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Want to earn a FREE STANDARD MEMBERSHIP while advancing World Health Transformed through Breastfeeding and Skilled Lactation Care?

Participate in the Each One Reach One program! We respectfully request your help in encouraging your fellow lactation professionals to become members of ILCA.


Participate in the Each One, Reach One Campaign:

This campaign honors those who encourage others to join ILCA. New this year, we are offering a FREE STANDARD MEMBERSHIP to the ILCA member, in each of three categories, who refers the most members. Simply ask your colleagues who chose to join ILCA to include your name in the “Each One, Reach One” section.

Here’s other ways you can help advance the ILCA mission:

Let your colleagues know about ILCA membership and its benefits:

Encourage those who desire to enter the field that they might consider Student Membership:

ILCA offers membership to students enrolled with educational institutions or with lactation course providers at a significantly reduced rate. These student members have access to the full menu of benefits and can access the online Journal of Human Lactation. A member can qualify for student membership for up to two years.

Share how you have benefited from ILCA membership with your networks:

Connect with those in the lactation field via email, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platform and encourage them to join.

If you have questions or need more information concerning ILCA member benefits, student membership, or the Each One, Reach One campaign, please contact us at or visit the ILCA website at


Speakers: Deliver Presentations With Greater Impact

In an ongoing effort to bring ILCA members the tools you need to spread evidence-based information about breastfeeding and advocate for the IBCLC, ILCA partners with organizations that bring training, skills, tools, and more.

ILCA is partnering with Aspire Communications again this year to teach visually interactive presentation techniques. You may have already seen these methods used in various training platforms, such as the WIC Peer Counselor materials, the Business Case for Breastfeeding collection, the Vermont Birth and Beyond platform and the new Coffective Baby Friendly Hospital training initiative.

ILCA has developed a number of opportunities for you to work with Aspire Communications *and* support ILCA.

Aspire book shadowWebinars. Watch this year for free webinars designed to introduce the concepts of visually interactive presentation techniques. These webinars will give you the tools you need to more effectively communicate with your audiences.

New! Aspire Communications Retreat. If you’ve taken the short webinar intro course in the past, this is an opportunity for a deeper, hands-on immersion so you can confidently use the principles right away. Experts onsite will walk you through the learning process with individual attention, regardless of your level of presentation experience.

Even better, you’ll master these skills while basking in Arizona’s balmy, sunny winter weather at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort, February 25-27, 2015. The training includes valuable supporting materials—Aspire’s new Visual Language book series and template package. The book series documents everything you’ll be learning and the template package contains three pre-built master shows you’ll use to quickly assemble what’s known as a presentation platform—a flexible, powerfully visual collection of all your presentation content.

Enrollment in this 3-day event is limited to the first 30 registrants. When enrolling, be sure to use ILCA’s promotional code of ILCA050 and register before January 5th to receive special discounted registration for ILCA members. See more details, costs and registration information here:

You’ll master:

  • All aspects of making and delivering PowerPoint presentations, including little known secrets that transform your talks into truly effective and engaging visual communication
  • Converting bullet points into entertaining and memorable visuals that captivate audiences
  • Building a flexible, hyperlink-based structure called a presentation platform that helps you organize and dynamically display any presentation topic at any moment
  • Including video, meaningful animations, and documents in your presentation materials
  • Building picture stories, picture roles, content graphics and other essential visual strategies
  • Key photography techniques for capturing and building a personalized visual content library

ILCA receives a portion of the proceeds from this event. So, support your organization and sign up today to get these fantastic, career-enhancing skills!


What Members Say About ILCA Membership…

We believe that International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) membership gives you valuable tools for providing evidence-based care to breastfeeding families. But don’t trust us – listen to your fellow members! We reached out to members from all over the world and asked:

WHY are you an ILCA member?

From Nicola O’Byrne (Ireland):

I’m very proud to be an ILCA member. Their membership represents a great example of leadership in our profession. They give wonderful support, guidance and knowledge to all of us as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLCs®). Thank you ILCA!

From Leigh Ann O’Connor (USA):

Being a member of ILCA is essential to my profession as a Private Practice IBCLC. It keeps me “in the know” in my field and keeps me connected to my peers around the world. I believe membership in my professional organization is important as it lets my voice be heard and I believe it is important to support the organization that supports me.

