THE NEW YORK LACTATION CONSULTANT ASSOCIATION (NYLCA)
NYLCA is a professional association for Registered Lactation Consultants in the New York Metropolitan area. Our mission is to build professional recognition for these consultants and their services.
Our goals are:
Create Awareness among parents by listing various services offered by our members and describing what they should expect from our members
Foster Accountability of our members by encouraging them to abide by ethical and professional standards
Inspire Respect for our members by enhancing their professional skills and knowledge through conferences, workshops, and meetings
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Breastfeeding Report Card for 2010 acknowledges that most mothers want to breastfeed and do give it a try. Neverthless, women may not be getting the help they need to continue for the recommended duration. Among other measures, the CDC suggests that "A strong statewide group of professional breastfeeding experts (IBCLCs) is needed to assist the mother-infant pair, create and administer lactation programs, and educate other health professionals about breastfeeding." The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding has acknowledged that "International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are the only health care professionals certified in lactation care. They have specific clinical expertise and training in the clinical management of complex problems with lactation." And this report also includes the strategy to "provide reimbursement for IBCLCs independent of their having other professional certification or licensure."
In addition, because IBCLC's are registered, consumers can readily verify their status. Anyone can call themselves a "lactation consultant" because the term is not trade marked. No one can call themselves by the trademarked term "Registered Lactation Consultant" without meeting the rigorous criteria of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).