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Win Your 2017 Membership . . . Tell Us How ILCA Impacts You


We were blown away by how many of you responded to the ILCA membership survey. We learned so much – like just how much you value the Journal of Human Lactation and your free CERPs. (A lot! Nearly 90% of you rate JHL and free CERPs as important or very important benefits.) Your answers are helping us shape your 2017 member benefits package (watch here for details – coming in mid-October!).

We want to hear more! Share with us how ILCA membership impacts you, and you’ll be entered in a random drawing to win your 2017 ILCA membership.

Here’s some questions we’d love to hear more about. Pick one to answer and leave your response in the comments. You’ll receive a second entry if you also paste your answer into the comments on THIS THREAD on Facebook. Watch here for the winner: we will select a winner by random draw on 20 December 16.

  • How has ILCA membership impacted the way you practice?
  • What would you tell a colleague about the value of ILCA membership?
  • What ILCA benefit is most important to you? Why?
  • Or anything else you’d like us to know about why ILCA is important to you.

Your comments will certainly help guide our thinking about ILCA membership, and may be used as a part of the materials we use to help others learn about ILCA.

Thank you for helping us learn more about what matters most to you about ILCA.

37 Responses to Win Your 2017 Membership . . . Tell Us How ILCA Impacts You

  1. Lacey parr 7 October 2016 at 17:35 #

    The JHL is an incredible resource in my practice!

  2. Kerri Christie 8 October 2016 at 14:19 #

    The JHL and free CERPs are very important to me as well. The FALC used to be! It used to generate enough calls to make membership a no-brainer on that merit alone. However, I have received zero calls from the new FALC, and I know this is true of numerous colleagues as well. We look forward to a solution! Thank you.

  3. Fayrouz Essawi 11 October 2016 at 06:51 #

    Hello, jHL is a good source for updates and practice.Free CERPS is a major cheap way to webinars are an Excellent source for practice and sharing knolwedge.
    ILCA member is definitely an incredible source for us.

  4. Paola Rueda 11 October 2016 at 07:36 #

    For me, free access to JHL is the most valuable resource of ILCA membership! Webbinars and free CERPs are also a great opportunity to stay actuallized in breastfeeding medicine. I love having a big community making all that great work, just like me!

  5. Colette Davenport 11 October 2016 at 09:23 #

    JHL has always been one of my favorite resources to keep up on the latest evidence-based Lactation research results and recommendations. SO appreciate the whole journal!
    ILCA Tracks continues to be an excellent, “to the point” hand-out for a breastfeeding family.
    I appreciate being able to keep the journal at work and at home, read articles, re-read articles, and earn a CERP as well.
    ILCA’s free CERPs are valuable and cost-effective. Please keep up the good work and excellent support!

  6. Jarene Fleming 11 October 2016 at 09:26 #

    The JHL is exceptional and represents our profession well in health and human services and policy arenas.

  7. Ashlynn 11 October 2016 at 09:57 #

    JHL keeps me connected to current breastfeeding reserach, ethical issues, trends and future endeavors. I love the since of advocacy that JHL provides to the breastfeeding community and the broad range of education both common and unique that JHL offers it readers.

  8. Kristine Keller 11 October 2016 at 10:32 #

    Great info applicable to almost everything I face in private practice and beyond.

  9. Breastfeeding Resources NI 11 October 2016 at 10:34 #

    Articles from JHL have helped me help more mothers struggling with painful breastfeeding.

  10. Kristin 11 October 2016 at 11:32 #

    ILCA membership impacts me by keeping me up to date through JHL articles, as well as the free CERPS– a great motivation to be a member. I wish the FALC feature was working better though.

  11. Sue Wirth 11 October 2016 at 11:44 #

    The discount to the ILCA conferences entices me to attend them. Once I get there the networking with fellow lactation consultants and the information from speakers is priceless.

  12. Martha 11 October 2016 at 13:07 #

    Your evidence-based research in JHL guides our practice at our large suburban hospital.

