The lactation consultant profession was established in 1985 with the formation of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®). For over two decades, these two organizations guided the development of professional and ethical standards, a scope of practice, clinical competencies, and a core curriculum. In 2008, with an eye toward establishing standards in lactation consultant education, ILCA and IBLCE collaborated to establish and sponsor the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC). LEAARC was formed as a non-profit organization with a goal to establish standards for and recognize quality in lactation education worldwide. LEAARC promotes the establishment of a structured, competency-based didactic standard that reflects the profession’s core curriculum. LEAARC reviews and recognizes didactic courses as well as accredited lactation programs in postsecondary institutions.

LEAARC's Vision — High quality professional lactation education

LEAARC's Mission — To establish standards for and recognize quality in lactation education

Our Sponsors

LEAARC and its sponsors share a common mission of supporting and promoting the advancement of education in lactation.

IBLCE — The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) is a non-profit professional certification agency that was established to develop and administer the certification examination for lactation consultants. The IBLCE examination is the premier, internationally recognized measure of knowledge in lactation consulting. Founded in 1985, IBLCE has administered annual examinations, in multiple languages and at numerous sites around the world. The IBLCE certification program for lactation consultants has been continuously accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 1988. Visit the IBLCE website for more information:

ILCA — The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is the non-profit member association for the professional lactation consultant. ILCA's mission is to advance the advance the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research. Founded in 1985, ILCA promotes the professional development, advancement, and recognition of lactation consultants worldwide for the benefit of breastfeeding women, infants and children. The association reaches out to inform the health care profession about the professional lactation consultant and to help influence policies and standards related to breastfeeding throughout the world. Visit the ILCA website for more information:

2016-2017 LEAARC Board of Directors

Debbie Albert, RN, BSN, PhD, IBCLC UC Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, California, USA
Sondra Fleming, MS, RN Dallas, Texas, USA
Vergie Hughes, RN, MS, IBCLC, FILCA Lactation Education Resources
Tracys Landing, Maryland, USA
Jarold (Tom) Johnston, Jr., MSN, CNM, IBCLC Methodist University
Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA
Andrea Bulera Judge, MPH, IBCLC Drexel University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Ana Parrilla-Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FABM, IBCLC (Treasurer) Academia Edupró
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Abigail Smetana, BSN, MSN, IBCLC
(Chair Elect)
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
Cary, North Carolina, USA
Becky Spencer, PhD, RN, IBCLC Texas Woman's University
Dallas, Texas, USA
Amanda Watkins, PhD, RD, LDN, IBCLC
Global Lactation Education Associates
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Elaine Webber, RN, DNP, PNP-BC, IBCLC
University of Detroit Mercy
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Executive Director: Judi Lauwers, BA, IBCLC, FILCA Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA
CAAHEP Liasion: Liaison: Katie Kuntz RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS Woofbury, Minnesota, USA