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About ILCA

The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is the professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®) and other health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families. ILCA membership is open to all who support and promote breastfeeding; you can join at any time and do not need to be an IBCLC to become a member.

Our Values:

  1. Respect individual and cultural diversity
  2. Operate globally while being mindful of national, regional, local and individual needs
  3. Uphold high standards of professional practice

Our Vision: World health transformed through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care.

Our Mission: To advance the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research.

Click here to view the ILCA Strategic Plan.

Click here to view the ILCA Organizational Chart.

ILCA is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in official relationship with

ILCA provides official representatives to many organizations, including:

Please read the President's Letter to learn more about ILCA's current activities in promoting the profession of lactation consultancy worldwide.