Lactation Matters

Share Your Expertise With the ILCA Community

Do you have expertise that you enjoy sharing with others in the field of lactation? Have you always wanted to present a webinar for the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®), but the lack of compensation was a barrier for you? Did you miss the deadline to submit an abstract for the annual ILCA Conference, was only one of your abstracts accepted, or does the need for travel make it impossible for you to speak at an ILCA Conference in person?

The ILCA Webinar Series has been reexamined, reimagined, and redesigned to increase equitable access to the role of webinar speaker. Speakers now have the opportunity to select from a menu of financial compensation and other opportunities. Highlights of our new process include:

  • Online abstract submission
  • Four different financial compensation options for speakers
  • Speaker recognition, marketing, and networking opportunities

Our new-and-improved webinar process also incorporates consideration of highly rated conference abstracts that were not selected for the annual ILCA Conference. Due to programmatic restrictions, each year we have the wonderful problem of being unable to select all of the impressive abstracts that have been proposed. Our new approach will help more of these abstracts become sessions that nurture the development of learners in communities everywhere.

We are seeking abstracts in each category of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) Detailed Content Outline, including: development and nutrition; physiology and endocrinology; pathology; pharmacology and toxicology; psychology, sociology, and anthropology; techniques; clinical skills; ethical and legal issues; research; public health; and advocacy.

There is no limit to the number of abstracts you can submit. Webinars are needed year round and by speakers from every setting and country in the world. Click here to propose a webinar today!

Win a FREE #ILCA17 Virtual Conference Registration!

All new online conference format goes far beyond live streaming to bring you the clinical skills you need, connect you with the #ILCA17 community, and build your changemaker toolbox.

What’s New at #ILCA17 Virtual Conference:

LEARNING: More than DOUBLE the continuing education of previous live streaming events. 14 Continuing Education Units will be available for the Virtual Conference.

CONNECTION: BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with the entire #ILCA17 community and join our Online CONNECT Community, exclusively for conference attendees. Chat with both face-to-face and virtual participants, get your questions answered by participating speakers, and find and share resources on the topics discussed at the conference.

BUILD THE SESSIONS YOU NEED: In addition to the scheduled sessions, #ILCA17 virtual attendees get FREE additional continuing education. Choose the content YOU need most by adding one additional credit from our on-demand learning in the Knowledge Center.

LIVE OR ON YOUR TIME: Participate LIVE or watch on YOUR time – 90 full days of ACCESS to your content.

EASY TO USE + HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT: New to virtual conferences? We are here to help! EASY-TO-USE conference platform with dedicated, friendly, and patient tech support. During the live sessions, our professional tech support is supported by skilled moderators. We love bringing your online questions to the floor of #ILCA17!

Virtual Conference Highlights:
  • SEVEN plenary speakers: Arun Gupta, Sharon Unger, Anita Moorhead, Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Doris Fok, Fedro Peccatori, and Marcus Stahlhofer
  • TWO concurrent sessions: Lactation and Medications: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Making Hard Decisions and When Evidence Changes Practice: Building a Skill Set for Interpreting and Applying Lactation Research
  • ONE workshop session: Infant and Maternal Factors Contributing to the Decision to Treat Restrictive Lingual and Maxillary Frenula: A Review of over 2000 Client Records from 2013-2016
  • ILCA Annual General Meeting
  • The Global Partners Panel: Furthering the Global Breastfeeding Agenda through Local, National, Regional, and International Advocacy
  • Lots of exclusive Virtual Conference content during break times
Equity Access Pricing:

ILCA is committed to ensuring the lactation community has access to #ILCA17, even in low-resource countries. Live streaming pricing is based on the same equity pricing model as our annual membership dues:

Category A: Standard/Clinical Members – $165, Students/Breastfeeding Supporters – $89, Retired – $66

Category B: Standard/Clinical Members – $32, Students/Breastfeeding Supporters – $19, Retired – $13

Category C: Standard/Clinical Members – $8, Students/Breastfeeding Supporters – $5, Retired – $4

Category D: Standard/Clinical Members – $4, Students/Breastfeeding Supporters – $2, Retired – $2

Non-Member Pricing: $241

To find which category your country is in, click here.


Earn a chance to win a FREE registration for the #ILCA17 Virtual Conference!

