Breastfeeding offers babies and mothers long-term benefits — both physical and psychological. It provides numerous health benefits and also becomes a bonding experience for mom and baby. The New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYCLA) works tirelessly to support breastfeeding mothers, and also to provide care, encouragement, and protection.
What’s more, they will be at the New York Baby Show on May 20 and 21, at Pier 94.
The nation’s largest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler. From top products to trusted parenting experts, the New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!
Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.
We spoke with a member of the NYLCA team, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the New York Baby Show.
For someone unfamiliar with NYLCA, how would you describe the companies’ mission and core offerings?
The New York Lactation Consultant Association is a NYC based organization that supports the professionalism and education of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and promotes and protects breastfeeding. NYLCA members offer private lactation consultations, prenatal breastfeeding classes and breastfeeding support groups.
Tell us about the companies background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?
NYLCA started in 1985 to provide a networking space for NYC area IBCLCs. The women involved with the start up were leaders of IBCLC training and training in La Leche League, which is a mother-to-mother breastfeeding support organization. Many of these women sacrificed time and money to support mothers when most care providers knew nothing about the benefits and how to support long-term breastfeeding. The profession of IBCLCs have changed dramatically to include clinical breastfeeding care working with pediatricians, midwives and obstetricians, dentists, chiropractors and other support care agencies to ensure mother and babies are successful with bonding and breastfeeding.
What are the most popular and newest services from NYLCA?
NYLCA.org has a robust directory to allow parents to search for an IBCLC in their neighborhood for home and in-office visits, breastfeeding support groups listed by daily schedule and to search for those providers who accept insurance in their practice.
What sets NYLCA apart from other organizations?
When families are looking for help with breastfeeding they should not look further than nylca.org. The IBCLC members listed have pledged to attend NYLCA’s educational offerings during the year (so you know they stay current), offer clients a superbill, which is a medical receipt that families send into their insurance companies for reimbursement, and abide by NYLCA’s professional ethics.
To learn more about NYLCA, check out nylca.org.