INFORMATION ABOUT SERVICES FOR PARENTS
Whether you are expecting or already have one or more babies, our website lists local providers and a variety of services that they offer in the New York Metropolitan Area. The New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA) strives for accountability by setting standards for providers who are listed on our website. This includes a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Clients.
In New York State, breastfed babies are protected from discrimination because legislation protects their mothers' rights to:
- feed them in public
- express milk for them at work
The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding has acknowledged that "International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are the only health care professionals certified in lactation care. They have specific clinical expertise and training in the clinical management of complex problems with lactation." And this report also includes the strategy to "provide reimbursement for IBCLCs independent of their having other professional certication or licensure."
In addition, IBCLCs also have the distinction in that they that are registered so consumers can readily verify their status. Anyone can call themseves a "lactation consultant" because the term is not trade marked. No one can call themselves by the trademarked term "Registered Lactation Consultant" without meeting the rigorous criteria of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).