You shared your needs with us in our 2014 Member Survey, and we listened! Based on what you told us you needed most, we have developed your new membership package for 2015.
First and foremost, ILCA is committed to world health transformed through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care. It is our highest priority to promote the professional development, advancement, and recognition of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®) WORLDWIDE for the benefit of breastfeeding infants and their families.
ILCA Offers You MORE in 2015!
The new membership package for 2015 includes:
Earn FREE CERPs (NEW in 2015):
All ILCA members are eligible to earn up to 10 FREE CERPs. As you know, IBCLCs are required to recertify by CERPs or exam every five years. Be sure to take advantage of this benefit: over the course of five years, you can secure up to two-thirds of your required CERPs for the recertification process. You won’t want to miss this benefit!
The Journal of Human Lactation (JHL):
Guide your practice by reading the research you need in three ways: on paper, online, and mobile. In addition to the print edition that will arrive in your mailbox, you can also read full articles online at the JHL website, on your computer, or your mobile device. Use your ILCA membership number and password to log in.
Find A Lactation Consultant (FALC) Listing:
New families who are in need of breastfeeding support want to find YOUR contact information. Our FALC directory connects families seeking support to the gold standard in lactation support: IBCLCs. The FALC helps them find you: a verified IBCLC in their community.
Build Your Practice Toolbox:
Inside Tracks are exclusively for ILCA members. Get evidence-based handouts for families on topics like tongue-tie, returning to work, Vitamin D supplementation, hand expression, and more. Available for printing or sharing as PDFs with your clients. Check out the full list HERE.
Receive weekly email updates which includes information about educational opportunities, advocacy efforts, techniques to improve your practice, and the latest in lactation research through our ILCAlert. In addition, join us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. And, as always, be sure to check out Lactation Matters, the official blog of ILCA, for in-depth analysis of research, highlights of innovative programs, and new ideas to incorporate into your practice.
Get significant discounts on all of ILCA’s continuing educational opportunities, webinars, CERP modules, the ILCA bookstore, and our annual conference!
Access our translations of practice documents and relevant research.
When do I need to join or renew?
If you are a current ILCA member, your current year membership expires on 31 December, 2014. If you would like to continue your membership and receive the new benefits for 2015, including access to earn up to 10 FREE CERPs, you must renew by 1 January 2015. You can do so online, starting 1 October, 2014, HERE.
If you are new to ILCA and are joining for the first time, you can receive up to 3 months FREE by joining as soon as possible after the membership registration opens on 1 October 2015. As soon as you join, you will have full access to all of ILCA’s member benefits. Go HERE, starting 1 October, 2015 to register.
What will this cost me?
We have recently made changes to the membership structure for our members from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.
Previously, members in these areas were required to join both the international organization (ILCA) and their respective regional organizations (USLCA, CLCA, and LCANZ). Their membership fee was divided between the two groups and members received the benefits of both, independently administered, organizations.
That is now changing and the requirement of membership in both the international and regional organization has been lifted.
As a part of the change in structure, your membership fee will also change. We have taken into account the concern expressed by our members that these changes would lead to a significant increase in the cost of membership. We are glad to announce our new fees for 2015 represent only a $2 (USD) increase over the portion of last year’s fee that came directly to ILCA.
As before, your membership fee varies based on your home country. You can find complete information about our 2015 membership fees HERE.
Still not sure?
Did you know that you can try ILCA FREE for 30 days? Want to figure out a bit more of what ILCA is about? Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information (name, mailing address, email, and phone numbers) and you will receive a login and password that will be good for a 30 day ONLINE TRIAL membership.
Do you support and promote breastfeeding? Then you are a valued member of our community. You do not need to be an IBCLC to be a member!
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Appears you did listen to our survey! Well done ! Appears now more real benefits in joining !
I believe it is important that IBCLCs®maintain membership of both their regional affiliate and their international professional organisations for several reasons:
• To be associated with ILCA which has NGO status with both WHO and the United Nations is something that regional affiliate groups may never achieve independently. This alone gives enormous clout when dealing with the individual countries’ federal /state government agencies. Strong presence at this level can facilitate the abbreviation of “LC” to be defined as International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® in government papers.
• ILCA’s Core partnership with WABA. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, IBFAN, Wellstart International and LLL International are the other partners.
• Regional affiliate members, as ILCA members, can be active on ILCA’s various committees.
And last but not least don’t underestimate the importance/weight of the word: “International” on you CV.