From Roberta Graham de Escobedo (Mexico):

Membership in ILCA means belonging to my “tribe.” Like minded, similarly focused, with shared passions, and fervently dedicated . . . those are some of the characteristics I have found in my fellow ILCA members. I am an ILCA member because I need to know that I am not working in a vacuum, but am a part of a worldwide network of change agents, movers, and shakers.

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From Opal Horvat (USA):

I believe, as part of our profession, one SHOULD belong to our organization of associates and colleagues. It unites us in a way that can be a mighty force. ILCA gives a voice to be heard that is much larger than just my own. I expect that ILCA will speak for us, defend us if needed, and promote us so that we can promote breastfeeding. They are our ambassador in the healthcare field, promoting better policies for a healthier, stronger, and more brilliant world.

Elvis Ngala (Cameroon):

I can’t be any more thankful to be an ILCA member. It has changed so much in my career and professional pursuit. Cameroon is gradually getting the lactation consultant on the map!

Inma Mellado (Spain):

When I passed the IBCLC exam 3 years ago, I decided to look for ways to connect with other IBCLCs. First, I started with the ones in my local and national areas but felt the need to be connected with something more global, which I found with ILCA membership.

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Jo Gilpin (Australia):

Working in isolation in a rural area in South Australia, I consider my ILCA membership essential to my private lactation consultant practice. I appreciate the fact that it is international in focus, therefore giving me the opportunity to view universal breastfeeding information and is a useful connection point with other lactation consultants world wide. My ILCA membership, with all its benefits and services, helps me maintain a high professional standard of service delivery to parents with their babies.

Christine Staricka (USA):

As a hospital-based IBCLC, my ILCA membership is a valuable tool in many ways.  My quick access to the latest research and the archives of the Journal of Human Lactation keep me current and help me educate hospital staff and update hospital lactation policies to reflect the best evidence base.  The articles also give me an international perspective that helps me consider lactation issues from a global scope. Our facility has benefited from my membership when I used my member discount to purchase items for World Breastfeeding Week.  The Members-Only section of the ILCA website provides me with skill-building tools for improving my value as an educator.  As a member of the professional association which supports my credential, I am able to represent the value of the IBCLC when participating in multi-disciplinary projects and teams in the hospital. I am providing better quality clinical care to our patients because of my member benefits. 

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Do you like what you see? Consider ILCA membership.

The new membership package for 2015 includes benefits that allow you to:

If you are new to ILCA and are joining for the first time, you will have full access to all of ILCA’s member benefits as soon as you join.

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If you are a current ILCA member, your 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.

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In addition to our standard membership, also consider our Student membership and Retired membership. Each comes at a reduced cost to encourage all those supporting breastfeeding families to be an ILCA member. Click HERE for more information.

Want to take advantage of our GROUP discounts? These offer you a 10% discount for each individual participating in a group. Group memberships require a minimum of five (5) people to submit their membership applications via mail to the ILCA Office.

We hope you will consider ILCA membership. If you have any questions, please contact


ILCA Releases Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Supporting global policies that protect children’s health is a priority for the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®). We are proud to provide liaisons to the United Nations and stand with them on this important occasion. Watch on Facebook and Twitter for updates from our team who will be attending celebration events in New York City, New York USA this week.

ILCALogo_full_text (2)As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on 20 November, the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is reminded of how far advocacy for children has come—and how much work remains ahead for us to do. We have seen improvements in infant mortality rates, educational possibilities for all children, regardless of gender or socioeconomic status, and better access to quality health care. Yet, a significant number of infant deaths still occur due to poor maternal health and suboptimal breastfeeding practices.

The treaty, which has been ratified and used to drive policy in many nations worldwide, makes a promise to protect the rights of children, which include the right to live, the right to the best healthcare possible, food and safe water to drink, clothing, and a safe place to live. These and other important rights seem like concepts every government would want to adopt and enforce, but there are still nations that have not signed onto the treaty, and not all those nations that have ratified it have fulfilled their obligations under the treaty.

The impact of the business sector on the human rights of the child cannot be underestimated, and the CRC maintains that it is the responsibility of the state to protect children from predatory business practices, to implement and enforce internationally agreed standards concerning children’s rights, health and business, including the World Health Organization International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and relevant subsequent World Health Assembly resolutions.

In observance of this important anniversary, ILCA calls upon its members and partner organizations worldwide to encourage ratification and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, so that we may all continue to improve the health and safety of children everywhere.


