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Welcome to the website!  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

 

2016 Early Bird Conference fee ends on Feb 4th

WALC Conference registrations are pouring in – and February 4th is the last day for Early Bird prices. Postmark your mail-in registration or register on line by Feb 4th to save money! Our brochure is available on our website. Online registration is there too. Save your spot – sign up soon!

LRB 3285 State Law to strengthen federal pumping law

On January 20, 2016, Rep. Lisa Subeck introduced LRB 3285 for the purpose of strengthening current federal law (Break Time for Nursing Mothers) by closing the gap between wage and salaried employees and ensuring that women who need unpaid break time to breastfeed or express their milk remain eligible for employer-sponsored health insurance. LRB 3285 also has a strong enforcement provision not available under federal law.
Wording of LRB 3285: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/asm78/15-3285_1.pdf
Representative Lisa Subeck’s press release: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/…/representative-subeck-introdu…/

This group will function as a way for breastfeeding advocates across Wisconsin to disseminate updates and information about this bill, including public committee hearings, upcoming votes, and ways to educate the public about this bill.

Our legislators need to know that working women are struggling to provide their babies with breast milk. There are many barriers in place that prevents them from doing so. They need to hear our stories. To find email and phone number information for constituent’s legislators, enter your address (street, city, zip) in the top right box.http://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/
Calling or emailing only takes a few minutes!

This bill has bipartisan support BUT it will not pass a vote unless each and every one of Wisconsin’s legislators hear from their constituents (that’s you!) that this bill matters to families in Wisconsin.

Please find the WI Breastfeeding Bill Advocates page and follow for updates. A lobby day is planned for Friday (Jan 29) in Madison.

 

Interested in joining the WALC Board?

We are accepting nominations for Secretary for the WALC Board. If you are interested, please contact Allison before February 12th. allisonlavmon@gmail.com

Mentor opportunities

Do you have mentor opportunities in your facility or know of someone that offers them? Finding a way to get hours to fill the requirements to become an IBCLC can be difficult. Please post of any opportunities you know of in the member blog so we can help IBCLC candidates on their pathway to sit the exam.

Website Difficulties

We’ve been having trouble with the website recently. You may have noticed you couldn’t access the site and this morning, posts from October and November were sent out as if they were new. Our provider is trying to fix the problem. Please bear with us – we hope it is resolved quickly!

Reminder – WALC Meeting – January 15, Green Bay

Agenda:
9:30 Welcome and Networking
10:00 Bridging the Gap…Creating a Breastfeeding Support Network for Continuity of Care.
Speakers: Allison Laverty Montag RLC, IBCLC and Dr. Katie Jacobe, MD
12:00 Lunch
12:30 WALC Business Meeting

No cost to attend educational session.   2 CERPS awarded – CERPs are free for WALC members.  CERPs are $20 for Non WALC members and includes the cost of lunch.

If you wish a lunch the cost is $7.00 (or included with Non-member CERP fee).

Please RSVP to Heidi at hmlrn1@aol.com and also let us know if you would like a lunch.

Check under Meetings for location details.

Next WALC Meeting Friday, January 15th in Green Bay

The January WALC meeting with be hosted in Green Bay at Aurora BayCare.  Allison Laverty Montag RLC, IBCLC and Dr. Katie Jacobe will be presenting.   Bridging the Gap…Creating a Breastfeeding Support Network for Continuity of Care. Please go to Next Meetings link for more information.

WALC Conference Brochure Available on website

The Brochure for the March 3 & 4, 2016 WALC Breastfeeding Conference is now available on our website.  Check out the great speakers and topics.   Look under “Conference”.    A Brochure will also come by U.S. postal mail at the end of December – watch for it!

2015 Grant Recipients

We have some great projects in the works in Wisconsin! The following grants have been awarded for 2015.
African American Breastfeeding Network (AABN) was awarded $1,000 for transportation to their meetings.
The Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes was awarded $3,000.
Josephine Nalugo from Uganda received a $300 grant for a project in Uganda to help raise awareness and funds for her work with breastfeeding families.
The Breastfeeding Alliance of Northeast Wisconsin (BFAN) received a grant for $1,350 for use in their Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Initiative.
If you are interested in a grant for your project, please submit a grant application by May 1st each year (found on WALC site under forms.)

USLCA Group Renewal

WALC is willing to facilitate group renewal for  USLCA this year.  Kathie Russell (WALC Treasurer) will collect checks at the November WALC meeting on November 17th or you can mail it to her.  ILCA is not offering group registration discounts this year.  Make checks out to WALC. If you have questions, Kathie’s contact info is in the member directory. Checks must be received by December 1st.