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The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is the professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and other health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families. Our vision is a worldwide network of lactation professionals. Our mission is to advance the profession of lactation consulting worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research.

International Focus
ILCA is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). ILCA provides official representatives to many organizations, including the World Health Assembly, Codex Alimentarius, Food and Agriculture Organization, International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc., World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), United Nations and the World Forum for Early Child Care and Education.

ILCA has more than 5,000 members from 81 nations, and includes a wide variety of health professionals, including IBCLCs, midwives, nurses, physicians and medical practitioners, childbirth educators, dietitians, and many more. ILCA members are also maternal and infant health advocates, public health specialists, and volunteer support counselors. ILCA networks with more than 50 local, regional, national, and international lactation affiliate groups worldwide. 

What is an IBCLC?

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An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. IBCLCs are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc. ( under the direction of the U.S. National Commission for Certifying Agencies. IBCLCs work in a wide variety of health care settings, including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice. 



IBCLC Lactation Care Award Program

ILCA is now offering live webinars presented from the 2011 Conference (June 14, 2011)

ILCA Encourages Breastfeeding Support in Pacific Earthquake and Tsunami Affected Areas (March 11, 2011)

New Zealand Earthquake Letter to IBCLCs from LCAZ, NZLCA and ILCA (Feb 23, 2011)

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IBLCE and ILCA announced the IBCLC Lactation Care Award Program for hospitals, birthing facilities, and birthing services! Click here for more information.

Due to the high volume of applications we have received during this inaugural year of the IBCLC Care Award, approved facilities will not be listed until January 21, 2011. IBLCE and ILCA representatives are working diligently to complete the application reviews. Thank you for your patience and your enthusiasm for this new award!

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