Lactation Matters

ILCA, ABM, and WABA Joint Statement for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)

ILCA participates with the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is a global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Every year, representatives of Member States, United Nations entities and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the Commission’s annual session. This year, CSW62 takes place from 12-23 March. The theme for this year’s session is “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.”

Attending CSW is an opportunity for ILCA to influence policy makers and governments, and to network with other organizations working toward similar goals. ILCA’s UN Liaisons, Geri Fitzgerald and Lisa Mandell, in collaboration with the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) and World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), developed the following statement to distribute at CSW. This statement was further ratified by 1000 Days, Helen Keller International, International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), and Training and Assistance for Health and Nutrition Foundation (TAHN). Lisa Mandell attended CSW62 on 12-13 March and distributed the statement to many people; she was also able to bring breastfeeding and the need for skilled lactation support to the attention of speakers in several sessions, and she attended a Town Hall meeting with the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. Geri Fitzgerald will attend CSW62 on 19 March to further ILCA’s networking by attending sessions sponsored by the WHO, UNAIDS, UN Women, Zambia, Denmark and PAHO.

The statement is below:

Empowerment of rural women and girls: How breastfeeding and skilled lactation support can empower rural women and improve health outcomes

Breastfeeding empowers women, including rural women and girls, to provide their children with optimal nutrition, improve child survival, and promote long-term health for both mother and child. Breastfeeding is the foundation of life.

There are two important and relevant documents which address the means to empower women and girls in this context:

  1. The Draft Agreed Conclusions prepared by the CSW62 Bureau highlights importance of implementing economic and social policies for the empowerment of rural women and girls. This document identifies the critical need to increase access to quality care before, during, and after childbirth.
  2. The Sustainable Development Goals include ensuring access by infants to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food (2.1); ending all forms of malnutrition and achieving targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age (2.2); addressing the nutritional needs of lactating women (2.2); reducing neonatal mortality (3.2); ensuring access to reproductive health-care services (3.7); and recognizing and valuing unpaid care provided by women and girls (5.4).

It is critical that breastfeeding and skilled lactation support are included in policies designed to achieve the above goals.  As the cornerstone of any comprehensive policy designed to improve the health and well-being of childbearing women and their children, breastfeeding can save lives and improve long-term health of the entire community.

Breastfeeding according to World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations has the capacity to save over 800,000 infant lives per year. Human milk is always clean, readily available, requires no access to fuel, clean water, or electricity, and is environmentally sustainable. Human milk provides reliable and sustainable nutrition for optimal growth of infants, while protecting the infant from infection and food insecurity in risky environments. An infant who is not breastfed for the first 6 months of life is 14 times more likely to die compared with an infant who receives human milk only. Infants not breastfed have a higher risk of many diseases. Infants whose mothers lack adequate breastfeeding support are at risk for premature weaning. Women who breastfeed for a shorter duration or not at all are at higher risk of many diseases, and they experience shorter birth intervals with resulting negative health outcomes.

These negative consequences of not breastfeeding have a higher impact among rural women and their children.

  • Rural women have poor access to health care. When health care providers offer skilled support for breastfeeding, initiation and duration rates increase.
  • Rural women and their infants are at increased risk of disease, and have less access to fuel, clean water, and electricity needed to prepare alternatives to human milk.

By improving health outcomes from day 1, the goal of empowering women and girls is attainable.  Lactation support to improve breastfeeding initiation and duration is a critical step toward reaching this goal.  Actions to advance breastfeeding as part of nutrition, food security and poverty reduction strategies galvanize efforts to achieve sustainable development goals.

Therefore, we recommend and urge governments, health ministers and political leaders to invest in the future of rural women and girls by developing policies for sustainable practices that increase access to quality care, including skilled breastfeeding support, before, during, and after childbirth.

Introducing ILCA’s New Executive Director: Jessica Lytle

The Board of Directors of the International Lactation Consultants Association is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Executive Director, Jessica Lytle.

Some of you may have had the opportunity to meet Jessica at a conference or work with her on a committee as she has been on staff with ILCA for the last five years in a number of capacities.

