VALUES, VISION, & MISSION

 

About ILCA 

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

OUR CORE VALUES

African American breastfeeding mother receives lactation support. ILCA provides the knowledge needed by lactation consultants.
We believe knowledge guides our practice, strengthens our value, and supports our role in transforming world health.
Hispanic mother happily breastfeeds her baby. ILCA supports diversity for all breastfeeding families.
We foster an inclusive environment that supports leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research from varied perspectives.
Young Indian mothers receive breastfeeding support in a hospital setting. ILCA values equity so that all families can find a lactation consultant.
We support global access to skilled lactation care and the IBCLC profession.

OUR VISION

World health transformed through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care.

 

OUR MISSION

To advance the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research.

 

OUR AREAS OF IMPACT

As we move forward, we will measure each idea, decision, program, and initiative against these Core Values and determine how they will impact our three primary areas of impact: our members, the IBCLC profession, and the world.


OUR GOALS

All ILCA projects and programs work toward at least one of the following:

Provide innovative education and networking.

Provide access to and interpretation of lactation research.

Build capacity for future leaders.

Champion the IBCLC as the premiere lactation credential.

Advance breastfeeding on the global agenda.

 

OUR STRATEGIC MAP

The strategic map brings together our vision, mission, areas of impact, and goals and provides a visual representation of the map that will chart the future of ILCA.  See the ILCA Strategic Map here.


POLICY STATEMENT on CREATING a SAFE and INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT

ILCA is an equal opportunity volunteer organization and employer committed to principles of the broadest form of diversity. We foster an inclusive environment that supports leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research from varied perspectives. We support global access to skilled lactation care and the IBCLC profession. Therefore, speech and actions that create an unsafe space for employees, volunteers, or attendees at ILCA conferences or other public forums, who are members of social groups historically or systematically targeted by systems of oppression, are not permissible. This includes, but is not limited to, engaging in oppressive language and behavior on the basis of race, sex, class, gender identity/expression, religion, sexual orientation, age, nationality, ethnicity, and ability.


ILCA GLOBAL PARTNER PROGRAM

Organizations around the world – from established international organizations to emerging national and regional groups – are all working toward improving breastfeeding outcomes. Imagine the impact if these groups had a way to link together goals, break down barriers, and pursue common objectives.

ILCA's Global Partner Program is facilitating dialogue and creating new linkages among organizations at the international, national, regional, and local level. Our goal: creating new synergies that support international, national, and regional programs while simultaneously identifying and facilitating the needs of emerging breastfeeding-related organizations.

 

Learn More about the Global Partners Program