Aims & Objectives
Lactation Consultants Do?
Lactation Consultants Work?
are Lactation Consultants accessed?
Role of the Executive
The New Zealand
Lactation Consultants Association (NZLCA) is the
professional association of the International Board
Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in New Zealand.
NZLCA members have all passed a fully accredited
examination set by the International Board of Lactation
Consultants Examiners (IBLCE). The title ‘International
Board Certified Lactation Consultant’ (IBCLC) can only
be used by persons who are IBCLC Certified and provided
that they submit to periodic re-certification procedures
mandated by IBLCE.
for education provided by NZLCA for members and
interested health professionals include workshops, and
conferences which cover many aspects of lactation, often
provided by international presenters. These enable the
Lactation Consultant to keep current with research and
topical issues and help gain education points for
Local groups meet
informally to discuss relevant issues at intervals
during the year.
To support the International Code of Marketing
of Breast Milk Substitutes, interpreted by the World
Health Organisation and the World Health Assembly.
To provide educational opportunities and
collegial support for member IBCLCs.
To provide education, opportunities and support
in relation to breastfeeding and lactation, for
To contribute to the normalisation of
breastfeeding in New Zealand society and to a
reduction in demand for breast milk substitutes.
To raise community awareness of the unique
properties of human milk and the implications of
infant feeding choices throughout the life course.
To make representations to relevant authorities
on issues of concern to Lactation Consultants and to
serve as an advisory body for such authorities.
To evaluate goods and services used by
breastfeeding women and to liaise with suppliers and
To enable access to individual Lactation
Consultants and their services in New Zealand.
To co-operate with other organisations within
New Zealand and overseas having aims and objectives
in whole or part similar to those of NZLCA.
To encourage, stimulate, establish funds for
and aid research and investigation into all aspects
of lactation and infant feeding.
Why Lactation Consultants?
Lactation Consultants believe that
breastfeeding matters to women and their babies. Almost
all New Zealand women breastfeed, but some wean earlier
than they would like, due to problems that are avoidable
or manageable. A Lactation Consultant can make a
difference between giving up, and continuing to
breastfeed for as long as mother and baby wish.
What Do Lactation Consultants Do?
The Lactation Consultant is the main
resource for anyone requiring assistance or needing to
know more about special breastfeeding and lactation
problems or about the importance of human milk. The
Lactation Consultant advocates for breastfeeding as the
norm for babies and toddlers.
Lactation Consultants Work?
Lactation Consultants are:
Clinical Specialists in hospitals
and the community
Childbirth & Parent Educators
Well Child & Paediatric Nurses
Midwives & Doctors
Practice Nurses &
Researchers, Teachers & Writers
Lactation Consultants accessed?
Women may self refer or be referred by:
La Leche League
Well Child Providers
The role of the
executive is to administer the national affairs and
business of the association on behalf of the
members. This is governed by the
of the association.