She was chosen based on her strategic organizational skills, her knowledge of the organization, and her deep commitment to the mission and vision of ILCA, including the advancement of the IBCLC profession worldwide.

Jessica brings nearly 20 years in non-profit management experience, including serving as ILCA’s membership manager and assistant executive director. She is particularly committed to ensuring ILCA’s global impact and to working towards the organizational mission.

In her past roles at ILCA, she was instrumental in the shift to equity pricing for membership, which has increased ILCA’s accessibility to lactation supporters in lower-resource countries around the globe. She also played a key role in the initial development of the Global Partners Program.

Jessica has recently served as ILCA’s interim executive director. During this time, she has already begun the process of streamlining both staff and volunteer operations, ensuring that time and talent are spent as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Jessica lives in North Carolina. When she is not supporting ILCA, she spends her time with her husband and two boys on the baseball field.

We hope you will join us at the upcoming ILCA conference in Portland, Oregon, United States where you will have the opportunity to meet Jessica face-to-face.

Submissions OPEN for 2018 Journal of Human Lactation Photo Contest


Every year, the Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) hosts a photo contest for the coveted cover spot on each edition. The JHL is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal publishing original research, insights in practice and policy, commentaries, and case reports relating to research and practice in human lactation and breastfeeding. The annual photo contest is your opportunity to contribute to the journal and highlight your community.

The photo(s) on JHL’s cover are changed annually. JHL is your journal, and we want to feature your photos!

The photo(s) portray the broad field of human lactation, including the IBCLC helping new families (in a wide variety of scenarios), breastfeeding in various cultural contexts around the globe, and the science of lactation.


  • Keep the photo simple: Focus on the subject while limiting background items and distractions. Frame your photo carefully for full effect.
  • High Resolution and Size: Photos must meet the MINIMUM specifications:
    • A jpeg file
    • At least 300DPI
    • At least 4″ tall and wide.
  • If selected, photo consent is required for all persons in photo: If a recognizable person is in the photo and your image is selected, (e.g., the face of a parent/baby/clinician etc.) you will be asked to submit a signed photo consent form. If you do not have a standard photo consent form, we can provide one to you if your photo is chosen.

Please do not send photos of lesser size and resolution. Photos that do not meet these specifications cannot be considered.


  • Deadline is 1 September 2018: NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Include your name, the photo consent, and if you are not the photographer, the name of the photographer, and full contact information, preferably with a second email address.
  • The photographer will need to sign non-exclusive copyright – in other words, allowing JHL to use the photo, but the photographer is free to use it elsewhere as one chooses.
  • You will receive an auto response email to confirm your submission.

IBCLC Day: Celebrating YOUR Contribution to World Health through Lactation


Breastfeeding education. Home lactation support. Helping breastfeeding and chestfeeding families in clinics and hospitals. Human milk research. Emergency and disaster support for displaced families with infants. These are just a few of the ways that you as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLCs®) are contributing to world health outcomes by sharing your expertise.

On Wednesday, 7 March, we welcome your community to celebrate YOU by thanking IBCLCs.

We hope you will also take this opportunity to celebrate the IBCLCs that have made a difference in your life, through mentorship, community, or support.

Show your IBCLC pride! Starting now, use our IBCLC Day frame on your Facebook image to help build recognition for your profession.


Find the IBCLC Day frame here. Find IBCLC Day images for you and your community to share here.


We have also welcomed code-compliant organizations that would like to provide special offers to IBCLCs for #happyIBCLCday to do so on our event page. Feel free to check out what they have shared with you here. We also hope that you will share with us what you are doing in your local community to celebrate!


Honor IBCLCs Locally and Globally with the IBCLC Care Award


As the international professional organization for the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®), we know that those who have achieved this credential provide valuable expertise in the field of lactation care.

IBCLCs globally provide skilled support to individual caregivers in their efforts to breast/chestfeed. Because of the nature of this work, it is most effectively conducted on a local or regional level. We believe that IBCLCs deserve international acclaim for the differences that they are making in the lives of caregivers and their children, which is one of the reasons we host the IBCLC Care Award in conjunction with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®).

