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Get Involved

Become a Member

 The New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA) offers two types of membership.

If you are an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) we welcome you to consider joining as an IBCLC Member for a full range of benefits.

If you are not an IBCLC, but want to become one or you with breastfeeding mothers in some other professional or a volunteer capacity, we welcome you to consider joining as an Affiliate Member.

      • $50 FOR IBCLC MEMBERS

      • $30 FOR AFFILIATE MEMBERS

All NYLCA members receive discounts on NYLCA events and may post their group classes, support groups, and clinics on our website. IBCLC members may also list contact information for their one-on-one home and office consults. Only IBCLC members may hold board positions or chair committees, but our affiliates are welcome on all of our committees.

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Volunteer with NYLCA

Join a Committee

Committees are formed based on interest and need and approved by the officers of the Executive Board. Committee Chairs and Members are voluntary positions. A committee chair or committee member must also be a member of the New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA).

Current committees:


Become a Coordinator

Coordinators are appointed by the officers of the Executive Board to fulfill specific long-term tasks that require a substantial time commitment.

Please contact the Executive Board if you have ideas about creating additional coordinator positions and/or creating a revenue source to sustain such positions.


Become a Liaison

Liaison positions are voluntary and approved by officers of the Executive Board. A liaison must be a member of the New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA) and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

 

NYLCA Board

The officers of the Executive Board of the New York Lactation Consultant Association voluntarily serve a two-year commitment. An officer must be a member of the New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA) and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). NYLCA members can vote for candidates for the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer at the Annual General Meetings in June.

 
 
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Crystal S Alexander, RN, BSN, IBCLC

President

Crystal Alexander is a proud member of NYLCA. She is employed full time as a lactation consultant at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She also has her own lactation private practice. Crystal is a member of the New Jersey Breastfeeding Coalition. To continue her growth and development as a lactation consultant, Crystal attends workshops regularly. She is dedicated to helping perfect her craft and better serve her clients. Her vision is to help develop NYLCA by networking with practitioners from all over the state of New York to increase access for breastfeeding help to all women in need. Crystal encourages IBCLCs to reach out to each other and provide support to new lactation consultants so that there can be a community speaking up for the rights of breastfeeding mothers! 

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Stephanie Wagner, BSN, RNC, IBCLC, RLC

Treasurer

I still consider myself new to NYLCA and the IBCLC community. I am constantly learning on a daily basis, and every dyad interaction teaches me something new. I look at breastfeeding as a global health issue, and I want to do my part to combat that by getting evidenced-based health information and support out to as many moms and babies as possible. One of the best ways to do that is to become more involved in our organizations, such as NYLCA. My vision for NYLCA and our community is to stay a strong root and resource for each other, as well as the profession as a whole. Professional breastfeeding organizations, especially on the state or federal level, should be household words for any breastfeeding parent.

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Denise McDonald, IBCLC

Secretary

Denise McDonald is a certified IBCLC in private practice and lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn with her husband and 2 sons. Providing safe, competent and evidence-based care to families seeking support to achieve their breastfeeding goals. I’ve supported mothers with low milk supply, oversupply, mastitis, blocked ducts, and back to work concerns among many other breastfeeding concerns. I am a member of New York Lactation Consultants Association (NYLCA), International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), and United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) and keep up-to-date by attending conferences and webinars related to my field.

List Your Services

The New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA) requires that any individual whose services are listed on our website:

  • accurately portray their professional qualifications

  • maintain current liability insurance

  • abide by the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk

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  • maintain current membership with NYLCA

  • attend at least one NYLCA event every 12 months

  • provide a link on their own website to the NYLCA website

NYLCA also requires that any lactation consultant whose services are listed on this website:

  • maintain board certified status on the registry of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners

  • abide by the NYLCA Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Clients Seeking a Lactation Consultant

  • be an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant to list office and/or home visits

  • demonstrate that you have appropriate training and experience in peer counseling and education to list Peer Support Groups.

  • demonstrate that you have appropriate training and experience in breastfeeding education to list Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes.

    Failure to comply with the above guidelines may result in removal from the website.

    You may contact the NYLCA Ethics Committee if you believe that a provider on this website is not complying with these terms.

Become an IBCLC

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Education + Mentorship = Certification

Becoming a great IBCLC means going above and beyond merely meeting requirements and passing exams. It means 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 International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners IBCLE is the body that sets the requirements for board certification. While there are many short cram courses that might be cobbled together in such a way that it is possible to pass the exam for becoming a lactation consultant, a comprehensive course facilitated by practicing lactation consultants such as that offered by the Association for IBCLC Certification is likely to be more effective and enriching.

The New York Lactation Consultant Association offers a variety of events such as conferences, workshops, and meetings to gain additional credits towards your board certification. The intensive workshops in the Masters of Lactation Series, provide an opportunity for interns and others who wish to hone their skills to meet in small, interactive groups with various "masters" of lactation. This provides a setting in which to augment the basics with much more detailed and focused learning.

Course work is necessary but not sufficient to becoming an effective lactation consultant. Experience matters; not just your own personal experiences with breastfeeding, but working with women who may have a very different perspectives and personal experiences than your own. NYLCA can assist you by creating opportunities to intern with mentors.