The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) shares the concerns of parents who are struggling with shortages of commercial milk formula, primarily in the United States, and cognizant that shortages may extend to other countries. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) understand the worry of not meeting the nutritional requirements to feed an infant. IBCLCs, are a skilled lactation resource that may be helpful for some families in this situation. If a parent is partially breastfeeding, an IBCLC may be able to help the parent increase milk production, to further meet the child’s nutritional needs. In some instances, an IBCLC may help a parent re-lactate, or re-establish milk their production. An IBCLC can provide general information about formula and option of feeding donor human milk. IBCLCs are committed to supporting all parents’ feeding choices and safe infant feeding practices. Furthermore, ILCA strongly objects to any price gouging for commercial milk formula during this shortage.
For more information and guides to help you and your client, please visit ILCAs Emergency Page.