Hilary English BA, IBCLC

When Hilary English first qualified as a voluntary breastfeeding counsellor in 1983, there were virtually no illustrations of breastfeeding in the UK, other than those supplied by the formula milk manufacturers in their brochures, which were unlikely to help new mothers attach their babies successfully, so she began taking photographs to illustrate as many aspects of breastfeeding as she could find, especially those which could be used with antenatal breastfeeding sessions.  Further to these pictures becoming available she was asked to advise on several photoshoots, and also to join the working group reviewing the latest edition of the Royal College of Midwives’ textbook ‘Successful Breastfeeding’*.  This resulted in her developing the positioning concept and the illustrations for what became known as the ‘angle of dangle’, first published in ‘Successful Breastfeeding’ 1992, and later in other midwifery textbooks, such as Myles Textbook for Midwives.  These graphics were later used with permission and credits in the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative training courses in the UK, and in various parenting apps.   Further photographs and graphics have also been used to illustrate various other UK breastfeeding books.  Before the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative discouraged the donation of formula samples every mother in Great Britain was given a ‘Bounty Bag’ with various samples calculated to encourage formula feeding.  With the promotion of the WHO International Code this was replaced by a ‘Welcome Pack’.  Hilary was asked to author and illustrate a booklet on breastfeeding ‘Welcome to your Breastfed Baby’ and this was distributed through the National Health Service to every mother who gave birth in the UK for several years.

In 1986 she started to train breastfeeding counsellors and health professionals, both in workshops and as a lecturer.  Over the last twenty years she has been involved in helping to organise the annual Conference for Lactation Consultants of Great Britain, bringing top class education and international speakers to breastfeeding workers and IBCLCs to in-person conferences in the UK, and during the pandemic, producing virtual events.  In 2023 an in-person event was offered, but unsure whether delegates were ready to return in-person it was decided to pursue the possibility of live streaming and making recordings available for three to four months as had been done with the virtual events.  This hybrid approach has enabled the usual net-working opportunities together with the presence of the international speakers at the in-person event.   It has made it available to those who are not ready to move away from their screens, and also to those who might have difficulty affording or accessing such an event, not least over sixty IBCLCs and lactation colleagues working in the Ukraine and Poland and with IYCFE personnel who have accepted the offer of the event at no cost, thus helping to fulfil the charitable aims of providing education in line with LCGB’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion policies.

Hilary sits on the LCGB Board of Trustees and has served as Deputy Chair for seven years.

* Successful Breastfeeding, 3rd edition, Royal College of Midwives , 2002, pub Churchill Liingstone

Georgeta Mușat

Georgeta Musat is the first IBCLC Midwife in Romania. After research studies, internships and practice at the World Health Organization, Copenhagen, Denmark and the Georgetown University, Washington D.C. USA, Georgeta organized “Breastfeeding Days”, first Continuing Education Program in Breastfeeding and Lactation in Romania, dedicated those who want be recertified or become IBCLC, program accredited by the International Board of Lactation Examiners (IBLCE).

Georgeta founded the Association Academia de Alaptare / ADA, concept based on research and in-depth studies, practice and counseling, supporting breastfeeding and healthy birth. She is currently advocates protecting and supporting breastfeeding, sharing knowledge and practices with parents and professionals.

Dr. Zaharah Sulaiman

Zaharah Sulaiman obtained her medical degree from the University of Adelaide and her PhD from La Trobe University in Australia. She is a medical doctor and lecturer at the School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Zaharah has been a certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) since 2007 and heads the Lactation Clinic at the USM Hospital. As an ILCA member, she has presented at the ILCA conference in Melbourne and was awarded an ILCA scholarship to attend the ILCA conference in the USA. Zaharah has served on a number of committees, including the ILCA Conference Scholarship Application Assessor, the Global Collaboration Committee, and the WABA-ILCA Fellowship Task Force. Zaharah has been on the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) Local Governance Committee since 2014.

Ana Maria Linares, DNS, RN, IBCLC, FAAN

Dr. Ana Maria Linares is a national and international expert in human lactation and has worked in maternal-child and women’s health for 40 years in Chile and the U.S. She has a program of research to improve health and achieve health equity through the development of a culturally appropriate exclusive breastfeeding intervention among Hispanic women.  Dr. Linares coordinates three international studies sponsored by the International Child Health Nursing Network to determine cultural factors influencing breastfeeding.

