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Wisconsin Senate Bill 316 – Anti-Shackling – Time Sensitive

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SB 316 addresses the treatment and availability of support services to pregnant and postpartum women in Wisconsin state prisons and county jails.


Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau

This bill limits the use of physical restraints on pregnant and postpartum
people who are in the custody of a correctional facility. Under the bill, a pregnant
person may not be restrained unless the restraints are reasonably necessary for the
legitimate safety and security needs of the person, correctional staff, or public, and
any restraints used must be the least restrictive possible. In addition, the bill
requires that every woman in the custody of a correctional facility be offered testing
for pregnancy, and, if pregnant, be offered testing for sexually transmitted infections.
The bill also requires the correctional facility where the pregnant or postpartum
person is being confined to provide information related to pregnancy, labor, and the
postpartum period, and to provide access to certain health services related to
pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period.

Dr. Hartke has invited members to reach out to her with questions or if there is interest in participating in the hearing.


WALC and WBC welcome you to the 2019 Annual Summit, September 26, Marshfield, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

How BF Support Can Integrate Maternal Health, Sleep and Fatigue Management, and Infant Outcomes, 2 L CERPS, Hotel Marshfield. For information and link to register: http://www.walc.net  Meetings. Afternoon presentations include Coffective, BF friendly worksites, BF promotion and updates.  $25.00 registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. Hope to see you there!

Grant Recipients 2019

The WALC Board loves grant time! We get to see what others are up to in the world of breastfeeding and we get to support it! Below are some of the projects in Wisconsin that WALC supports through our grant program.

Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes – Support an increase in charity care for Wisconsin families who depend on donor milk to protect their infant’s health.

IABLE (Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding and Lactation Education) – Support the development of a digital platform to provide low cost CERPS.

TLC – The Lactation Clinic – Support the development of a non-profit breastfeeding clinic in Southeast Wisconsin.

Winnebago County Health Department – Replacement freezer for the Milk Depot.

African American Breastfeeding Network – Support the B.I.G. (Breastfeeding is Great) Sisters program to help normalize breastfeeding and increase rates. Program attendees will serve as advocates and champions.



Welcome Stephanie Ryan – WALC Board Secretary!

We would like to welcome Stephanie Ryan as the WALC Board Secretary!
Steph is an RN, IBCLC and has a strong passion for working with breastfeeding families and for working with those who work with breastfeeding families. She has worked in Maternal Child Heath for her entire 32 year career – labor and delivery, childbirth education, and mother baby nursing.
Welcome, Steph! We’re happy to have you on the team!

Ballot for WALC Board Secretary

Hello everyone!

All WALC members are encouraged to vote for WALC Board Secretary. Please check your email for your ballot and take a moment to vote!

Thank you for all you do to support breastfeeding families!

Chocolate Milk Documentary Screening Opportunity




Special invitation

The last week of August 25 – 31st, is Black Breastfeeding Week, which focuses on the racial disparities in breastfeeding between white and black mothers. Chocolate Milk®: The Documentary explores this issue through the stories of three African American women: a new mother, a midwife and a WIC employee. By creating an engaging narrative about the challenges and joys of breastfeeding, we hope to spark public discussion on how communities can better support black mothers.

So far we’ve received responses from over 170 organizations, putting us more than halfway to our goal of 200 screenings across the U.S.! We still have spots left and invite your group or organization to sign-up by completing the intake survey at the link below. Once we’ve reached our goal we’ll provide details about how to schedule and host a screening. The official deadline to submit was April 12th, 2019, but we’re giving your organization a special extension until May 17.

Elizabeth Bayne
Director, Chocolate Milk®: The DocumentaryP.S. – For more details click this link to our FAQ page.

P.P.S. – For a synopsis of Chocolate Milk®: The Documentary click here

Call for nominations for Secretary Board Position!

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

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 (Day may vary)
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

Are you going to the USLCA conference?!?

If you are attending the USLCA conference in Scottsdale, AZ next week, we would love to touch base!

WALC will have a Chapter table at the conference and there will be a notepad for you to reach out to us. We’d love to talk over breakfast or lunch 🙂

You can also reach me through the App being used for the conference.

Hope to see you there!


Breastfeeding Portrait – Rachel, Warrior Mom

We wanted to share this blog post, Breastfeeding Portrait – Rachel, Warrior Mom, written by a frequent attendee to the WALC conference. Enjoy!


“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”

Dalai Lama

Study exploring the experiences of African American IBCLCs

Survey Study


A graduate student at NC State University is conducting a study exploring the experiences of African American IBCLCs.

She is looking for African American women who are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) to discuss their experiences gaining their certification.

If you are interested, please complete this one minute survey (https://ncsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6XM3TLjS0ZAFvRb).

If you are eligible for the study, the student will contact you about participating in a 30-60 minute phone interview to speak about your certification experience.

Those who complete an interview will be sent a $20 Amazon e-gift card!

If you have questions, please email Savannah Pressley at slpressl@ncsu.edu