Aims & Objectives
About Lactation Consultants
     Why Lactation Consultants?
     What Do Lactation Consultants Do?
     Where Do Lactation Consultants Work?
     How are Lactation Consultants accessed?

NZLCA Executive Members
     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.

Opportunities 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 re-certification.

Local groups meet informally to discuss relevant issues at intervals during the year.



  1. To support the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes, interpreted by the World Health Organisation and the World Health Assembly.

  2. To provide educational opportunities and collegial support for member IBCLCs.

  3. To provide education, opportunities and support in relation to breastfeeding and lactation, for health professionals.

  4. To contribute to the normalisation of breastfeeding in New Zealand society and to a reduction in demand for breast milk substitutes.

  5. To raise community awareness of the unique properties of human milk and the implications of infant feeding choices throughout the life course.

  6. To make representations to relevant authorities on issues of concern to Lactation Consultants and to serve as an advisory body for such authorities.

  7. To evaluate goods and services used by breastfeeding women and to liaise with suppliers and manufacturers.

  8. To enable access to individual Lactation Consultants and their services in New Zealand.

  9. To co-operate with other organisations within New Zealand and overseas having aims and objectives in whole or part similar to those of NZLCA.

  10. To encourage, stimulate, establish funds for and aid research and investigation into all aspects of lactation and infant feeding.

About Lactation Consultants

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.

Where Do Lactation Consultants Work?

Lactation Consultants are:

  • Clinical Specialists in hospitals and the community

  • Childbirth & Parent Educators

  • Well Child & Paediatric Nurses

  • Midwives & Doctors

  • Practice Nurses & General Practitioners

  • Researchers, Teachers & Writers

How are Lactation Consultants accessed?

Women may self refer or be referred by:

  • Other women

  • Midwives

  • Practice Nurses

  • La Leche League

  • General Practitioners

  • Obstetricians

  • Dietitians

  • Social Workers

  • Well Child Providers


Standards of Practice

The IBLCE also provides a Code of Professional Conduct to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA) Website

IBLCE Code of Professional Conduct

IBCLE Scope of Practice for IBCLCs



Jenny Lester  (President)
Bev Pownall (Treasurer)
Dianne Powley (Secretary)
Louise Stone

Marie Collinson

Theresa Yaroshevich 


Role of the Executive

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 constitution of the association. 




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