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2015 Conference & Annual Meeting
International Lactation Consultant Association

July 22-25, 2015 • Breastfeeding in the Real World: Meeting the Challenges

Location | Registration | Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities | Travel & Transportation

Silent Auction | Organized Tours and Activities

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Plan to attend our profession’s premier conference!

The ILCA Annual Conference is the premier lactation education and professional development event of the year. The Conference provides a rich learning environment for lactation professionals, midwives, child and family health nurses, general practitioners, physicians, dieticians and nutritionists, breastfeeding counselors, researchers, pharmacists, nurses, doulas, policy advocates and other advocates who assist mothers and babies with breastfeeding. It offers current and aspiring International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®) information on cutting-edge evidence-based practice and research in optimal breastfeeding care and support for mothers and babies.

The 2014 conference focuses on what mothers experience in the real world. What we teach is not always what mothers do!  Explore the choices, challenges, and customs of mothers in the real world. Leave the conference with a greater understanding and skills in helping mothers from diverse cultures and lifestyles fit breastfeeding for their lives.


JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Phoenix is known as the heart of the Sonoran Desert and the gateway to the Grand Canyon. It is a city rich with culture, art, attractions, and events all surrounded by a beautiful desert scenery. This timeless Southwestern backdrop is the perfect setting for family vacations and weekend adventures.

The award-winning JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa features guest rooms and suites with private balconies or patios, along with beautiful mountain views. A discounted rate of US$149 single/$169 double room will be given to ILCA registrations for room stays between July 20 and July 30, 2014. When reserving a room, be sure to mention that you are attending the ILCA Conference in order to receive the special ILCA discounted rate.

Hotel reservations can be made by calling the JW Marriott directly at 1-800-228-9290 from the United States and Canada. You may also reserve your room online using the hotel’s secure website at Reservations must be made by June 17, 2014, to be eligible for the discounted rate.


Online RegistrationConference Brochure | Conference Registration Form

ILCA Members in North America will receive the conference brochure in the mail. Please email if your copy does not arrive. Members in other parts of the world may receive a hard copy of the brochure upon request. Conferences fees are payable in US dollars. Please note you are responsible for any foreign exchange fees from other currencies.

Registration Includes:

  • A variety of education sessions with 20.5 CERPs
  • Breakfast, refreshments and lunch daily
  • Ticket to all receptions hosted by ILCA
  • Admission to the Exhibit Hall with 70+ exhibits and Silent Auction
  • Dedicated time for networking with colleagues around the world
  • Access to committee meetings and special interest groups

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Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities

Exhibitor Prospectus | Exhibit Hall Floor Plan

Businesses can reach hundreds of lactation professionals at an ILCA Conference. We expect up to 800 delegates from around the world will attend the 2014 Conference. They are highly educated lactation professionals who have influence with expectant and new parents and healthcare organizations. This is your opportunity to ensure that these professionals become knowledgeable about your products and services.

Need more information on sponsorship and exhibit opportunities? Please contact Amanda Joslin, ILCA Director of Conferences, at +1 919-459-6101 or by email at

Travel & Transportation

Booking Your Air Travel
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the main airport serving the Greater Phoenix area. The hotel does not provide airport shuttle service. A special discount for conference delegates is available for transportation with Super Shuttle. You may reserve a discounted seat on Super Shuttle online at For the discount, enter “ILCAX” in the Group/Discount field on the first page of the website when making your reservations. Discounts do not apply to exclusive vans or pre-existing reservations and only reservations made by booking and paying online will receive discounts.

Self-parking at the hotel is complimentary. For up-to-date rates on valet parking, please visit the hotel’s website.

For special Conference rates on car rentals, please contact Avis at 800-331-1600 and use ILCA’s Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number B1592324 or go to The discount is available 7 days before and after Conference.

Daily Shuttle Transportation
The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa provides complimentary shuttle service for hotel guests to Desert Ridge Marketplace and CityNorth. When onsite, please pick up a copy of the shuttle transportation times at the hotel front desk. Copies will also be available at the Conference registration desk.

Passport & Visa
Most Canadian citizens and many citizens from Visa Waiver Program countries can enter the United States without a visa if they meet certain requirements. To find the most suitable visa, check eligibility, or learn about visa extensions, visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) at