Moving Forward: Establishing Partnerships, Mentoring Organizations, Creating Equity and Diversity

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In July 2014, the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) announced a new vision: World health transformed through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care. ILCA’s mission remains the same: Advancing the IBCLC profession worldwide. Out of this new vision have emerged three distinct pathways to help champion the ILCA member and make more relevant the IBCLC Profession in the global arena: establishing partnerships, mentoring developing organizations and creating equity and diversity.

Recognizing the obligation to advance the IBCLC profession worldwide and locally, ILCA has set a new course to extend our global outreach to all IBCLCs.

Establishing Partnerships

ILCA has long had relationships with other organizations. ILCA is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in official relationship with the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO). ILCA is a core partner of World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). ILCA provides official representatives to Codex Alimentarius, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Assembly (WHA), and WHO National Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Coordinators of Industrial Countries. These relationships are strong, and provide opportunity to keep breastfeeding and skilled lactation care in the forefront of the work of these organizations.

ILCA is launching a new initiative by reaching out to like-minded national and regional organizations within the lactation community. The focus of this effort is twofold: to define a formal relationship with global partners and to forge a collaborative network of organizations committed to expanding the reach and impact of the IBCLC profession worldwide. Currently, 21 entities have expressed interest in establishing a formal relationship with ILCA. As this number grows, we anticipate that a more coordinated and collaborative approach to expanding breastfeeding education and services will simultaneously advance the profession and amplify a common voice on the global stage.

Mentoring Developing Organizations

A second important element of ILCA’s global outreach effort is the plan to help foster developing organizations at the local and regional level. Small groups of IBCLCs throughout the world looking for help in moving to the next level are emerging daily. Most lack resources, infrastructure and direction. ILCA plans to serve as the catalyst for these aspiring organizations so they too may help grow the IBCLC profession and become active partners within the breastfeeding community.

Creating Equity and Diversity

Perhaps the most critical pathway to achieving ILCA’s vision rests in our ability to do our part to help create a culture within the field of breastfeeding that truly values equity and diversity. The first lactation summit sponsored jointly by IBLCE, ILCA and LEAARC: Addressing Inequities Within the Lactation Profession was an important step in identifying the barriers to equity and diversity in the profession. The next steps involve training, systematic analysis and strategic planning and the development of action plans to identify and implement the revisions necessary to create equity and diversity within the IBCLC profession.

Recently Cynthia Good Mojab, a member of the 2014 summit design committee, pointed out in her recent commentary entitled Pandora’s Box is Already Open: Answering the Ongoing Call to Dismantle Institutional Oppression in the Field of Breastfeeding that “Every organization that is committed to eliminating inequity in the field of breastfeeding must identify, dismantle, and re-create policies, procedures, practices, customs, and structures in which institutional oppression is encoded.” If we are to overcome these barriers, we must contribute to the creation of a culture of acceptance of the critical importance of equity and diversity. She also stated, “…it’s going to be difficult and we need to have a long-term, big picture outlook. We have much to learn and much to do” (email communication, October 2014).

The Journey Ahead

From many angles, the journey before us appears challenging—from others, exhilarating. ILCA is excited to be part of an initiative to expand and strengthen the global network of breastfeeding organizations within the IBCLC community. Likewise, reaching out to those previously unheard voices to join ILCA on this journey holds great promise. If you are in need of help to organize and inspire those around you to join this cause, we encourage you to contact ILCA today and let us help you create new opportunities for breastfeeding and lactation care in your community or region. Finally, it is only through our collective efforts to build a culture of acceptance of the importance of equity and diversity that the lactation community can realize the global impact needed to truly transform world health. Together we can create a profession that is open to all, reflects and effectively responds to the diversity of people/needs/communities, and creates support for each of us to do the work we love, so together we can transform world health through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care.

If you have questions or comments for our Board of Directors, you may contact them directly or comment here.


All-New Staff Development eCourse to Increase Exclusive Breastfeeding from ILCA and InJoy

The International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) is proud to announce the release of “Practices to Increase Exclusive Breastfeeding: Core Concepts eCourse”, which we have co-produced along with InJoy Birth and Parenting Education. As part of our value to “uphold high standards of professional practice,” we believe that access to quality, standardized education for health professionals is key. This goes hand in hand with our vision of “world health transformed through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care.”


