Lactation Consultants of Southern-& Africa (LACSA) is the professional organisation for Qualified Lactation Consultants in Southern-& Africa.
“You know also that the beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of a young and tender thing; for that is the time at which the character is being formed and the desired impression is more readily taken” – from a dialogue between Socrates and Adeimantus
To enable families to reach their breastfeeding goals by the provision of evidence-based quality care and support
To support and enhance the profession of Lactation Consultants generally by:
- providing regular professional discussion, development and peer support
- Lobbying the relevant bodies e.g. SAQA, Health professions council of S.A., Medical Aid schemes
- Educating various health professions and the public regarding the role and scope of Lactation Consultants
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
Listing of qualified Lactation Consultants on the LACSA membership list and website
Invitation to attend meetings of LACSA
Promotion of Lactation Consultants as a stand-alone profession
Training opportunities of both public and members
Peer review and support
Increased medical aid recognition
Enhanced communication and networking among members
Continuing Education Recognition Points - free for members!
Free downloadable handouts for members only
Lactation Consultants of Southern- & Africa (LACSA) is the professional organisation for Qualified Lactation Consultants in South Africa and Africa.
Lactation Consultants are members of the health care team who have a specialist knowledge of and primary focus on, breastfeeding. They are the experts whom parents and other health professionals turn to when skilled assistance is required. With a focus on preventive health care, Lactation Consultants encourages self-care, empowering parents to make their own decisions, pre- and postnatally. Lactation Consultants uses a problem solving approach to provide appropriate information, recommendations and referrals.
LACSA’s vision is to enable women to reach their breastfeeding goals by the provision of evidence-based, quality care and support. LACSA’s logo consists of green circles representing a parent- and baby head with blue body support, partially enveloped by the words “Lactation Consultants of Southern- & Africa”.
The green colour represents the colour of life, nature, energy, growth, harmony, safety and environment. The blue colour represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith and intelligence. The neutral black wording represents strength, support, discipline, elegance and formality. The “Lactation Consultants of Southern- & Africa” wording partially enveloping the figures represents support, leaving space for parental self-care and self-decision making, ultimately increasing parental confidence and breastfeeding self-efficacy (the belief in one's ability to succeed in a specific situations or accomplish a task).