New York Lactation
What Services Do We Offer For Parents?
Information About Services for Parents
If you are expecting, a prenatal class may help you to set the stage for a healthy breastfeeding relationship. If your baby has (or babies have) already arrived, attending a breastfeeding group may provide you with reassurance as you learn how to breastfeed. If you encounter more significant problems feeding your baby, you may appreciate the increased attention and focus that a lactation consultant is able to provide during a private consultation in your home or in an office. If you have a special circumstance that might require donor milk or if you have a surplus of milk that you want to donate, you may want to find out more about milk banks and local availability. Before you hire a lactation consultant, you may find it helpful to read the Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Clients.
During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, read a blog about keeping mom's own milk safe.
The New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA) has members who offer services in:
- all five boroughs of New York City
- many of the counties in the TriState Area
- New York: Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, and Westchester Counties,
- New Jersey: Hudson and Bergen Counties, and
- Connecticut: Fairfield County
For services in Long Island check out the Long Island Lactation Consultant Association
If you work with breastfeeding families, find out what we have to offer providers of breastfeeding care.
NYLCA has verified that all the lactation consultants on this website are registered by the IBLCE as board certified as of October 2012. NYLCA requires service providers to follow the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. Following this Code ensures that recommendations are based on your baby's needs, not on the need to sell a product.
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 certication or licensure." In addition, IBCLCs also have the distinction in that they that are registered so consumers can readily verify their status. Anyone can call themseves 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).