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Welcome to WALC!

To access the member list or post to the member blog, you will need to login (very top right of this page)  with your password.  Your user name is your first initial and last name (ex. Murphy Brown would be MBrown).  If you don’t know your password, go to the login page and click “Lost your password?”  If you find problems, let Stacy know.

 

Also – find us on FaceBook:             Wisconsin  Association of Lactation Consultants (WALC):http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wisconsin-Association-of-Lactation-Consultants-WALC/189793571059394

 

 

WALC Conference Early Bird Registration ends soon

Our 2019 WALC Conference is quickly approaching!  The deadline for Early Bird registration is February 1st – (register online or postmark your mail-in registration by the 1st).  See our website for more conference information and registration – walc.net  

Join us at WALC Meeting, Jan. 18, 2019, Madison

9:30 a.m, for details and on-line registration, http://www.walc.net Meetings. “Low Milk Supply Strategies” Anne Eglash, MD.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity!  Location: UnityPoint Health-Meriter, McConnell Hall, across the street from the hospital, Classroom 9, park in the hospital ramp.  Check under “Next Meeting” for more details and registration.

Hope to see you there!

USLCA Renewal – Group Pricing Info

Hi WALC Members,

One of the benefits of your WALC membership is a $10 discount on USLCA membership!
If you would like to join or renew USLCA membership with the WALC discount please follow the directions on the instruction page below.
USLCA Membership Benefits:
    • Licensure & Reimbursement Advocacy Efforts to Secure Your Future
    • Access to Current Publications & Practice Resources
    • Being Part of the ONLY U.S.-focused advocacy group for the IBCLC
    • Subscription to Clinical Lactation –   This is a fantastic resource
    • Regular eNews with Updates Important to YOU
    • Discounts on Educational Opportunities that Offer CERPs & CNEs
    • Free IBCLC Listing in USLCA’s Find a Lactation Consultant Directory
    • Networking & Leadership Opportunities
    • State & Regional Chapters Throughout the U.S.
    • Exclusive Members-Only Benefits & Discounts Introduced Regularly
    • Much More!

Hope you will consider joining or renewing your membership in USLCA.

2018 Northwestern Wisconsin Breastfeeding Conference –

October 25, 2018 -Northwestern WI Breast-feeding Conference in Eau Claire, WI with Nancy Mohrbacher and Summer Kelly.

2018 NWBN Conference brochure FINAL

USLCA Calls for Family Reunification

In solidarity with thousands of individuals and many organizations across the United States of America and the world, the U.S. Lactation Consultant Association calls on lawmakers to end immediately the forced separation of children from their parents at the U.S. border. This unnecessary practice is harmful to both adults and their children, and no justification for this practice should be prioritized above the health and well-being of human beings.

As International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs), we work daily alongside many more breastfeeding advocates and providers of health care to support and ensure optimal health of pregnant people, parents, infants, children, and the general public through education about and assistance with breastfeeding. The IBCLC is an expert in infant feeding and is responsible to uphold scientific, evidence-informed theory and practice that is free from conflict of interest, be it financial, academic, personal, political, or otherwise.

Separation of children from their parents creates barriers to breastfeeding and safe infant feeding, and to our knowledge, no IBCLCs have been contacted with regard to how to appropriately feed infants away from their parents, to support and protect continued lactation in lactating persons who do not have access to their children for breastfeeding, or any general information about infant and young child feeding in national emergencies, natural disasters, or humanitarian crises. It is critical to understand that globally, children breastfeed far beyond infancy and that this practice is important to the health of families and the general public. The abrupt removal of the opportunity to be breastfed or to express breast milk has serious health consequences for infants, toddlers, and their lactating parents, and USLCA firmly opposes this practice in all circumstances. In addition, all major health organizations with policies about infant feeding call for the use of pasteurized donor human milk in all situations where their own parent’s milk is not available; the use of safely prepared infant formula for all children under the age of 12 months is only recommended when neither their own parent’s milk nor pasteurized donor human milk are available.

USLCA calls for the immediate and rapid reunification of families who have been separated from each other, as well as the provision of appropriate health care and support for all persons who have been directly affected by the practice of forced separation. This includes comprehensive health consultation for all facets of physiological and mental health, as well as support for resuming breastfeeding, milk expression, and education and support to ensure safe infant and young child feeding.

2018 WALC Grant Awards

We received many interesting and ambitious grant applications this year! Lactation support is growing in our area and we are fortunate to have so many people supporting breastfeeding families!

This year WALC is supporting the following agencies and programs –

The Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes – A High Capacity Shaking Water Bath and Thermometer

Milk Depot at 9th Street Wellness Center in Green Bay – Purchase of a Freezer

Breastfeeding Alliance of Northeast Wisconsin (BFAN) – Support for a focus group to determine what is preventing mothers in the community from reaching their breastfeeding goals.

Washington Ozaukee Breastfeeding Coalition – Workplace Breastfeeding Initiative

African American Breastfeeding Network – Community Breastfeeding Gatherings

Family Health/La Clinica – Breastfeeding Education and Support materials for local support group

Fond du Lac County WIC/Public Health – Workplace Breastfeeding Initiative

Full Moon Rising – Local breastfeeding promotion and support

 

Thank you for all you do to support breastfeeding families!

Call for nominations for Secretary Board Position!

We are seeking nominations for the Secretary Position on the Board.

Thank you to Lisa Brock for your service to WALC and the Lactation Community as Secretary! Lisa has been elected to the USLCA Board and has stepped down from her position as WALC Board Secretary. Thank you for all you’ve done for mothers, families and WALC, Lisa!

Secretary is an elected Board position and we are taking nominations. You can nominate yourself or another WALC member. Send nominations to WALC President, Allison Laverty Montag at allisonlavmon@gmail.com. Please share this with anyone you think will be interested.

Secretary duties:
Take Minutes at our WALC Board meetings and WALC Business Meetings.
Board meets before our regularly scheduled WALC meetings:
3rd Friday of January
3rd Tuesday of May
3rd Friday of September
2nd Tuesday of November
We often meet the evening before these dates when the Board agenda is longer (commonly January and May meetings). (Anticipate two overnight meetings per year.)
Submit minutes to Board for review and post on website within 2 weeks of meeting.

Please contact Allison with questions allisonlavmon@gmail.com

May 15th WALC meeting – Beaver Dam – Tongue Tie Webinar

It’s not too late to join us for the May 15th WALC meeting.  We are showing a USCLA Webinar on Tongue Tie with Alison Hazelbaker, Annette Skowronski, and Catherine Watson Genna.  2L CERPs.  RSVP to Diane Oakland at  doakland@thebirthhospital.org if you would like to attend.  More information is available on our website – walc.net

Next Meeting Beaver Dam May 15th

Please check out our meeting page for information on our upcoming meeting. We have some exciting plans for upcoming speakers. Stay tuned for more info!

Project Grant Applications due May 1, 2018!

Each year that there are adequate funds in the treasury, the WALC will consider grants to individuals or organizations to fund projects consistent with the purposes of WALC. WALCs statement of purpose can be found on the website, but especially relevant tenets are:
• To support and encourage the development of high standards of effective and ethical practice in the field of infant feeding among lactation consultants and other health care workers.
• To create universal awareness of the importance of human milk and breastfeeding and the hazards of artificial feeding.
• To cooperate with other Wisconsin organizations that have aims and objectives (in whole or in part) similar to those of WALC.
The WALC board will approve the applications and may elect to fully or partially fund a request.

The Project Grant Application can be found under forms on our website. Please submit applications to Allison – allisonlavmon@gmail.com by May 1, 2018. Please contact Allison with any questions.