The National Lactation Consultant Alliance (NLCA) was created to support the holders of the IBCLC® credential and to advocate for the clinical lactation consultant profession at the local, state, and national levels. As a still young profession, lactation consultants have made positive strides toward being accepted as qualified healthcare professionals and integrated into the healthcare team. However, the IBCLC® is not consistently recognized as a reimbursable provider by Medicaid and private insurers which limits access to IBCLC® care by families in communities with low resources. This disparity in care places infants and parents at risk for poor health outcomes. NLCA aims to change this disparity in access to clinical lactation care through its work to:

  • Secure public and private insurance reimbursement for the IBCLC®
  • Ensure placement of the IBCLC® at the federal and state legislative and policy tables
  • Elevate the profession as one that is recognized by the healthcare system as a licensed clinical healthcare provider
  • Advocate for the inclusion of the IBCLC® in publications, recommendations, laws, policies, and regulations promulgated by healthcare organizations, as well as state and federal agencies.

We are 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 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.

Read our 2023 Annual Report to learn the extent of our work to advance the lactation consultant profession. We work hard for you!

Meet the Board

Marsha Walker


About Marsha

Ellen Lechtenberg

Vice President

About Ellen

Jennifer Jones


About Jennifer

Claire Eden


About Claire

Leah Aldridge

Board Member

About Leah

Sylvia Edwards

Board Member

About Sylvia

Teresa McCullen

Board Member

About Teresa

Alicia Simpson

Board Member

About Alicia

Jessica Altemara

Board Member

About Jessica

Alisa Sanders

Board Member

About Alisa

Olga Garcia Gomez

Board Member

About Olga

Merrilee Gober BSN, RN, JD

Ex-Officio Board Member

About Merrilee

Thank You!

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Consultant Association (MALCA) and Praeclarus Press