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Next WALC Meeting: 

January 15, 2021 – WALC Webinar, 10:00 am

Join us for a webinar via Zoom as we welcome Mary Muse, IBCLC, MPH, CHES, LLL

The Role of the Grandmother in Breastfeeding – Grandmothers are listening to their daughters, are you? What Lactation Professionals can learn from Grandmothers in offering lactation support

Mary Muse, an IBCLC with a Masters Degree in Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, a certified Health Education Specialist and founder of Mary Muse Consulting – Every Family Breastfeeding, is a researcher who serves as project director for an intergenerational breastfeeding project at the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

At some point, all mothers will decide whether to human milk feed or formula feed their infant. In addition to the lack of social policies to support families, the stressors of motherhood can make this decision challenging. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding urged researchers to begin to investigate how grandmothers influence their daughters’ decision to breastfeed. For example, several studies suggest that social support from the partner and maternal grandmother has the most substantial influence on mothers’ breastfeeding intention. Grandmothers serve as untapped resources and allies in helping mothers’ decisions about human milk feeding. Given that lactation professionals are more likely to encounter the maternal or paternal grandmother following a grandchild’s birth, this interactive presentation provides participants with insights and strategies for including grandmothers in the lactation consultation process. Moreover, lactation professionals will receive information about the benefits of listening to grandmothers and develop confidence in initiating a plan.

Upon completion, the participants will be able to:

  1. Identify two root causes of low breastfeeding rates in the United States by using the ecological model as a guiding framework.
  2. State two ways lactation professionals can seize the opportunity to hear from nursing mothers.
  3. List two practical ways grandmothers are a liaison to their daughters.
  4. List two benefits of human milk commonly stated by grandmothers.
  5. State four roles grandmothers play in their daughters’ breastfeeding journey. 

Schedule:  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. followed by WALC Business Meeting at 12:00 p.m.



Cost:  This Webinar is free

WALC welcomes new members!  Annual fee is $20.00 for membership from March through February, 2021. For information and to apply, go to, click on Membership tab.  

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