We are the association for Lactation Consultants in New Zealand
The New Zealand Lactation Consultants Association (NZLCA) is the professional association of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in New Zealand.
Most NZLCA members are qualified Lactation Consultants who have 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.
Other NZLCA Members include: health professionals with an interest in lactation, health professional students, aspiring IBCLCs and retired IBCLCs.
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.
Aims and objectives
The purpose for which the Association is established is to foster optimal maternal and child health by protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding and the use of human milk for infants, by:
Providing mutual support and education for New Zealand Lactation Consultants;
Providing a forum for discussion and regular communication between Lactation Consultants;
Making representations to relevant authorities on issues of concern to Lactation Consultants and to serve as an Advisory Body for such authorities;
Maintaining a Directory of Lactation Consultants who are Members and in private practice;
Liaising with other organisations within New Zealand who have objectives similar to the Association;
Promoting breastfeeding and breastmilk as the biological norm;
Encouraging New Zealand-based research in the field of breastfeeding and human lactation;
Supporting the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes and subsequent relevant World Health Assembly resolutions.
NZ Board Members
Jenny Lester (President)
Bev Pownall (Treasurer)
Louise Stone (Secretary)
The role of the Board 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.