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“Globally, there are many IBCLCs and aspiring IBCLCs living below the poverty line. Many are single mothers, while others have sick spouses, children, or are caring for elderly parents. Some have become the family breadwinner and would be unable to work without the IBCLC designation. Not having their credential would cause greater financial distress. It would be a tragedy to lose their experience, talent, wisdom, and years of experience in the field.”

About MILCC

Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC) is an international nonprofit charitable organization that provides financial assistance to qualified candidates seeking International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification and current IBCLCs seeking recertification.

MILCC's vision is that every family worldwide has access to culturally appropriate care from an IBCLC. Its mission is to remove financial barriers to accessing the IBCLC credential by fostering inclusiveness, promoting philanthropy, and increasing public awareness of the value of the IBCLC.

MILCC is funded by donations, and the sale of pins and fundraising. We offer pins and service bars as gifts, if you choose, and monetary donations are greatly appreciated. Your contribution can really make a difference and improve the health outcomes of the community, nation, and the world by increasing access to the unique body of knowledge and skill of an IBCLC. Please consider making a donation to MILCC or purchasing a gift today.

Impact of MILCC Scholarships

Increasing the number of credentialed lactation consultants ensures the highest level of breastfeeding care and education for families and communities around the world. As more babies are breastfed, food scarcity decreases, infant and maternal survival rates increase, and family health improves. On a community level, more health care resources are preserved as infant illness is decreased. Breastfeeding is ecological! Globally, trash is decreased and energy is saved rather than spent on formula manufacture and preparation. The IBCLC credential has also added another valuable profession to the health care field: over 28,000 individuals are certified and contribute to global health since 1985.

Nurturing the Next Generation - Who Benefits?

  • Practitioners with financial need
  • New mothers and infants
  • Families and communities worldwide
  • Hospitals seeking to improve maternal and infant care
  • The lactation consultant profession

History of MILCC

The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) profession came into existence in 1985, with the formation of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE). Within two years it was apparent that the certifying exam fees caused financial obstacles for some candidates. In 1987, the Association for Lactation Consultant Certification (ALCC) was formed and two scholarships were awarded to worthy candidates. As the lactation consultant profession grew in stature, the number of qualified candidates seeking certification and needing financial support increased. In response to the need, additional scholarships were awarded. To better reflect its objectives, the organization changed its name in 1997 to Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC).

MILCC raises money, carefully invests funds, reviews scholarship requests and awards scholarships to worthy candidates. The main criteria for selection is financial need, and priority is given to candidates who serve a population lacking access to the specialized services of an IBCLC. Scholarship awards reached an all time high in 2016, with 84 candidates receiving support totaling over $37,000.

The requests for monetary support will increase as recognition of the importance of breastfeeding increases and the need for IBCLC services is realized. Now, more than ever, MILCC needs your contribution. Donate today!