This award honors Hospital-Based Facilities and Community-Based Agencies around the world that hire IBCLCs, have dedicated lactation programs and show evidence of lactation projects that promote, protect and support breastfeeding.

In order to be awarded the IBCLC Care Award, Hospital-Based Facilities and Community-Based Agencies must provide the name of the IBCLC(s) on staff and a detailed program description, including goals, outcomes, and evidence. Hospital and Community Agency awardees are provided with a press release describing the IBCLC Care Award for distribution to their local media outlets. In addition, they are listed for two years in the IBCLC Care Directory, which is accessed by parents looking for quality lactation support services. When two years have passed, these groups are encouraged to re-apply with a new lactation project to continue being listed in the directory. Because the directory lists programs supporting IBCLCs from all over the world, it gives local programs credibility in their communities and internationally.

IBCLCs work in their communities to encourage the fundamental, incredible connection between a parent and his/her child. The IBCLC Care Award is one way to honor the work of IBCLCs, recognize the facilities and agencies that hire them, encourage others to benefit from their services and inspire a new generation of lactation professionals.

If you are interested in recognizing the work of IBCLCs on your staff in your hospital or community on a global scale, you can click here to learn more about the qualifications and complete the online application

Apply now! Applications will be accepted online from 15 January 2018 through 16 February 2018.

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

2018 IBCLC Care Awards 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 good will 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.

Apply now! Applications will be accepted online starting 15 January 2018 through 16 February 2018.

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

Top 10 JHL Posts of 2017

On topics ranging from the impact of breastfeeding on breast cancer to co-sleeping to human milk donation, our community tapped into the top-accessed resources of Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) more than 22,000 times last year.

As we wrap up 2017, 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 Factors Distinguishing Positive Deviance Among Low-Income African American Women: A Qualitative Study on Infant Feeding

Cecilia E. Barbosa, Saba W. Masho, Kellie E. Carlyle, Maghboeba Mosavel

#9 Interventions to Improve Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy and Resultant Breastfeeding Rates: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Meredith Brockway, Karen Benzies, K. Alix Hayden

#8 Factors Influencing the Breastfeeding Practices of Young Mothers Living in a Maternity Shelter: A Qualitative Study

Rosann Edwards, Wendy E. Peterson, Joy Noel-Weiss, Cathryn Shearer Fortier

#7 Efficacy of an Osteopathic Treatment Coupled With Lactation Consultations for Infants’ Biomechanical Sucking Difficulties: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Juliette Herzhaft-Le Roy, Marianne Xhignesse, Isabelle Gaboury

#6 Breastfeeding Mode and Risk of Breast Cancer: A Dose–Response Meta-Analysis

Mishel Unar-Munguía, Gabriela Torres-Mejía, M. Arantxa Colchero, Teresita González de Cosío

#5 About Research: Qualitative Methodologies

Joan E. Dodgson

#4 Breastfeeding in Women Having Experienced Childhood Sexual Abuse

Constanze Elfgen, Niels Hagenbuch, Gisela Görres, Emina Block, Brigitte Leeners

#3 The Atlantic Divide: Contrasting U.K. and U.S. Recommendations on Cosleeping and Bed-Sharing

Helen L. Ball

#2 An Adoptive Mother Who Became a Human Milk Donor

Beatriz Flores-Antón, Nadia Raquel García-Lara, Carmen Rosa Pallás-Alonso

#1 Systematic Review of Evidence for Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Step 3 Prenatal Breastfeeding Education

Kathryn Wouk, Kristin P. Tully, Miriam H. Labbok

Thank You: A Message of Gratitude from our ILCA President

Dear ILCA Community:

As we approach the end of 2017, on behalf of the ILCA Board of Directors, I would like to extend to you our heartfelt gratitude for being a part of the ILCA community.

To our members, thank you.

Your support makes it possible for us to work tirelessly towards our mission: To advance the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research. We are honored to serve you and the profession.

To our volunteers thank you.

