Florida Lactation Consultant Association

Promoting Excellence in Lactation



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Save the date! May 10, 2014. Join the FLCA team for Miles for Milk or form a team in your city and walk that same day to support the Mothers' Milk Bank of Florida. Help provide access to donor human milk for babies born in Florida.


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EXCITING NEWS: Florida has
2 New WHO/UNICEF BABY FRIENDLY  Hospitals
Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, FL
&
Naval Hospital in Jacksonville
 Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville Commanding Officer
Capt. Lynn Welling addresses nearly 50 patients, hospital staff members and guests Oct. 13 during a media availability at the hospital announcing NH Jacksonville's receipt of the international Baby Friendly certification while Northeast Florida Breastfeeding Collaborative Chair Heather Huffman and Glo Scurry-Smith, representative for Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll look on. Baby Friendly USA is a global initiative sponsored by WHO/UNICEF.
           To receive this designation, medical facilities must illustrate commitment to supporting a mother's decision to breast feed and ultimately helping reduce the risk of common childhood infections, asthma and diabetes through the successful implementation of the recommended ten steps of a comprehensive breastfeeding program. While more than 20,000 facilities have the Baby Friendly designation worldwide, only 119 facilities have been certified in the United States. Along with being the first hospital in Northeast Florida, NH Jacksonville is the third military facility in the U.S. to receive this distinction.
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NEWS FLASH: NATIONAL LAW!!! The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a bill that has passed both the Senate and the House and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Bill includes federal worksite breastfeeding support.

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FLCA's Mission Statement
FLCA is dedicated to building and sustaining a statewide association that advocates for lactation professionals and the advancement of the profession of IBCLC.
Video- Insight into What IBCLCs Do &
Why They are Important to Health of Mothers and Babies

FLCA is dedicated to creating a climate among health professionals, parents, and the general population which promotes, supports, and protects breastfeeding as the optimum method of infant feeding.

The purposes of FLCA are:
To serve as a local affiliate of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and abide by its bylaws and policies
To enhance the reputation, image and credibility of lactation consultants
To improve the status of the lactation consultancy profession
To provide continuing education for lactation consultants
To serve as a network of information for lactation consultants

FLCA encourages collaborative work among its members and other maternal-child health care professionals. We support and encourage professional growth of our members and all those working with breastfeeding women and children throughout the state of Florida.

IBCLC
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
The Gold Standard of
Lactation Consultants
What do we do?  "A lactation consultant is a health care professional whose scope of practice is focused upon providing education and management to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems and to encourage a social environment that effectively supports the breastfeeding mother/infant dyad." (ILCA 1993)

USLCA is ILCA in the USA
FLCA is a chapter of USLCA
Mission: To build and sustain a national association that advocates for lactation professionals
Vision: IBCLCs are valued recognized members of the health care team.
Become a part of this dynamic, essential and exciting new venture!
Membership in USLCA is bundled with ILCA membership.

Lactation consultants typically spend two to five years acquiring education in the theoretical and practical aspects of assisting the breastfeeding family.  Certification is offered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) by exam. IBLCE Candidate Information Guide and Application Booklet  in pdf Adobe Acrobat Reader.
FLCA members attend ILCA 2012 Conference in Orlando

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