Center for Lactation Equity
“The Center”

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NLCA’s Center for Lactation Equity works to:

  • Increase access to and quantity of lactation consultants (IBCLC®) of color
  • Advance diversity in the visual imagery of IBCLCs to reflect the beauty and strength of all lactation consultants (IBCLC®) including LGBTQIA+, Indigenous, and BIPOC communities
  • Increase access and opportunities for professional clinical lactation consultants (IBCLC®) to persons with physical, mental, and neural diversity
  • Creating resources for healthcare providers who seek to deepen and strengthen their understanding of cultural humility
  • Above all else NLCA, as a whole, is an organization built on the foundation of anti-racism, anti- sexism and anti-bigotry and the Center for Lactation Equity will always operate with these foundational principles in mind.

Alicia C. Simpson MS, RD, IBCLC, LD
Chair, NLCA Lactation Equity Center

Mission:
The mission of the NLCA Center for Lactation Equity is to advance health equity by increasing families’ access to clinical lactation consultant professionals (IBCLC®) in the United States and cultivating a culture of diversity and inclusion within the IBCLC® profession.

Vision:
Equity in the field of clinical lactation care by elimination of barriers to achieving the IBCLC® credential and availability for families to access culturally appropriate care from those in their communities.

Center for Lactation Equity:
Achieving our vision requires work to increase access to scholarships, resources, education, and mentors for candidates for the IBCLC® credential to receive the needed didactic and clinical training to develop their skills. We work towards the promotion of the credential in the marketplace, and empowering professionals who hold the IBCLC® credential to thrive and to achieve recognition for their clinical lactation care expertise on the health care team in hospitals, clinics and in a variety of community settings. We work towards strategies that will build an inclusive lactation community that understands, appreciates, and values equity, diversity, and cultural humility. 

Our goals include:

  • Construct a forum that promotes engagement in the essential work of improving health equity, diversity, and inclusion in the lactation community.
  • Remove barriers to access to the lactation consultant (IBCLC®) profession.
  • Increase community awareness for the need for lactation consultants (IBCLC®) from diverse populations.
  • Increase access to culturally appropriate care from lactation consultants (IBCLC®) representing their cultural community
  • Identify opportunities to enhance the number of mentors available for aspiring lactation consultants (IBCLC®) from diverse populations.
  • Increase awareness in the marketplace of the need for culturally appropriate clinical lactation care.
  • Promote development of training programs in institutions of higher education where students have access to financial aid and receive a degree on completion of their studies in clinical lactation care.
  • Promote consistent reimbursement by third party payers including Medicaid.

If you are interested in joining our Center, please visit our contact page to share your contact information and to express your interest. Thank you.