It is no surprise to anyone in the field that training is lacking for healthcare workers in the science and art of lactation and supporting breastfeeding families. InJoy and ILCA have sought to address the challenge with this eCourse, available completely online.

Hospitals who license the course will also find ideas for additional related group activities in the Facilitator’s Guide. It was designed to provide education to in-hospital maternity care staff and highlights both 10 Steps of the the 10 Steps of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative as well as the impact of birthing and postnatal practices on breastfeeding.

For more information and to learn more about how this course might be valuable to you (including the option to view Module 2 in its entirety), please click HERE.

Want to see a sample video?

Check out this one which shows maternity staff how to accommodate skin-to-skin care immediately after birth.



We would love for you to consider this product in two ways:

1. If you work for a hospital or health care facility serving women through childbirth, please share the information about this product with your supervisor or education department.

2. If you are an IBCLC seeking to build your knowledge about the impact of birthing practices and how to support breastfeeding in the early days, consider purchasing the single-user version of this product. For just $35 USD, you will have full access to video, practice tools, handouts, all in an interactive learning environment. Upon completion, you will be eligible for continuing education units, awarded by ILCA. Additional fees apply.

Essential topics covered in the four 20-minute modules:

  • “The Ten Steps” overview, team strategies, and effectively communicating to mothers
  • How to implement skin-to-skin care after vaginal and cesarean births
  • How to teach and assess hunger signs, latch, and infant sucking patterns
  • How and when to help mothers express milk mechanically or by hand

The eCourse includes:

  • Instructive, real-world video examples showing nurses using proven techniques
  • Downloadable practice tools and patient handouts that allow nurses to apply newly-learned concepts right away
  • Engaging case studies, interactive exercises, and quizzes
  • Facilitator’s Guide with ideas for in-service group sessions
  • 1.5 CE credit hours available from ILCA (fees apply)

We strongly encourage YOU to consider how this course could benefit your community or professional growth.


NEW Benefit from ILCA: Earn FREE CERPs!

ILCA Membership BLOG HEADER (1)You were clear in the recent Member Survey: you want and need quality, accessible continuing education.

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLCs®) are required to recertify every five years and are expected to be up-to-date on the latest in evidence-based lactation care.

Get the CERPs you need in the format that works best for you.

To help our members meet this need, the International Lactation Consultant Association® offers many ways members can obtain Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs), including: our annual conference, live webinars, recordings of conference and webinar sessions, and learning modules from the Journal of Human Lactation (JHL).

While the conference and webinars are live, you can also access a selection of our recorded content and the JHL modules at your convenience on the CERPs on Demand portal.

2015 members: earn your free CERPs here

Beginning 1 January 2015, members will be eligible to earn up to 10 free CERPs per year. The list of free CERPs was developed from ILCA’s online bank at the CERPs on Demand portal so that you can complete the CERPs at the time that best meets your needs.

This list was specifically chosen to provide content on a variety of issues that impact the IBCLC community worldwide. We also chose a variety of session types, including conference presentations, webinars, and JHL study modules. The offerings, all of which will be active for the entire 2015 calendar year, include:

Breastfeeding Education for NICU Staff (1 CERP): This session, presented by Anita Moorhead, RN, RM, IBCLC; Annette Auld, IBCLC, RN; and Judith Russell, RN, RM, IBCLC, is a great overview of the implementation of a breastfeeding educational program in the NICU. It also reviews the successes and challenges of providing breastfeeding support to NICU mothers by educating staff. It also raises concern about the need for breastfeeding benchmarks in the NICU.

Vulnerable Population Groups (1 CERP): This presentation, by Kirstin Lock, IBCLC, BSN, CMC, looks at the use of group perinatal care in vulnerable populations. Populations addressed include obese and young mothers, as well as the Chinese, Arabic and the Aborigine populations. It includes a description of the presenter’s local hospital statistics on breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding results and how the programs impacted those rates in the vulnerable populations they were serving.

Breastfeeding the High-Risk Infant (1 CERP): This thought-provoking session offers both a historical perspective and day-to-day challenges faced by members of the neonate’s health care team and is presented by Shakira Lita Ismay Henderson, MPH, RNC-NIC, IBCLC. It reviews common barriers to breastfeeding, benefits of breastfeeding for these infants. In addition, Henderson presents practical strategies and approaches to encourage breastfeeding the high-risk infant. It offers practical ways to speak the language of the NICU team and evidence based practices to back-up interventions that address their concerns.

Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality, Breastfeeding, and Sleep (1.5 CERPs): This presentation, by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA, highlights the disparities in infant mortality for ethnic-minority populations as well as identifies the physiological effects of discrimination on women’s health in general and during pregnancy. The session also explores current policies on bedsharing, unsafe sleep, and breastfeeding rates and the impact they have on infant mortality within these populations.

Milk Sharing: Comparative Risks and Biomedical Ethics (1 CERPs): Dr. Karleen Gribble presents on one of the hottest topics in our field: peer-to-peer milk sharing. Participants in this session will be able to describe the types of risks associated with milk sharing as well as the risks of formula feeding. Mitigation of these risks is also discussed along with the principles of biomedical ethics as they apply to peer-to-peer milk sharing.

Determinants of 6-Month Maternal Satisfaction (1.5 CERPs): This JHL Study Module focuses on the paper by José Labarère, MD, et. al, exploring maternal breastfeeding satisfaction. Although a personally defined experience, successful breastfeeding is usually measured with regard to duration. This study investigated the determinants of maternal satisfaction with breastfeeding experience for 907 mothers enrolled in a prospective cohort study. Eliciting the mother’s expectations regarding breastfeeding duration may help the lactation consultant in providing appropriate guidance.

Maternal Request for In-Hospital Supplementation (1 CERP): Written by Katie DaMota, MAS, IBCLC, et. al, this paper, and accompanying JHL Study Module, seeks to understand the facilitating factors and decision-making processes surrounding maternal request for formula in the early postpartum period. It explores the impact of a lack of preparation, prenatally, for breastfeeding and advocates for interventions to address mothers’ real and perceived barriers.

Ultrasound Imaging of Infant Sucking Dynamics (1 CERP): This paper, written by Vanessa S. Sakalidis, BHlth Sc (Hons), et. al, explores the dynamic process of breastfeeding. Nipple diameters, tongue movement, nipple position, and suck rate were measured during nutritive sucking and non-nutritive sucking from ultrasound scans of the intra-oral cavity during breastfeeding. Milk intake and LATCH scores were also recorded.

Help us choose the final CERP!

studentWe’ve heard your desire to have a say in ILCA decisions that directly impact you and we are giving you the opportunity! We’ve chosen 9 units of CERP offerings and we need YOU to help choose the final one. You can vote in the poll below, which will be open until 23 October 2014. The CERP with the most votes will be added to the final list and become available as a free CERP for members on 1 January 2015. Your choices are:

Plugging In: Listening to the Needs of Mothers: This session is the first of a 4-part series, presented by Cathy Carothers, entitled “Making the Connection: Counseling and Communication Workshop.” It takes an interactive approach to assisting mothers with their infant feeding decisions through the concept of “connection before content.” Communication strategies include rapport-building techniques, emotional triggers that enhance effective and powerful relationship-building with new families, and ways to create a safe environment for women to receive and act on educational messages.  The evidence-based communication principles are so effective they can be used not only with new mothers/clients, but also with difficult co-workers, and even your family! Members will have the opportunity to purchase the 3 additional sessions.

Today’s Mothers are All Thumbs: Cultural Competency for Digital Motherhood: It is no surprise that communication styles have changed drastically over the past years, moving from print media, TV, and discussions among friends to Facebook, podcasts, and blogs.  The mothers we support are HIGHLY engaged online and often seek their health information, including breastfeeding information, from web sources before their health care providers. This presentation, by Amber McCann and Jeanette McCulloch, will identify characteristics of mothers of the “Millennial Generation” and their methods of communications as well as help us to understand the basics of popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. This is the first of a four-session series. The remaining sessions of the series will be available for purchase.

Previous Breastfeeding Difficulty: Supporting the Multiparous Woman to Successfully Breastfeed: With Cynthia Peterson, RM, C&FHN, IBCLC, this session explores how to provide support and guidance to families who have had previous breastfeeding difficulties. This can include exploring their previous experience as well as providing counseling support and referrals.


Our poll is now closed and you OVERWHELMINGLY choose Cynthia Peterson’s Previous Breastfeeding Difficulty: Supporting the Multiparous Woman to Successfully Breastfeed to be added to our list of FREE available CERPs for 2015 ILCA Members. Thank you for taking part and we appreciate all of your votes!


