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.