The array of professionals and volunteers offering services to support breastfeeding can sometimes be confusing. Since the New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA) is a professional organization for lactation consultants, the majority of our members have one or more credentials in lactation.

Most of our members are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) or are aspiring to become IBCLCs. Some members have training in lactation education or peer counseling, such as La Leche League Leaders. Some members have complementary credentials in perinatal support and education and other related fields of health care

Who's Who in Lactation describes further details about various types of breastfeeding credentials.


NYLCA only uses the term lactation consultant to refer to IBCLCs.

NYLCA also recognizes that a wide variety of professionals and can provide breastfeeding support.Nevertheless, NYLCA is not responsible for certifying or monitoring the practices of lactation consultants, educators, peer counselors, or any other professionals that provide breastfeeding support. Instead, NYLCA requires that service providers meet certain standards for listing their services on this website.

Parent Advisory: The term "lactation consultant" is not trade marked. Anyone can claim to be a lactation consultant. No one, however, can rightfully claim to be an International "Board Certified" Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) without meeting the rigorous standards of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). The certification status of IBCLCs can be verified by their ID card or on the IBLCE website.


Common Credentials That Signify Expertise in Lactation

Lactation Consultants

FILCA   -   Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association

IBCLC, RLC   -    International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Registered Lactation Consultant

RLC   -    Registered Lactation Consultant (all IBCLCs are also RLCs)

Lactation Counselors And Educators

CBC   -   Certified Breastfeeding Counselor

CLC   -    Certified Lactation Counselor

CLE   -    Certified Lactation Educator

CLS   -   Certified Lactation Specialist

LLL Peer Counselor   -   La Leche League Peer Counselor

LLLL   -   La Leche League Leader

WIC Peer Counselor   -   Women Infants and Children Peer Counselor


Credentials in Other Related Fields of Support and Education

Perinatal Support

CD (DONA)   -   Birth Doula Certified by DONA

PCD (DONA)   -   Postpartum Doula Certified by DONA


Perinatal And Other Educators

CCE   -   Certified Childbirth Educator

CES   -   Childbirth Education Specialist

CIMI   -   Certified Infant Massage Instructor

Dip CBEd   -   Certified Childbirth Educator

EdD   -   Doctor of Education

LCCE   -   Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educator

MEd   -   Master of Education


Credentials in Other Related Fields of Health Care

Other Health Care Practitioners

APRN   -   Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

BSN   -   Bachelor of Science in Nursing

CDN   -   Certified Dietician Nutritionist

CM   -   Certified Midwife

CNM   -   Certified Nurse Midwife

DDS   -   Doctor of Dental Surgery

DO   -   Doctor of Osteopathy

DPT   -   Doctor of Physical Therapy

FAAP   -   Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics

FACS   -   Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

FNP   -   Family Nurse Practitioner

LCSW   -   Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LMSW   -   Licensed Master of Social Work

LMT   -   Licensed Massage Therapist

LPN   -   Licensed Practical Nurse

MD   -   Doctor of Medicine

MHS   -   Master of Health Science

MPH   -   Master of Public Health

MSN   -   Master of Science in Nursing

MSPT   -   Master of Science in Physical Therapy

MSW   -   Master of Social Work

OT   -   Occupational Therapist

PT   -   Physical Therapist

RD   -   Registered Dietitian

RH-AHG   -   Registered Herbalist-American Herbalist Guild

RN   -   Registered Nurse

RNC   -   Registered Nurse Certified

RNC-OB   -   Registered Nurse Certified - Obstetrics

RPA-C   -   Registered Physician's Assistant

RYT   -   Registered Yoga Therapist

SLP   -   Speech-Language Pathologist

FICS   -   Fellow of the International College of Surgeons