  13. Ginni 11 October 2016 at 14:02 #

    JHL is the best resource for my practice. So many times an issue comes you at my hospital and I can easily find evidence based information to show the physicians why we need to educate a certain way or why we are doing it a certain way. It’s deficient helping to educate the physicians particularly those that don’t understand or know much about breastfeeding.

    • Ginni 11 October 2016 at 14:04 #

      It’s definitely helping!!! I didn’t mean deficient.

  14. Carrie Floyd 11 October 2016 at 14:11 #

    Articles in JHL, also, the opportunity to earn free Cerps. I really like the continuing education!!

  15. Elizabeth 11 October 2016 at 14:18 #

    For me, the free CERPs have been so great, as well as the FALC directory. I regularly hear from clients that they’re finding me there – invaluable!

  16. Alice 11 October 2016 at 17:48 #

    I really like “Inside Track” with topics like Raynaud’s Syndrome or how to clean a breastpump. I appreciate that I may copy them for clients at the health department. They are great teaching tools! Thanks!

  17. Julie Mohr 12 October 2016 at 00:24 #

    The things I most enjoy about my ILCA membership are reading articles in JHL and the free CERPs.

  18. Debbie Albert 12 October 2016 at 01:58 #

    If I had to explain the one thing that has made the most impact on me as an IBCLC, I would have to say ILCA. From the very beginning, prior to my IBCLC exam, I have fond memories of stopping by a table of breastfeeding photos–where Chele Marmet, Ellen Shell, and the late great Joanne Scott exhibited all the patience in the world explaining the photos to any novice who wanted to learn. I have fond memories of hearing amazing speakers. some who are no longer with us–like Mary Rose Tully, Audrey Naylor, and most recently–Miriam Labbok. It wasn’t just hearing the pearls of wisdom that came from their lips, but truly feeling that you were brought into the fold. One afternoon, my son was playing with an adorable girl at one of our conferences. Her grandmother was so nice that we sat and enjoyed lunch together. I talked in frustration that I seemed to have no time to write, and all I could do was my practice and raise my kids. The grandmother told me that I had all the time in the world, and that she really didn’t start writing till her 50’s. When I asked her name, I was blown away. I had a complete hour of quality time with Jan Riordan. Being part of this beautiful crowd of dedicated professionals who give of ourselves to mothers and babies every day, and feeling so much a part of our movement and our progression is truly a blessing. My ILCA membership has given me so many golden moments in my life that I want the same for new LCs coming into our profession.

  19. Charlotte Codron 12 October 2016 at 03:34 #

    Access to JHL and free cerps are the most valuable benefits I get from my ILCA membership. The knowledge I get from JHL helps me feeling more confident for the ibclc exam I will be taking for the first time in April.

  20. Desislava Peeva 12 October 2016 at 07:31 #

    What would you tell a colleague about the value of ILCA membership?
    Articles in JHL and the free CERP’s were the most important to me. I like the knowledge center directory.

  21. Pat Young 12 October 2016 at 10:17 #

    I’ve been a member of ILCA since the very beginning. I think the biggest benefit has been the reliable, constant flow of information for all these years. As someone else said, being able to meet and hear and talk with the speakers at conferences is a wonderful experience. Being able to read their articles and others in JHL provides so much information. Every issue since it began is a treasured resource. I love the ‘Inside Track’ handouts – why reinvent to wheel, when JHL has already provided it? So to sum it up ILCA & JHL have been an outstanding educational resource for all IBCLCs and I promote membership to all in our profession and other HCP related professions.

  22. Colette Acker 12 October 2016 at 13:28 #

    I’m not sure what part of ILCA I love most. I’ve only missed one conference in the past 10 years! The conference is packed full of excellent speakers and everything is so well-organized. You get to rub elbows with the big wigs of lactation! The app at this year’s conference was amazing and helpful!! JHL is so professional – It makes me proud to be part of this organization. The webinars are outstanding and now offering free CERPS is SO valuable. All in all, ILCA is fabulous!

