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May 2022
We exist to empower and advocate for holders of the IBCLC® credential in the marketplace, in legislation and in policy. Our vision is to advance health by ensuring access to care by persons holding the IBCLC® credential. 
NLCA provides comments to US Preventive Services Task Force
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) makes evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications. All recommendations are published on the Task Force’s Web site and/or in a peer-reviewed journal. The Task Force assigns each recommendation a letter grade based on the strength of the evidence and the balance of benefits and harms of a preventive service.
The current breastfeeding recommendation, published in 2016, is in the process of being updated in a multi-step manner, with NLCA providing comments on the first step - the draft research plan. NLCA called for clarity in the descriptions of lactation personnel including the IBCLC, broadening the research review to include high quality studies rather than limiting the review to only randomized controlled studies, the use of more precise terms, and evaluating harm caused by poor, inaccurate, outdated, or no breastfeeding interventions.
The current recommendation statement that is being updated is available here.  
Registration is now open for our upcoming Workshop Series: The Summer of the IBCLC®! 
This series of two three-hour workshops will focus on the IBCLC® in the hospital setting. Application has been made for 3 hours of continuing education credits for IBCLCs, RNs, and RDs for each workshop.
Purchase tickets to one workshop, both workshops, or both summer workshops plus the recording of our recent workshop, Moving the IBCLC® Forward: A Workshop on Improving Access to Clinical Care (awarded 3 E-CERPS, or three hours of CE for RNs and RDs) for a total of 9 hours of continuing education.
Workshops will be recorded and available after the event to those who cannot attend live.
Workshop One: July 30, 1:00-4:30 pm ET
How to be an Effective Hospital-Based IBCLC
  • Session 1: Optimal Lactation Care in the Hospital Setting
  • Session 2: It’s Just the Milk - Why Bother Breastfeeding in the NICU?
  • Session 3: Advocating for the IBCLC in the Hospital Setting
Faculty: Rebecca Mannel, MPH, IBCLC, FILCA; Sylvia Edwards, RN, MS, APN, IBCLC; Teresa McCullen, BA, IBCLC, Lic. LC; Claire Eden, BA, IBCLC, Lic. LC; Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC
Workshop Two: August 27, 1:00-4:30 pm ET
Extending your Reach Beyond Patient Care
  • Session 1: Opportunities for Breastfeeding Support in a Pediatric Hospital
  • Session 2: Improving Outcomes Through Motivational Interviewing
  • Session 3: A Data and Team Driven Approach to becoming a Baby Friendly Hospital
Faculty: Ginger Carney, MPH, RDN, LDN, IBCLC, FILCA, FAND; Glenda Dickerson, MS, RN, IBCLC; Sylvia Edwards, RN, MS, APN, IBCLC

Click here to register or visit

Meet the Board 

Each month, we introduce to you a different NLCA Board Member. Our board is made up of current and former Board Members of ILCA®, USLCA, IBLCE®, HMBANA, Baby-Friendly USA and many state breastfeeding coalitions. We are current and former Editors of the Journal Clinical Lactation, members of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Human Lactation and authors of numerous journal manuscripts and textbooks. We are attorneys, APNs, RNs, Dietitians, University Faculty Members and LLL leaders and we are all holders of IBCLC® certification.
In board news this month, Claire Eden, BA, IBCLC, Lic. LC was co-author in a Perspectives article in the Journal of Perinatology on US state policies for Medicaid coverage of donor human milk. Ginger Carney, MPH, RDN, LDN, IBCLC, FILCA, FAND recently testified before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations on the Infant Formula Crisis.  
Sylvia Edwards

Sylvia Edwards, RN, MS, APN, IBCLC is a graduate of Case Western Reserve and began nursing practice in pediatrics. She received her MS as a Pediatric CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist) and Nurse Administrator at Ohio State University, a post graduate degree as an FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) and PhD course work studies at the University of South Carolina. She entered academia after starting a family, with roles from Instructor to Associate Professor. Her administrative roles included Nurse Manager, Director of Quality Assurance, Director of Nursing, VP/CNO of Nursing and VP of Patient Care. Throughout her career Sylvia has served as a Board member for numerous community service organizations and a coordinator and speaker for many state and national conferences.
As an IBCLC®, Sylvia led University of Alabama at Birmingham through their journey to become designated as Baby-Friendly. She served  the United States Breastfeeding Committee as SE Regional Representative and United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) representative. She served two terms on USLCA’s Board of Directors. She is past president and current board member of the Alabama Breastfeeding Committee, Alabama Lactation Consultant Association, and the Breastfeeding Education Support Team. Sylvia was a founding Board Member and is current president of the Mother’s Milk Bank of Alabama, and a founding member of National Lactation Consultant Alliance (NLCA), serving as NLCA's first president.
Sylvia’s favorite role has been raising 3 amazing children with her supportive husband and being blessed with 7 grandchildren. Retired from full- time employment, she continues to be active in community service as a mentor to many aspiring to the IBCLC® certification and as a Lactation Consultant at Saint Vincent Hospital.
WHO report on scope and impact of digital marketing of infant formula
A new World Health Organization (WHO) report titled Scope and impact of digital marketing strategies for promoting breast-milk substitutes has outlined the digital marketing techniques designed to influence the decisions new families make on how to feed their babies.

Through tools like apps, virtual support groups or ‘baby-clubs’, paid social media influencers, promotions and competitions and advice forums or services, formula companies can buy or collect personal information and send personalized promotions to new pregnant women and mothers.

The report summarizes findings of new research that sampled and analyzed 4 million social media posts about infant feeding published between January and June 2021 using a commercial social listening platform. These posts reached 2.47 billion people and generated more than 12 million likes, shares, or comments. You may review the report here.

What can we do? We invite you to review NLCA's recent statement on the  US Infant Formula Shortage and the IBCLC®

Two new documents on NLCA website on licensure & reimbursement and IBCLC preparation resources

Many wishing to become an IBCLC® face challenges in securing the needed elements of education, clinical hours, and the funds necessary to accomplish IBCLC® certification. Until now, there has been no site that compiles all this information into one place. NLCA has created a resource page listing sources for college preparation, lactation specific education, accruing clinical hours, and funding for IBCLC® preparation. We welcome you to contact us with additions to this document to best help those aspiring to the IBCLC® credential reach their goal.

Visit our website to review a list of resources for becoming an IBCLC®. 

NLCA has received many inquiries regarding IBCLC® licensure, reimbursement, and equity. We have assembled some of these questions with answers, and we encourage you to listen to our recorded webinar on these topics, Moving the IBCLC® Forward: A Workshop on Improving Access to Clinical Care (awarded 3 E-CERPS, or three hours of CE for RNs and RDs). Ordering instructions are available on our website or click here to go straight to purchasing a ticket on Eventbrite. As always, please feel free to contact NLCA with your questions or concerns and consider joining one of our committees to work on these issues.
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