Your time, expertise, and talents make it possible for ILCA to achieve the goals of our strategic map. Together, we can provide lactation professionals with the network and resources necessary to best guide practice, advance the IBCLC profession globally, and respond and adapt to local and global lactation community priorities.

May the year ahead bring you joy and hope as you work with families in your community and work with us around the world, transforming world health through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care.







Michele K. Griswold, PhD, MPH, RN, IBCLC
President, International Lactation Consultant Association

Introducing New Members of the ILCA Board of Directors: An Interview with Nor Kamariah Mohamad Alwi

International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) would like to introduce the newest members of the ILCA Board of Directors, Sabeen Adil, Nor Kamariah Mohamad Alwi, and Iona Macnab, whose terms began in July 2017. The following interview with Nor Kamariah Mohamad Alwi is the second in a series of interviews with each of our new Board members.

Lactation Matters (LM): Tell us about what professional role you play in the lactation community.

Nor Kamariah Mohamad Alwi (NK):

I have been practicing as a lactation consultant in a private set up since 2008. Since then, I have been conducting breastfeeding classes, one-to-one consultations, and engaging with local and global breastfeeding communities.

In 2010, I was given the opportunity to lead the establishment of a nationwide peer counselor program in Malaysia, funded by UNICEF.

In 2015 and 2016, I participated in the production and translation of breastfeeding videos by the Global Health Media Project.

LM: What brought you to the lactation field?

NK: Like many other lactivists, I was first introduced to the world of lactation when I delivered my first daughter. While going through that amazing experience, I wondered how other mothers went through their own different experiences. My background in Information Technology led me to set up my own online web-based support group forums, called (“Susu Ibu” is “Mother’s Milk” in Malay). It was first established in 2004.

The online support group forums hosted lively breastfeeding-related discussions, mainly in the local “Bahasa Melayu” (Malay) language, and had served the local online community quite well for a few years, until they gradually moved to Facebook discussions.

Through, I learned that breastfeeding is more than just a special moment between a mother and her baby. It also plays a vital role in humankind. Promoting it is not enough: it needs to be supported and protected.

Since then, I never turned back. I pursued studies in this field whenever the opportunity presented itself. I am grateful to the local hospitals at the time, which offered me to join their BFHI courses for their staff. There I learned the basic skills of lactation management. Eventually, I started taking more online courses. Throughout the learning process, I practiced what I had learned while helping moms as peer support. In 2008, I sat for the IBCLC examination and passed. With that certification, I considered myself officially leaving the software engineer profession for good, and became a dedicated lactation consultant through my own private practice (which still carries the name SusuIbu.Com), until today.

LM: What is your role on the ILCA Board of Directors?

NK: Being the first ILCA board member coming from my home country, to be honest, I felt a bit overwhelmed at first. I feel that I have to play an important role in bringing issues or closing the gaps we had in the regions within ILCA outreach. I’m seeing myself like a swimmer, who may know how to swim in my local rivers, but now facing the challenge of swimming the wide open seas. I know for sure that I have to keep on swimming, and along the way I will eventually need to learn more skills in order to overcome the ocean tides and waves.

LM: What are the greatest opportunities you see for the board and the Global Collaboration and Equity Committees?

NK: With the new strategic plan that was initiated earlier, backed by the new members of the board coming from many different parts of the world, I see ILCA’s opportunity to engage with a wider range of lactation consultant communities, thus improving the breastfeeding situations through better collaborations between them.

I hope by being directly involved with ILCA through this opportunity, I will be able to facilitate further in the creation of a global platform for networking and communication throughout the regions.

Being part of a few representatives from the other side of the world, I hope this will bring balance to ILCA as a global organization.

LM: ILCA board members are unpaid volunteers that spend countless hours on all aspects of the organization. What inspires you to make this commitment to your profession?

NK: I’ve been a member of ILCA few years before I became an IBCLC and had benefitted from the association through the journals and conference. I was 2009 ILCA conference scholarship recipient. Back then, I was figuring out on how I could contribute back to ILCA in any way. This has become that opportunity for me.

