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The policy of the New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA) is to encourage all interns to strive to become models of excellence in breastfeeding care. This means going above and beyond merely meeting requirements and passing exams, but building a lifelong desire to continually improve services for parents and their infants in a professional manner and to foster the collaboration and teamwork among others who assist them.
The array of professionals and volunteers offering services to support breastfeeding can sometimes be confusing. Since the New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA) is a professional organization for lactation consultants, the majority of our members have one or more credentials in lactation and healthcare. NYLCA only uses the term lactation consultant to refer to IBCLCs.
If you are interested in finding out more information about how to donate or acquire donor milk, the New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA) encourages you to act locally. Just as with any other perishable food item, distance increases the costs and energy consumed to ensure that donor milk reaches the recipient in as close to its original state as possible. Since donor milk must be kept cold, the costs of transporting for long distances is high.