IONA MACNAB, BA(Hons), LLB, IBCLC
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Iona Macnab began her professional working life as a lawyer in Australia. She subsequently moved to Tokyo Japan, where she lived for 25 years, raising her three (formerly) breastfed children and unexpectedly changing careers. She became a volunteer La Leche League (LLL) Leader in Tokyo in 1997 and later served as the LLL Regional Administrator of Leaders for Asia, Africa and Middle East for 7 years. In 2002 she became an IBCLC in Japan, supporting the international community both in person and remotely. After returning to Australia, she helped establish an online lactation education platform in 2011. She continues to volunteer with LLL, served as the volunteer Conference Coordinator for Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) for 5 years, and was Chair of ILCA’s Professional Development Committee prior to her election to the ILCA Board. Her vision for ILCA is to strengthen our international partnerships and global advocacy efforts so that all IBCLCs and lactation care providers can be recognised and supported in their work.