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Affiliates of ILCA are legally constituted, regional organizations that share common or similar values and purpose with ILCA. As depicted in the ILCA Organizational Chart, there are two levels of affiliation with ILCA:

  • Partner (Tier 1)
  • Associate (Tier 2)

Partner Affiliates (Tier 1) consist of those organizations that subscribe to the same values, vision, and mission of ILCA. In addition, each Partner Affiliate

  1. has an independent Board of Directors and bylaws,
  2. has joint members who are common to both ILCA and the Affiliate, and
  3. has established a formal written agreement with ILCA outlining specific tenants of cooperation, commonality and support.

Associate Affiliates (Tier 2) consist of those organizations whose values and purpose are the same or similar to those of ILCA, but whose vision and mission may differ from ILCA’s in some respects. In addition, each Associate Affiliate

  1. has membership consisting of the sufficient number of ILCA members so as to meet the minimum percentage of total membership as prescribed by the ILCA Board of Directors and
  2. has applied for and been formally accepted as an affiliate by the ILCA Board of Directors.

Affiliate Benefits

Joining your local affiliate allows you to network with lactation consultants and others working to promote and support breastfeeding in your own area. Many affiliates offer conferences and other educational meetings so that members may enhance their clinical skills, keep current on the latest information and earn continuing education credits (CERPs).

Find an Affiliate in your Area

Partner Affiliates
Australia and New Zealand – Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ)
Canada – Canadian Lactation Consultant Association (CLCA/ACCL)
United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA)

Associate Affiliates
Germany – Berufsverband Deutscher Laktations (BDL)
Ireland – Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland (ALCI)
Israel – Association of Certified Lactation Consultants (IACLC)
Italy – Associazione Italiana Consulenti Professionali in Allattamento Materno (AICPAM)
Japan – Japanese Association of Lactation Consultants (JALC)
Korea – Korean Lactation Consultant Association (KLCA)
United Kingdom – Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB)

Join Today

Those seeking to join an existing affiliate may contact your local affiliate or contact ILCA at If you are looking to establish a new affiliation with ILCA, please contact ILCA at for further information.