Being part of an already established organization like ILCA will also mean finding ways to adapt to what has been planned, and finding gaps that can be filled. That is definitely one of the most priceless experiences that one could ever hope to go through.


Nor Kamariah Mohamad Alwi, BE, MIT, IBCLC; Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Nor Kamariah Mohamad Alwi resides in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia. She created the online breastfeeding support forum in 2004 and is a co-founder and President of Malaysian Breastfeeding Peer Counselors. She is on the Local Governance Task Force Coordinator for World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). Kamariah is working with IBCLCs to establish a Malaysian Lactation Consultant Association. She is currently a private practice lactation consultant. (Read more about Kamariah in her ILCA Board of Directors nominee profile.) 


Thank You, ILCA Volunteers!

At the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®), we are deeply appreciative of our volunteers. The countless hours, energy, professional knowledge, and significant passion they offer allows ILCA to advance the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research care. In honor of the United Nations’ International Volunteer Day, we have asked Meredith Parker, ILCA’s Assistant to the Executive Director, to offer up our thanks.

Dear ILCA Volunteers,

I would like to take this opportunity, on International Volunteer Day, to sincerely thank you for the time, effort, and enthusiasm that you have brought to ILCA over the past year.

Volunteers are essential to reaching ILCA’s mission of transforming world health through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care. You can see this clearly in our Strategic Map, which we use to inform every step of our work. Developed by our Board of Directors in 2015, this document identifies foundational elements like our vision, our mission, and our core values along with the themes, goals, and objectives that stem from these. We recognize that these ideas have a gigantic scope, a charge that is too great for any one person or group to complete. It is our volunteers who complete the work to activate our mission in the world. For this, we are incredibly grateful.

For example, our Professional Development Committee Research Team addresses Goal 2 from our strategic map: providing access to and interpretation of lactation research. One way in which they do this is by evaluating the poster and research abstract submissions for our annual conference. They have also been instrumental in compiling bibliographies and other resources for our newly-developed Resource Modules.

Also, our Advocacy Committee addresses Goal 5 from our strategic map: advancing breastfeeding on the global agenda. They regularly attend international meetings to collaborate with global health stakeholders.

This essential work is enriched not only by our volunteers’ professional expertise, but by their incredible diversity. We currently have 86 Committee and Task Force volunteers hailing from 22 countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Egypt, Spain, Croatia, Ireland, India, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Nigeria, Netherlands, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Thailand, the United States and Zimbabwe. They communicate in 18 languages, including Afrikaans, American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Igbirra, Japanese, Malay, Punjabi, Spanish, Thai, Urdu and Yoruba.

As you might imagine, it is a challenge not only to schedule virtual meetings across the world but also to ensure that everyone’s ideas are communicated. I am touched by the grace displayed by our volunteers when they stop to ask for the input of all committee members before making a decision. I am impressed by their commitment when they are flexible with late night or early morning meeting times, inconveniencing themselves for the sake of their team.

Included below is the name of each current Committee and Task Force member. We would like to sincerely thank them for their work on behalf of ILCA, the IBCLC Credential, and Global Health at large. We could not be more proud of you and look forward to what we are able to accomplish together in 2018.

Meredith Parker
Assistant to the Executive Director


Advocacy Committee

Johanna Bergerman, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Chair
Gihan Fouad Ahmad, Cairo, Egypt
Maryse Arendt, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Amy Kathryn Brandon, Barcelona, Spain
Decalie Brown, Katoomba, NSW, Australia
Geraldine Hirsch Fitzgerald, Bethany Beach, DE, United States
Deborah Lang, Columbia, MD, United States
Lisa Mandell, Havertown, MA, United States
Ghada Sayed, Cairo, Egypt
Angela Smith, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Linda J. Smith, Dayton, OH, United States

