Lactation Consultants of Southern-& Africa
In an ideal world every mother-baby dyad would have access to thorough, accurate, compassionate lactation support
from the prenatal period through weaning
Lactation Consultants of Southern-& Africa (LACSA) is the professional organisation for Qualified Lactation Consultants in Southern-& Africa.
Lactation Consultants (LCs) are members of the health care team who have a specialist knowledge of and primary focus on, breastfeeding. They are the experts whom mothers and other health professionals turn to when skilled assistance is required.
With a focus on preventive health care, Lactation Consultants (LCs) encourage self-care, empowering parents to make their own decisions, prenatally and postnatally. LCs use a problem solving approach to provide appropriate information, recommendations and referrals.
LCs work in a variety of settings, with a diverse population of families, women and their babies:
neonatal intensive care units and special care nurseries
lactation clinics, maternal and child health services
private practice as a Lactation Consultant
general medical practice, paediatric and obstetric practices
They may also work in other capacities: as a physician, childbirth educator, doula, midwife, nurse or other professional along with their lactation consultant skills.