To the new OLCA Website!
As you can see, our new website has a very different look and feel to it! Many hours have been spent to make a website that is not only more cohesive and flowing, but beautiful as well.
If you were a registered member to the old site, you will have to register again to this one. Simply click “Membership” then “Purchase/Renew Membership” and select the Membership plan. You will then be prompted to sign up with an email and password, and can then enter payment information. Once you have completed this process, please go to your member account and complete your profile.
Once you have purchased your membership, you will immediately have access to our Members Only content! This includes access to educational offerings from member meetings in the Fall, the OLCA Library, as well as other features that will be released very soon!
I hope you will check out our new PHOTO CONTEST ENTRIES! We have received quite a few photos, and they are all posted on the page linked above. Check them out!
Finally, I would like to thank Dan Freeman, our web designer, without whom this website would be nowhere near as beautiful as it is. Dan has worked many hours creating this site and migrating all of our information from our old website. If any of you have the need of a web designer, please consider him.
As always, you are welcome to reach out if you have any questions or there is specific content you would like to be added to our website! Please use the contact form at the bottom of this home page, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope all of you love this new site as much as I do!
OLCA Web Editor
Infant Formula Shortage Statement and Resource Links
OLCA Statement on Current National Infant Formula Shortage
May 13, 2022
As the association representative of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and all breastfeeding educators and support persons in the State of Ohio, OLCA shares concern with state policy makers, health associations, departments and families regarding the shortage of infant formula. OLCA recognizes that not all families prefer to breastfeed or are able to breastfeed, but endeavors to raise awareness of strategies which may be helpful to the formula shortage prenatally and postnatally as families make infant feeding choices.
We encourage prenatal providers and pediatricians to talk about breastfeeding with patients and provide resources for prenatal and postnatal lactation care for families with goals to breastfeed
If a family is struggling with breastfeeding, reach out to a lactation consultant, who can help provide solutions to challenges and potentially minimize the need for formula
Lactation consultants assist with all types of infant feeding, whether at breast or with a bottle; all types of milk, whether breastmilk or any combination of formula and/or breastmilk; and can also help with relactation to whatever degree possible
Options for accessing IBCLC lactation consultant care and breastfeeding support in Ohio:
Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance Database with links to local lactation consultant care across the state of Ohio: https://ohiobreastfeedingalliance.org/oba-resources-database/
Ohio Department of Health/Appalachian Breastfeeding Network 24/7 Hotline: 1-888-588-3423
Many local birthing hospitals offer outpatient lactation consultations
Ohio WIC offices also offer peer lactation support as well as IBCLC care
If mothers have extra breast milk that they would like to donate, contact OhioHealth Mothers’ Milk Bank at 614-566-0630 or email email@example.com. Infants with medical needs may qualify for insurance coverage of donor milk.
Contact your infant health care provider for specific questions about what is appropriate to feed your baby.
Support advocacy efforts for policies that reduce societal barriers to breastfeeding:
Equitable access to and public health plan coverage for lactation care
Family paid leave
Workplace pumping space and time
Breastfeeding informed childcare centers
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or media requests.
For a printable copy of this Statement, click here.
Annual Breastfest Conference
Breastfeeding and Covid-19
OLCA's 30th Annual Breastfest Conference will be held in person and virtually on April 8-9, 2022
Save the date and check back for more information to be announced soon!
OLCA offers free education opportunities to members with CERPs. These opportunities are offered at member meetings in September and November.
What is OLCA and how do I become involved?
OLCA (Ohio Lactation Consultant Association) is one of the oldest and most active affiliates of the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA). Our close ties to USLCA 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.
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.
Are you a new IBCLC?
If you have recently passed the IBCLC Exam, you are invited to receive a complimentary OLCA Membership for one year! Please complete the Contact Form below, and be sure to enter "NEW IBCLC" in the subject line, and your IBCLC ID Number along with a message requesting a new IBCLC Membership. Upon approval by the Membership Chair, you will have access to our exclusive Members Only content!
Are you a member of a traditionally under-represented racial group of lactation care providers?