Equity Committee

Dana Hardy, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India, Chair
Debbie Albert, Sacramento, CA, United States
Srikanthi Bodapati, Mississaugua, ON, Canada
Angie Bond, Chandler, AZ, United States
Liz Brooks, Wyndmoor, PA, United States
Rika Dombrowski, Oregon, WI, United States
Salma Fleewa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Eleanor Johnson, Muncie, IN, United States
Adele McHenry-Koenen, Chardon, OH, United States
Erica Morrell, Burlington, VT, United States
Asibi Onyioza Musa, Maitama, FCT, Nigeria
Mireya Roman, Miami, FL, United States
Ghada Sayed, Cairo, Egypt
Lindiwe Sibeko, Amherst, MA, United States
Jacquana Smith, Morrow, OH, United States
Natalia Villegas, Miami, FL, United States

Global Collaboration Committee

Prashant Gangal, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Chair
Dexter Chagwena, Harare, Zimbabwe
Amal El Taweel, Giza, Giza Governorate, Egypt
Manisha Gogri, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Mirjam Pot van-de Mey, Oegstgeest, Netherlands
Marion Rice, Portland, OR, United States
Zaharah Sulaiman, Khota Bharu Kelantan, Malaysia

International Code Committee

Linda J. Smith, Dayton, OH, United States, Chair
Ana Novina, Zagreb, Croatia
Ana Parilla-Rodriguez, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Jennifer Peddlesen, Chestermere, AB, Canada
Elisabeth Sterken, London, ON, Canada
Marsha Walker, Weston, MA, United States
Terrie Wefwafwa, Nairobi, Kenya

Professional Development Committee

Azza Ahmed, West Lafayette, IN, United States, Chair
Salma Abdel Magid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Carmela Baeza, Galpagar, Madrid, Spain
Gini Baker, Sun City West, AZ, United States
Marian Cristina Cornelio Bernardo, Paranque, Metro Manila. Phillippines
Joaana Cole, Mercersburg, PA, United States
Elizabeth Collins, Port Jefferson, NY, United States
Paulina Erices, Littleton, CO, United States
Karen Foard, State College, PA, United States
Tipper Gallagher, Robbinsdale, MN, United States
Dominique Gallo, Roanoke, VA, United States
Jane Grassley, Meridian, ID, United States
Mona Liza Hamlin, Newark, DE, United States
Tar Hilton, Staten Island, NY, United States
Shela Hirani, Karachi, Pakistan
Robin Hollen, Reno, NV, United States
Phyllis Kombol, Kannapolis, NC, United States
Patricia Kostka, Cumberland, RI, United States
Marion Lou Lamb, Palmyra, VA, United States
Annette Leary, Orlando, FL, United States
Meabh-Anne McNamara, Maynooth, Co. Kildaire, Ireland
Jeanette Panchula, Vacaville, CA, United States
Jennifer Peddlesen, Chestermere, AB, Canada
Mirjam Pot-van de Mey, Oegstgeest, Netherlands
Merrie Rheingans, Mesa, AZ, United States
Wilaiporn Rojjansasrirat, Olathe, KS, United States
Libby Rosen, Topeka, KS, United States
Doria Thiele, Milwaukie, OR, United States
Benjamas Thussanasupap, Phayathai, Thailand
Amber Valentine, Lexington, KY, United States
Karen Wambach, Riverside, MO, United States
Shu-Fang Wang, Hualien, Hualien County, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Janet Heger Waters, Powder Springs, GA, United States

Resource Development Committee

Kathleen McCue, Alexandria, VA, United States
Angela Love-Zaranka, Harrisonburg, VA, United States

Annual Conference Program Task Force, 2018

Stacy Davis, Detroit, MI, United States, Chair
Jennifer Day, Southfield, MI, United States
Felisha Floyd, Navarre, FL, United States
Stephanie George, Hagersville, ON, Canada
Camie Goldhammer, Seattle, WA, United States
Mona Liza Hamlin, Newark, DE, United States
Elisabeth Neighbors, Johnston, IA, United States
Mirjam Pot-van de Mey, Oegstgeest, Netherlands
Lourdes Santaballa, Dorado, Puerto Rico
Ghada Sayed, Cairo, Egypt
Jada Wright Nichols, Cordova, TN, United States

