The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is the professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®) and other healthcare professionals who care for breastfeeding families.

We have created online communities with the goal of stimulating dialogue on global breastfeeding advocacy in a safe and productive manner. 

When posting on our social media sites, we ask that you:

Keep it friendly and positive. We are here to support one another as we provide and expand breastfeeding support worldwide.

Stay focused on ILCA's values, vision, and mission. Our primary goal is creating a dialogue that will help to transform world health through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care. While we understand that many of our supporters may be active in other issues, we ask that you not post on topics that may divide our community. These include politics, religion, and circumcision (except when these topics are within the scope of lactation and are handled with respect for all community members).

Promotion of products/services. Please do not promote your business, sell items, fundraise for organizations other than ILCA, or otherwise conduct business in our community. If you would like to promote an event and are unsure if it falls within our guidelines, please contact us at

Personal attacks: Please manage disagreements thoughtfully and respectfully. We value the conversations that will help us all learn more by engaging in healthy dissent. Please ensure that your comments respectfully articulate your disagreement with a person's ideas and do not attack the individual. We will protect our community as a safe space by deleting comments that are abusive or do not respect community members. Any poster whose comments are deleted more than twice will be subject to sanctions or banned from our social media communities.

Respect all members of our community: Comments that are racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic will not be tolerated. Similarly, comments that are not supportive of people of different abilities, sizes, or religions are prohibited and will be deleted.

No medical advice. No information that ILCA shares should be construed as medical advice. Our site cannot provide medical advice online or respond to specific requests for support around a specific issue. Please contact your healthcare provider for healthcare concerns. To find a lactation consultant in your community, please refer to our Find a Lactation Consultant Directory.

Keep your personal information safe. We strongly discourage you from sharing personal information, such as your phone, address, or email address in any social media platform that we maintain.

Ensure copyrights and personal information are protected. Please do not share photos, videos, or other information that is copyrighted or for which you do not have permission to share.

Please present your questions about our community policy to a moderator. If you have questions about this policy, please email us at Social media is intended to be used as a forum for discussion that will help to transform world health through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care. Please do not post publicly questions about why your comment was deleted. If you are truly unsure, contact us and we'll be happy to share our reasoning.