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”
dialogue between Socrates and Adeimantu
 

Our Vision

To enable families to reach their breastfeeding goals by the provision of evidence-based quality care and support.

Our Mission

To support and enhance the profession of Lactation consultants generally by:

  • Providing regular professional discussion, development and peer support
  • Lobbying the relevant bodies eg SAQA, Health professional council of SA, Medical Aid schemes
  • Educating various health professions and the public regarding the role and scope of the Lactation Consultant.

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 preventative health care, Lactation Consultants encourage self-care, empowering parents to make their own decisions, pre- and postnatally. Lactation Consultants use a problem solving approach to provide appropriate information, recommendations and referrals.

LACSA's vision is to enable women to reach their breastfeeding goals by provision of evidence-based, quality care and support. LACSA's logo consists of green circles representing a parent and baby's 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 figure represents support, leaving space for parental self-care and self-decision making, ultimately increasing parental confidence and breastfeeding self-efficacy )the belief in ones's ability to succeed in a specific situation or accomplish a task). 

 

To become a member please download the membership form here: Membership form. Complete the form and email proof of payment and complete form to iThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.