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    The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) present the

    IBCLC Care Award

    For hospitals, birthing facilities, and birthing services and community-based agencies! Recognizing maternity and community-based facilities worldwide that staff with the gold standard in lactation care, International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs).

    About the Award

    The IBCLC Care Award recognizes hospitals and community-based facilities that demonstrate their commitment to promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding and the lactation consultant profession.

    2023 IBCLC Care Award applications are closed.

    Recipients will be announced in May 2023.

    IBCLC Care Award Recipients

    To view our current list of IBCLC Care Award recipients, visit the IBCLC Care Directory.

    What is an IBCLC?

    An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. IBCLCs are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®). Certification involves meeting eligibility standards including healthcare education, lactation specific education, and clinical practice experience requirements, and passing a rigorous professional certification examination developed by subject matter experts in conjunction with a professional psychometric firm including doctoral-level psychometricians. The certification program is accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. IBCLCs work in a wide variety of health care settings including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice.

    Facilities That Hire IBCLCs

    IBLCE® and ILCA® continue to recognize hospitals, birthing facilities, and birthing services that have currently certified IBCLCs on staff and a dedicated lactation program. The IBCLC Care Directory currently lists Hospital-Based Facilities and Community-Based Agencies that have received the award.

    IBLCE®, or the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners®, is the independent international credentialing body conferring the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) credential.

    IBLCE’s mission is serving the global public interest by advancing professional practice in lactation consultation and support through credentialing.


    ILCA®, or the International Lactation Consultant Association®, is the independent professional association for health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families.

    ILCA’s mission is to advance the profession of lactation consulting worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research.