WABA-ILCA Fellowship Review Task Force

Asha Benakappa, Bangalore, India
Johanna Bergerman, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Pei Ching Chuah, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Rukhsana Haider, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Pushpa Valli Panadam, Paraguay
Sue Saunders, Alfred Cove, WA, Australia
Angela Smith, Collaroy Plateau, NSW, Australia
Zaharah Sulaiman, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia

Nominations Task Force

Decalie Brown, Katoomba, NSW, Australia, Chair
Gini Baker, Sun City West, AZ, United States
Cathy Carothers, Terry, MS, United States
Sue Jameson, Dublin, Ireland
Lisa Mandell, Havertown, PA, United States
Paula Oliveria, Salisbury, MA, United States

ILCA Membership Impacts Your Practice: Join or Renew TODAY!


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?

ILCA membership gives me a sense of belonging. It is great to know that, in my endeavor to create practice change and support families as they encounter myths and confusing advice about breastfeeding, I have amazing IBCLCs supporting me.

~Regina Amos, Australia

The subscription to the Journal of Human Lactation helps me stay on top of the most current evidence based practice in our field. Additionally, ILCA is important to me in its global networking potential.

~Ilana Chertok, USA

I was impressed with my ILCA membership. It is my main source of updated research via the Journal of Human Lactation. I’m connected with a huge number of experts to support each other. I loved being updated with the latest news of lactation events and conferences. The free continuing education is great and adds a lot for me.

~Fatin Tamim, Jordan

I would say the Find a Lactation Consultant Directory has been most helpful in directing potential clients to me and the free continuing education has helped me stay current.

~Maire MacLean, USA

ILCA membership has made me a better clinician, offered incomparable conference learning opportunities, and has been a springboard for considerable personal professional development. ~Liz Brooks, USA

ILCA membership allows me to join together as a network of IBCLCs with a large data base of resources. And the Inside Track handouts are so valuable for mothers to refer to. The Equity-based pricing for membership also reflects their core value of Knowledge, Diversity and Equity. I like ILCA so much.

~Clare Li, Hong Kong

What I really value about my ILCA membership is access to the resources like Inside Track handouts and the JHL, but also the free continuing education. And when I requested help or information, ILCA have always been quick to respond. Thank you!

~Dorle Verrinder, Namibia

Appartenere ad ILCA è un valore aggiunto per la mia pratica clinica, un modo per accedere, sia attraverso il Journal of Human Lactation, sia attraverso le conferenze on line, ad una formazione continua utilissima per il mio lavoro. {Being a member of ILCA is an added value for my clinical practice. It allows me to access both the Journal of Human Lactation and online conferences which give me ongoing training that is useful to my work.}

~Laura Dell’Edera, Italy

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

Our 2018 Membership package includes:

  • NEW in 2018! MEMBERS-ONLY RESOURCE MODULES CONNECT YOU TO KNOWLEDGE AND COMMUNITY. Join our secure, exclusive communities and get tools (like the latest research), support (including virtual chats with experts in the field and case reviews), and resources (like webinars, handouts, and more). Ten times each year, you will have access to Resource Modules on the topics that most impact your practice, like low milk supply, babies with special challenges, and perinatal mood disorders. Learn more HERE.
  • THE CONTINUING EDUCATION YOU NEED. You will still receive the opportunity to earn ten free continuing education credits each year. New in 2018, each webinar will be up-to-the-minute, released as a part of every Resource Module. You will have a full three months to complete each webinar.
  • EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT YOUR WORK. You have told us the Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) is your TOP member benefit. In 2018, all members can “Go Green” by receiving the online edition only!
  • HELP FAMILIES FIND YOU. In 2017, we made the Find a Lactation Consultant Directory easier for families to USE, all based on your feedback. In 2018, watch for it to be easier for families to FIND you, thanks to our new search engine and social media strategies.
  • TOOLS FOR THE FAMILIES YOU SERVE. Share Inside Track articles with your clients in print or through email using a PDF. ILCA offers expert, evidence-based research interpreted just for families.
  • SAVINGS. Discounts on additional educational opportunities including as live and recorded webinars and our annual conference.
  • STAY CONNECTED. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and the ILCAlert, our weekly newsletter!


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