International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) is pleased to announce our two newest ILCA Fellows, Decalie Brown and Sue Saunders. The ILCA Board of Directors created the Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA) designation to recognize significant voluntary commitment to ILCA and also the professional excellence and achievements of the leaders and mentors in the field of lactation consultancy.
Decalie Caren Brown, RN, CFHN, CM, BHMtg, IBCLC has been a breastfeeding advocate and birth educator for many years, having worked as a midwife and a Child and Family Health Nurse. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant®
(IBCLC®) since 2001 and has worked tirelessly to support her clients and advance the lactation field overall.
Decalie’s involvement in the field includes publishing on topics related to breastfeeding and lactation consulting, working with policy makers to craft pro-family legislation related to maternity/paternity leave and breastfeeding, as well as advancing the Baby-Friendly Initiative in New South Wales, Australia. Her contributions to ILCA are equally extensive, serving on the ILCA conference committee, IBCLC Care Award Coordinator, ILCA’s Marketing Director, and most recently, the current President of ILCA.
Sue Saunders, IBCLC, CIMI was one of the very first IBCLCs in Western Australia. She has practiced as an IBCLC in Western Australia, the UK, Gabon, Malaysia, and Syria and is a founding member of the Australian Lactation Consultants Association WA Branch and Lactation Consultants Great Britain. In addition to her advancements in lactation education, Sue is working to empower families to build relationships through infant massage.
Sue has shown a high level of commitment to ILCA and its mission, having served as a/an ILCA/IBLCE Care Award Hospital and Community Care Award Reviewer, Fellow of ILCA Committee and Conference Program Committee member, Independent Study Module (ISM) Co-Coordinator, and as ILCA’s Director of Professional Development.
Join us in congratulating these astounding women and leaders in the lactation community! For more information on the Fellows application and eligibility requirements, visit ILCA’s website.