Mission & Vision


The United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) is the professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs)and other health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families. USLCA membership is open to all who support and promote breastfeeding; you can join at anytime and do NOT need to be an IBCLC to be a member!

Mission: To advance the IBCLC with in the United States through leadership, advocacy, professional development and research.

Vision: The IBCLC is the recognized professional authority in lactation care in the United States.


  • Uphold high standards of professional practice
  • Respect and promote cultural diversity
  • Collaborate with integrity in relationships
  • Operate nationally while being mindful of regional, local and Individual needs
  • Demonstrate responsibility to our community by promoting the best lactation care for the foundation of good health

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: USLCA is organized and shall be operated exclusively for the educational, charitable, and scientific purposes as contemplated by 501(c)(3) the United States Internal Revenue Code. More specifically, the purposes of USLCA are to:

  • To protect the public by advocating for the US Lactation Professional in the United States of America, to promote recognition of the US Lactation Professional within the health care community, continued improvement in skills of related to lactation care, expansion of the literature relevant to lactation consultants and such other activities as may hereafter be brought under the auspices of USLCA for such purposes;
  • To provide for education opportunities for the IBCLC and other health care workers concerned with breastfeeding and related issues;
  • To heighten recognition of the consequences of artificial feeding of infants and children;
  • To cooperate with other organizations whose aims and objectives, in whole or in part, are similar to those of the Association;
  • To foster communication, networking and mutual support amongst USLCA members;
  • To advocate for USLCA members and advise relevant authorities on issues of concern to the Association's members;
  • To uphold high standards of professional practice;
  • Foster awareness of breastfeeding and human milk feeding as important measures for health promotion and disease prevention;
  • To encourage research in all aspects of human lactation;

Support the world-wide implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and other subsequent World Health Assembly resolutions which are consistent with the goals and objectives of USLCA.