Dr. Linares has published over 47 publications in multiple indexed journals and presented her research findings at international and national conferences.  Dr. Linares has received multiple awards in recognition of her research and advocacy for breastfeeding in vulnerable groups; she was the recipient of the Minority Health Researcher of the Year, Southern Nursing Research Society 2020; she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Nursing Association in 2022; and in 2023 she was awarded Hispanic Nurse of the Year, National Hispanic Nurse Association.  As a bilingual/bicultural immigrant doctoral-prepared nurse-midwife/IBCLC, Dr. Linares has a global perspective on the discipline of nursing and human lactation and has trained and mentored more than 350 faculty members, health professionals, and students in countries like Peru, Brazil, Mexico, and Ecuador.  Dr. Linares is an active member of ILCA, has served on the Research Committee, and is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Human Lactation.

Lisa Akers BA, IBCLC

 Dr. Lisa Akers has been working in the field of public health nutrition and human lactation for over 20 years.  Lisa is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND), and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  She began her career in the WIC program working directly with new families and later transitioned to academia where she became passionate about developing new IBCLCs and RDNs.  Lisa is a currently Research Scientist with the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition where she advances the field of measurement, evaluation, and statistical analysis for nutrition-related programs.  The focus of her current research is related to data equity and the intersection of dietetics and human lactation.

Lisa has served on numerous national and international boards and committees including the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group (WH DPG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC).  Aside from her background in human lactation and nutrition, Lisa’s expertise in nonprofit leadership has afforded her the opportunity to work as a consultant with numerous organizations in areas such as change management, fundraising, governance, grant writing, program evaluation, and strategic planning.

ILCA Transition to Smithbucklin: FAQs

Who is Smithbucklin? 

Smithbucklin is a leading association management firm headquartered in Chicago, IL and Washington, DC. They provide tailored association management and consulting services to more than 300 professional societies, trade associations, charitable organizations, corporations and government institutes serving their client organizations’ members globally.


Why is ILCA transitioning from its current management company?

Over the course of the past few months, the ILCA Board has made a number of critical decisions to transform the association and to align with the changing landscape of serving the international ILCA community. The board considered current and future ILCA priorities with expanding our international presence and membership as well as furthering our DE&I initiatives. After thoughtful consideration, the Board made the decision to begin a new management partnership with Smithbucklin.


When did the ILCA decide to make a change?

The ILCA Board of Directors made the decision to transition to Smithbucklin in August 2022.


What made Smithbucklin the right choice for ILCA?    

The ILCA board considered a variety of criteria in the selection process, the most important being the capability to assist ILCA in reaching its strategic goals and improving its international relevance as an association. The criteria included:

  • Expertise in association management best practices
  • Focus on DE&I as a company and its impact on ILCA’s DE&I efforts
  • Expansive experience in developing and executing conferences and educational offerings
  • Resources to execute long-term strategic direction
  • Expertise in association management best practices

Following evaluation against the criteria and determining culture fit, the Board concluded that Smithbucklin was the strongest option.

Smithbucklin has over 70 years of experience serving a wide variety of client organizations and could bring those learnings to transform ILCA’s business model and value proposition to effectively compete in a changing world. With experts in many different areas, from technology to membership to certification, Smithbucklin provides the depth needed in managing ILCA, serving its members and the broader communication community.


Does Smithbucklin have experience in these types of transitions?

A final deciding factor in our decision was Smithbucklin’s extensive experience transitioning organizations like ILCA from their existing management model. They have a systematic, documented process for successfully transitioning new clients. A dedicated transition management team and an interim Executive Director from the Smithbucklin staff, Jennifer Kasowicz, are working closely with existing staff and Board of Directors to lead ILCA’s transition to new management.


What changes can we expect during the transition period?

The focus of the transition is knowledge transfer and business continuity. Smithbucklin team members will review and become familiar with the current processes and operations in place to support ILCA’s mission going forward. Jennifer Kasowicz is serving as ILCA’s Interim Executive Director, leading a team of Smithbucklin staff comprised of subject matter experts who will bring their knowledge and experience in communications, technology, membership operations, event planning, and education delivery to be ready to assume operations on 1 November 2022.


Will I see any changes in ILCA’s operations?

Some internal operational changes may begin to take place during the transition as we look for efficiencies. ILCA retains its current form of governance; any programmatic changes continue to be at the direction of the Board of Directors. A team of technology professionals from Smithbucklin are already working with IMI Association Executives to ensure continuity of operations and to implement the full array of services. ILCA’s new staff team will be introduced via communications in the coming weeks.


What will ILCA’s new contact information be?

Our website, www.ilca.org, and main email address, info@ilca.org, will remain unchanged.

Please note our new mailing address, effective 1 November 2022.

2001 K Street, NW, 3rd Floor North
Washington, DC 20006

Our international phone number will be 202-367-1131. Our toll-free number, 1-888-452-2478 remains the same.

ILCA’s Statement on Commercial Milk Shortage

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.