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Next WALC Meeting and Program: 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 9:30 am

Join WALC in Neenah for a morning of breastfeeding education! Earn 2 CERPS

It Takes a Community and Connectedness is Key, Stephanie Gyldenvand, Allison Laverty Montag, IBCLC

Stephanie Gyldenvand is a community health strategist at Winnebago County Health Department. Social support and connectedness through data collection and analysis, community building, and collective action is a focus of Stephanie’s work. Allison Laverty Montag is President of WALC,  a Lactation Consultant and  Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for  Women, Infant and Children (WIC) at Winnebago County Health Department.

Social support and connectedness has emerged as a key factor impacting the health and wellbeing of people at all age levels and across all demographics. Strong support leads to increased mental and physical health, improved access and use of resources, and meaningful engagement in family and community. Social connectedness and support is especially needed for new and breastfeeding mothers.  This presentation will focus on the social support needs of breastfeeding mothers and the role of lactation consultants and counselors. The presenter will share data on who is and is not getting the support that they need, how support impacts our lives, and what we can do as a community and as providers to increase social support and connectedness. There will be small group activities to build connectedness among the group as well as brainstorming on how to apply what was learned.

Location: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
140 S. Green Bay Road
Neenah, WI , WI 54956


9:30 to 10:00      Registration and Networking, Continental Breakfast

10:00 to 11:30    It Takes a Community and Connectedness is Key, Stephanie Gyldenvand

11:30 to 12:00    It Takes a Community, continued, Allison Laverty Montag

12:00 to 12:30   Lunch 

12:30                    WALC Business Meeting and Reports

Objectives: At the end of this program, participants will:

Learn about social connectedness as a protective factor to promote health and wellbeing using local data to demonstrate youth and adult support.

Be able to identify life transitions and the need for increased connection and social support for new and breastfeeding mothers.

Be able to utilize different methods, in person and through technology, in providing that support, with an understanding of the benefits.

CERPS: 1 R CERP and 1 L CERP has been applied for to the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

Cost: CERPS free to WALC Members – if not a member of WALC, $20.00. If staying for lunch and would like to order a lunch, $7.00 to bring to event.  Indicate “request for lunch” when registering.

WALC welcomes new members!  Annual fee is $20.00 for membership. For information and to apply, click on the Membership tab. Application forms for membership will be available at the meeting.

To Register:  click on link here

Upcoming Meetings
Friday, January 17, 2020,  location and topic to be determined, more information coming soon!
If interested in hosting, please contact Diane Oakland,, with topic and/or meeting location suggestions.