To advance the IBCLC within the United States through leadership, advocacy, professional development and research. 
The IBCLC is the recognized professional authority in lactation care in the United States.
  • Uphold high standards of professional practice        
  • Respect and promote cultural diversity 
  • Collaborate with integrity in relationships  
  • Operate nationally while being mindful of regional, local and individual needs​
  • Demonstrate responsibility to our community by promoting the best lactation care for the foundation of good health

MALCA is organized and shall be operated exclusively for the educational, charitable, and scientific purposes as contemplated by a 501(c)(3) the United States Internal Revenue Code. More specifically, the purposes of MALCA are to:

Protect the public by advocating for the US Lactation Professional in the United States of America, to promote recognition of the US Lactation Professional within the health care community, continued improvement in skills related to lactation care, expansion of the literature relevant to lactation consultants and such other activities as may hereafter be brought under the auspices of MALCA for such purposes;

  • Provide for education opportunities for the IBCLC and other health care workers concerned with breastfeeding and related issues;
  • Heighten recognition of the consequences of artificial feeding of infants and children;
  • Cooperate with other organizations whose aims and objectives, in whole or in part, are similar to those of the Association;
  • Foster communication, networking and mutual support amongst MALCA members;
  • Advocate for MALCA members and advise relevant authorities on issues of concern to the Association’s members;
  • Uphold high standards of professional practice;
  • Foster awareness of breastfeeding and human milk feeding as important measures for health promotion and disease prevention; 
  • Encourage research in all aspects of human lactation;


Support the world-wide implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and other subsequent World Health Assembly resolutions which are consistent with the goals and objectives of MALCA.

​​****MALCA is a professional organization providing information for educational purposes and not for substituting medical advice or care. This site serves as a valuable one-stop resource for professional health care providers as well as anyone interested in supporting breastfeeding families. Content posted on this site should not be viewed as an endorsement for MALCA nor does it necessarily reflect the views shared by the parenting body or chapter. MALCA supports WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. All content including pictures, articles, and content are prohibited for use unless otherwise noted.

Memphis Area Lactation Consultant Association (MALCA) is the professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and other health care providers who care for breastfeeding families. MALCA membership is open to all who support and promote breastfeeding.  

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