  23. Desiree Ahrens 12 October 2016 at 15:46 #

    I love the CERPs! I have learned multiple things from each lesson I have watched. I would not be able to practice Lactation as a private IBCLC without them. thank you!

  24. Niya Vus 14 October 2016 at 08:04 #

    It is important to be linked with other lactation consultants. This gives new information and support. JHL is great also, thank you!

  25. Nurjasmine Aida Jamani 14 October 2016 at 21:07 #

    I just joined the ILCA as a member because I love reading JHL in order to update my knowledge in breastfeeding medicine. The webinars are awesome too. Hopefully i can join one of the conferences to meet up with the other professionals in lactation some day.

  26. Esme Hough 15 October 2016 at 08:35 #

    Having free access to JHL, Webinars and free CERPs make ILCA membership valuable. It is also wonderful to be part of the International community of IBCLCs. Unfortunately, many of us outside the USA cannot afford the membership fees(.

  27. Dawn Baltz 15 October 2016 at 10:52 #

    ILCA membership means a lot to me. The JHL keeps me up to date on research and evidence based practices that I can bring into my practice and my organization. The webinar offerings provide me with enrichment and ways to improve my practice and skills. I also like to have the ability to look up information on the website when I need to. I also appreciate that I get information about world wide practices. I have not yet been able to go to an ILCA conference, but that is one of my future goals! I always try to encourage colleagues to join professional organizations and this one clearly has many “perks”.

  28. 15 October 2016 at 19:17 #

    Membership has provided LCERPs I needed to take the IBCLC exam, I am able to stay current on research and provides up-to -date, researched based guidelines for which to build or breastfeeding programs

  29. shahrzad tayebi 15 October 2016 at 23:04 #

    The JHL and the CERPS are amazing! Keeping up todate. As mentioned earleir, I used to get calls from the FALC, but almost none now! I think it’s not really user friendly anymore.

  30. Marilyn Hogan 17 October 2016 at 04:55 #

    The FALC directory is invaluable. I took a sabbatical this year and so have not discovered how the new search format will affect inquiries, but I will find out soon. Having a life-line, a go-to resource on latest world-wide developments is wonderful. And yes, I always like having the latest research information at my fingertips in the JHL and the opportunities for dialogue and support.

  31. Lisa Carroll 19 October 2016 at 06:24 #

    I am fairly new to the profession and appreciate the education and support provided. I did receive a call from a client that found my name on FALC, I was able to assist her and that was an awesome feeling.

  32. Susan Hudler 20 October 2016 at 16:44 #

    Not only is ILCA an amazing organization which advocates for IBCLCs all around the world, but it is comprised of a wonderful sisterhood of Lactation Consultants who do research, who publish, who fight for justice for the field, and who keep the focus on the mother and baby!! Thank you, ILCA, for your many years of commitment and dedication!!

  33. Dorothy Kane 23 October 2016 at 20:25 #

    I appreciate the continuing education offered by ILCA through the JHL and online webinars. Staying current with the latest research helps me to provide evidence-based assistance.

  34. Martha Niedrach 24 October 2016 at 11:21 #

    I have been assisting moms to breastfeed since 1974 and have breastfed my 2 sons and 3 daughters. I became an IBCLC in 1991 and an advanced practice nurse in 1988 after the birth of my last daughter. The education from ILCA and JHL has been excellent and has been incorporated into my own practice privately and professionally over the years. The free CERPS has been a blessing especially since I retired from my Home Care employment and have a reduced income. I continue to practice as an IBCLC and the educational articles have helped to reinforce my practice in offering assistance to moms and infants in their breastfeeding experience.

  35. Lourdes 24 October 2016 at 12:13 #

    Since joining ILCA in 2014, I felt that I was part of a larger lactation consultant community beyond my small world. I love the conferences and the contact with other IBCLCs and the free online training. I think all IBCLCs should belong to ILCA.

  36. Gerdi Wright 13 December 2016 at 09:12 #

    The Find a Lactation Consultant Directory really helped families find me* I loved the free CERPs and to stay in touch with the IBCLC world as we are a few in South Africa*

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