We want to know which speaker you are most excited to hear this year. Leave a comment here on the blog telling us from whom you are most looking forward to learning during the #ILCA17 Virtual Conference! See the complete #ILCA17 Virtual Conference agenda online by visiting our website!

We’ll pick one person who leaves their comment to receive a FREE #ILCA17 Virtual Conference registration!

Bonus entry if you also leave your comment in this thread on Facebook!

2017 ILCA Board of Directors Results

The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Sabeen AdilIona Macnab, and Nor Kamariah Mohamad Alwi have been elected by the ILCA membership to the Board of Directors.

Their three-year terms will commence July 2017. We look forward to working with them to continue ILCA’s mission: to advance the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research.

Sabeen Adil, MD, IBCLC; Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria

Sabeen Adil, MD, IBCLC currently lives in Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria and is originally from Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan. She has experience working in lactation, pediatric, and maternity clinics and hospitals in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Pakistan, and Nigeria. Sabeen established the first lactation clinic in Pakistan, and worked to achieve recognition of lactation consultants as medical professionals in that country. She is currently a private practice lactation consultant in Nigeria.



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

Nor Kamariah Mohamad Alwi, BE, MIT, IBCLC 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). Nor is working with IBCLCs to establish a Malaysian Lactation Consultant Association. She is currently a private practice lactation consultant.




Iona Macnab, BA(Hons), LLB, IBCLC; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Iona Macnab, BA(Hons), LLB, IBCLC lives in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She is the co-founder of iLactation Online Breastfeeding Conferences, a global education platform offering continuing education credits for health professionals.  She was a Le Leche League (LLL) Leader in Japan (13 years) and Australia (6 years), as well as the LLL Regional Administrator for Asia, Africa and Middle East (7 years). Currently, Iona is the Conference Coordinator for Lactation Consultants for Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) and ILCA’s Professional Development Committee Chair, in addition to her responsibilities with iLactation.



We are proud to have these lactation professionals join the ILCA Board of Directors.

The ILCA Board would like to thank each of you for your continued support. To find out more, please visit our website at

New! Advocacy Track at #ILCA17

Lactation specialists around the world are engaged in the critical work of protecting, promoting, and supporting lactation. Whether you engage in advocacy at the local, national, or international level, ILCA’s Advocacy Track offers sessions that will help you be an effective change agent.

New this year, the goals and objectives of the annual Global Partner Meeting have been woven into the Advocacy Track. This track (which offers continuing education credits) includes plenaries and breakout sessions and is designed to connect you to the people and ideas that you need in your changemaker toolbox.

One highlight of this new track is the 2017 Global Partners Panel:

Furthering the Global Breastfeeding Agenda through Local, National, Regional, and International Advocacy*


Arun Gupta of the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India

Zoe Faulkner of the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain

Jennifer Welch of the Association Québécoise des consultantes en lactation diplômées de l’IBLCE.

Date: Friday, 21 July
Time: 1:45-2:45 pm, EST
Credit: 1 CEU

All conference attendees are welcome to join the conversation, whether or not you are following the Advocacy Track!

The ILCA Global Partners Program is improving breastfeeding outcomes by bringing together emerging local and national groups with established international organizations. Together, these groups are working to link goals, break down barriers, and pursue common objectives.

To join the Advocacy Track, click here to register for #ILCA17. There is no need to specifically register for the Advocacy Track.

*The Global Partners Panel is also a part of the #ILCA17 Virtual Conference.

LAST DAY for #ILCA17 Early Bird Registration!

Take advantage of Early Bird registration for the 2017 ILCA Annual Conference, Knowledge, Diversity, Equity: Global Access to Skilled Lactation Care, 19–22 July, in Toronto, Canada and save up to $125 on conference registration fees!

Early bird registration for #ILCA17 ends today at 11:59PM, EST, so REGISTER NOW!

Join us in TORONTO, CANADA to:

  • Learn from the leading experts around the globe—68 speakers representing 13 countries, our most diverse group of speakers yet. Earn up to 24 CEUs (including preconference sessions).
  • Get the clinical skills you need, from clinical skills rotations (preconference) to sessions on topics like donor milk, latch, tongue tie, and more.
  • Connect with the advocates improving lactation outcomes worldwide, and build your changemaker skills to take back to your community on our new advocacy track.
  • Enjoy formal and informal networking at the exhibit hall, network sessions, meals, and more.
Today is your LAST CHANCE to register for early bird pricing. Register now!