We truly believe that this new benefit will have a significant impact on our field by equipping and educating IBCLCs all over the world. We’ve heard positive feedback from you already and look forward to hearing how you put the things you learn from these sessions into practice. Join or renew now so that you won’t miss out on this incredibly opportunity.

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Fine Print: While we understand that we are offering sessions that have been previously available to ILCA members, we will not be making any substitutions to this list. If you previously purchased an included session, no refunds will be given or substitutions made. We are providing this benefit to all members (with the exception of short-term trial members). All sessions must be completed by 31 December 2015 to receive the free benefit.


NOW is the Time! Registration Open for 2015 Membership

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Today is the day!

Registration is now open for 2015 membership with ILCA. 

Join Now

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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.

We encourage all ILCA members to also join their regional or national affiliates.

ILCA Offers You MORE in 2015!

The new membership package for 2015 includes benefits that allow you to:

Join or Renew Now!

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. As soon as you join, you will have full access to all of ILCA’s member benefits.

Join Now

If you are a current ILCA member, your 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.

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In addition to our standard membership, also consider our Student membership and Retired membership. Each comes at a reduced cost to encourage all those supporting breastfeeding families to be an ILCA member. Click HERE for more information.

Want to take advantage of our GROUP discounts? These offer you a 10% discount for each individual participating in a group. Group memberships require a minimum of five (5) people to submit their membership applications via mail to the ILCA Office.

If you have any questions, please contact


ILCA Offers You MORE in 2015: Membership Details

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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.

Stay Connected:

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.

Save Money:

Get significant discounts on all of ILCA’s continuing educational opportunities, webinars, CERP modules, the ILCA bookstore, and our annual conference!

And MORE!:

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 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!

If you have any questions, please contact


Announcing a NEW Membership Structure for ILCA

ILCALogo_full_text (2)As the International Lactation Consultant Assocation® (ILCA®) prepares to begin our campaign for our 2015 Membership year, we want to make you aware of changes to our membership structure. We deeply value all members of the lactation field and we have put significant effort into identifying and delivering the services most important to you. We are also evolving to meet our vision of “World Health Transformed through Breastfeeding and Skilled Lactation Care.”

Up until now, ILCA members who lived in the United States, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand had their membership “bundled” with one of our Partner Affiliate organizations (In the U.S., you are bundled with the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA); in Canada, with the Canadian Lactation Consultant Association (CLCA); and in Australia and New Zealand, with the Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ)).

This means that, when a member joined ILCA, they automatically received membership in the national or regional organization in their area. For example, our Canadian members were automatically signed up for both ILCA and CLCA. The membership fee was divided between the two groups and members received the benefits of both, independently administered, organizations.

That is now changing. Members living in the areas served by our Partner Affiliates will no longer be required to join both the international organization (ILCA) and their respective regional organizations (USLCA, CLCA, and LCANZ).

Recognizing the potential benefits, ILCA and the Partner Affiliates have considered this action for some time. The primary rationale for this decision is to provide our existing members the opportunity to freely choose membership based on their needs and objectives and to provide potential members greater latitude to join like-minded local, national and/or international organization(s) that are within their budget. This new option will allow all the organizations to run more effectively and meet the unique needs of their particular region.

Additionally, the ILCA Board of Directors has renewed our commitment to strengthen and expand our affiliate relationships WORLDWIDE. Until now, ILCA has been intently focused on our three Partner Affiliates, often to the detriment of organizations and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) in other countries. This renewed commitment to emerging IBCLC institutions will allow ILCA to help elevate these organizations to the world stage by providing much needed organizational support.

Of course, ILCA remains strongly committed to our current affiliates and the needs of IBCLCs in those countries. If we are to truly embrace our vision of world health transformed through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care, we will need effective partnerships with both established and emerging affiliates. And most importantly, we need you: individuals committed to advancing the IBCLC profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research.

Finally, we strongly encourage everyone to join both ILCA and your local or national professional association, in order to support efforts to advance the IBCLC profession both worldwide and in your community.

Together, these steps to remove the membership requirement and to strengthen ILCA’s global outreach are major initiatives with far-reaching benefits.  We look forward to continuing to serve you and hope you will renew your upcoming membership and partner with us to meet these exciting goals. Look for additional information about your membership renewal coming to you soon.

Sincerely, on behalf of the ILCA Board of Directors,

DSC03591Decalie Brown, RN, CM, IBCLC, CFHN, BHMtg
President (2014-16)


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