To be the voice of Ohio Lactation Consultants in their efforts to transform
society into a breastfeeding culture. To empower, support, and educate our
membership enabling them to be articulate agents for change.
OLCA (Ohio Lactation Consultant Association ) is one of the
oldest and most active affiliates of the International Lactation Consultant
Association (ILCA). Our close ties to ILCA are strengthened by the direct
involvement of our members. We fully embrace and are committed to the directives
included in the World Health Organization, the International Code of Marketing
of Breastmilk Substitutes, The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, and the
ILCA Position Paper on Infant Feeding.
Members of OLCA come from all over the state of Ohio. You do
not have to be a certified Lactation Consultant to belong. Our members bring
with them a wish to support and promote breastfeeding in our state. Some are
members of the medical field, some are dietitians, others belong to LLL. Many of
our members are active in other professional associations and serve as links for
breastfeeding dialogue across the state.
OLCA has ...
Participated in the ODH Ad Hoc Breastfeeding Steering Committee for the
Ohio Department of Health Breastfeeding Policy and attended Maternity
Licensure Committee Meetings.
Provided over 15 IBCLE continuing education credits per year at member
meetings and at our annual spring Breastfest conference.
Testified and interacted with legislators regarding legislation impacting
breastfeeding mothers, Lactation Consultants.
Testified as an organization,as well as individual members, at hearings
for Title V MCH Block Grant.
Collected position descriptions and proposals for lactation programs for