to examine and address other solutions to expand access to the resources ILCA makes available to members. If you are in need of a scholarship for membership, please watch here for details for the 2017 scholarship application.

2017 Equity-Based Membership Pricing



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ILCA17: Call for Abstracts Now Open


The 2017 International Lactation Consultant Association Conference, Knowledge, Diversity, Equity: Global Access to Skilled Lactation Care, is being held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel and Towers from 19-22 July 2017. This four-day conference combines research and practice presentations with clinical and research skill development.

We invite you to consider facilitating Clinical Skills Rotations and/or presenting a concurrent session or workshop at the 2017 ILCA Conference. The ILCA Annual Conference showcases educators with exceptional expertise and teaching skills in order to provide quality information to attendees. ILCA’s Call for Abstracts provides an opportunity for lactation specialists and other experts in lactation-related fields to submit proposals to share their insights, expertise, skills, and research with colleagues.

If you are interested in submitting an abstract, please visit the Speaker Submission Site to learn more about 2017 session formats, submission categories, and submission guidelines (you can also find the 2017 Presenter and Facilitator Guidelines HERE and the 2017 Clinical Skills Session Guidelines HERE). More details about ILCA’s Call for Abstracts can be found HERE. The Speaker Submission Site will be open until 9 December 2016 (US calendar and Eastern Standard Time). When the site closes, the Conference Program Task Force and Research Task Force will begin their blind review of submitted abstracts.

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Get a Discount On Your ILCA Membership: Join With a Group

Get a discount on your ILCA membership – join with a group!

Groups of ten or more will receive a ten percent discount, so gather your friends, colleagues, co-workers, and fellow advocates now. (Share this Facebook post on your page or your favorite lactation supporter group to start gathering your group!)

Been a group leader before? We have simplified the process to make it even easier to join or renew and get your group membership discount.

Discounted Rates For Joining/Renewing With A Group

How It Works:
  1. Select a group coordinator. The group coordinator will submit member information and full payment for the entire group.
  2. Gather information for your group. For each member of your group, please gather:
    1. name
    2. email
    3. membership type (Standard, Standard Go Green (category A only), Student, Breastfeeding Supporter, Clinical Professional, and Retired)
    4. membership category (A, B, C, or D)
  3. Your group coordinator will submit your group information and full payment. Click here for the group submission form.
  4. Within 2-3 business days, all group members will receive email instructions for online membership activation.

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