International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) Statement on Ongoing Humanitarian Crises

The impact of conflicts on vulnerable populations, especially mothers, infants, and young children, is significant and deeply distressing, and the  International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) extends our deepest sympathy to all those affected. We also extend a message of heartfelt support to our members and healthcare colleagues who continue to aid ongoing humanitarian crises and think of our fellow lactation consultants who themselves may be victims of violence.

ILCA® reaffirms its commitment to advocating for essential lactation care and support, especially in emergency situations. Increased breastfeeding and safe Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) practices are vital to the health and well-being of infants and young children when food security, clean water, and sanitation may be unpredictable.

To aid those in need during emergencies, ILCA®  offers resources for lactation care providers on how to support breastfeeding during emergencies and disasters. We also strongly promote the importance of sustaining breastfeeding, relactation, and nurturing maternal-infant bonds, as much as possible. 

At the heart of lactation consulting lies dedication to advancing global health and supporting and caring for diverse communities. We continue to advocate for skilled lactation care during emergencies and support those affected by conflicts. Together, we can make a difference in safeguarding the well-being of mothers, infants, and young children. Please visit the ILCA Emergency Resource Page for more information and access to emergency resources.

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