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November WALC Meeting:  “Growing our Breastfeeding Support Network”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 9:30 am, Milwaukee, WI

Go to Meetings/”Next Meetings” for details

Survey on Infant Side-Car Bassinett

Hello All!

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute is seeking participants for the Maternity Care Experiences and Infant Side-Car Bassinet survey. They are seeking mothers, partners, other family, health care providers, and researchers who work with mothers and infants.

Please take 20-30 minutes to share your thoughts and distribute this research opportunity with your networks. The survey is open to all, regardless of whether your primary experience was in a hospital, birthing center, or home.

For additional details about the CGBI design and development of infant side-car bassinet, please click here. For more information, contact the lead investigator at Kristin.Tully@unc.edu. Thank you!

Infant Side-car Bassinet Survey

January 20 WALC Meeting In Appleton – Empowering Mothers with Mindfulness

Don’t miss our January WALC Meeting!

Please join us:
Friday, January 20, 2017, 9:30 AM
ThedaCare Regional Medical Center, Appleton Campus – Ironwood Room
1818 N Meade St
Appleton, WI 54911
Empowering Breastfeeding Mothers with Mindfulness, 2 L-CERPS,
Speaker Jenny DeDecker, LMT, CLC, CD, Yoga Instructor
Practitioner will be able to list 2 ways mindfulness can be applied
Practitioner will be able to list 2 tools to use in teaching mothers/families to “be in the present” so they can have a clearer view point of the circumstances at hand
Practitioner will be able to demonstrate use of tools such as breath and body awareness to help the mother remain in control during frustrations that may come up while establishing and continuing the breastfeeding relationship
Self-Efficacy is a major contributor to a mother’s ability and desire to breastfeed. Practitioner will be able to describe how mindfulness increases self-efficacy
9:30 Registration and networking
10:00 Jenny DeDecker – “Empowering Breastfeeding Mothers with Mindfulness”
12:00 Lunch, more networking and WALC Business Meeting – all participants are encouraged to stay for WALC meeting

Jenny DeDecker, LMT, CLC, CD(DONA), is owner of Full Moon Rising, a wellness studio, in Norway, MI. She offers Massage and Bodywork, Craniosacral Therapy, Yoga, Meditation, and Maternal Health Services, including Lactation Counseling, Prenatal Massage, and Doula Services.

Registration & cost:
CERPS are free for WALC members, $7 lunch CERPS for Non WALC Members – $20 – includes lunch.
To register, email sandytestin@gmail.com and let Sandy know you plan to attend and if you will be staying for lunch

2017 WALC Breastfeeding Conference

The Online registration for the March 9 & 10, 2017 WALC Breastfeeding Conference is now available on our website.  Check out the great speakers.  A Brochure will also come by U.S. postal mail at the end of December – watch for it!

Follow this link to the online registration:https://www.regonline.com/2017walcbreastfeedingconference

Group Memberships available for USLCA and ILCA! Act Fast!

WALC is willing to facilitate group renewals again this year. Kathie Russell (WALC Treasurer) will collect checks at the November WALC meeting on November 15th in Madison or you can mail it to her. You can join one or both.

USLCA renewal this year is $75 if you join as part of a group (on your own is $85). For more info https://uslca.org/join_renew

ILCA has begun offering group registration discounts again! Standard membership is $118.80 each as part of a group (on your own is $132). We will assume you are a “standard” member unless told otherwise. For more info http://www.ilca.org/main/member-benefits/econverse/group-membership.

WALC Membership continues to be $20 for year.  Our membership cycle runs March 1 to Feb 28 (to coincide with our yearly conference).

Make checks out to WALC. If you have questions, Kathie’s contact info is in the member directory. Checks must be received (not postmarked) by December 1st so get them in the mail early!



Reminder- Nov 15th WALC meeting in Madison

Reminder:  Be sure to register by November 8th for our November 15th WALC meeting.  Amber France, MS, MPH, IBCLC will be sharing the challenges working mothers face with childcare and how we can support them.  Amber will provide information on the “Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Initiative”.  To register, email sandytestin@gmail.com.  Let us know if you will be staying for lunch.  More information is available under “Meetings” on our WALC site (walc.net)

November 15, 2016 WALC Meeting – Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Initiative

The Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Initiative is a statewide program that helps increase the duration of breastfeeding by educating childcare providers on breastfeeding basics and how to support moms.  This presentation informs you on the Wisconsin childcare provider recognition program and how IBCLCs and other lactation professionals play an important role in this process.  See www.walc.net for more information.

Secretary Position on Board Open!

Please get nominations in (you can nominate yourself!) for the Secretary Position on the Board!

The WALC Secretary Position is open. This is an elected Board position and we are taking nominations through October 1st. 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
3rd Tuesday of November
We often meet the evening before these dates when the Board agenda is longer (commonly January and May meetings).
Submit minutes to Board for review and post on website within 2 weeks of meeting.

September 16th Meeting Wauwatosa

I hope everyone is having a great summer! Please make plans to join us in Wauwatosa for our next education opportunity and General Meeting! Visit our ‘next meetings’ page for more information.

Friday, Sept 16, 2016  9:30 AM  – Wheaton Franciscan – Wauwatosa Campus (Milwaukee)

Wheaton Franciscan – Wauwatosa Campus is centrally and conveniently located just off of Interstate 94 on Mayfair Road (Hwy 100).

201 N. Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Phone: 414-259-7200

Speaker Summer Kelly RN, BSN, IBCLC on Microbiome and Milk Banking 2 CERPs

2016 New Grant Recipients

The WALC Board received many applications for grants this year, possibly the most we’ve ever received! It’s exciting to see what our members are up to and we look forward to seeing the results next year. 🙂

The WALC grants awarded this year are as follows:

NWBN – Northwestern Wisconsin Breastfeeding Network- $600 towards the purchase of a freezer for a new milk depot at the Family Resource Center in Eau Claire.

Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition – $250 sponsorship for their 10th Annual Education Day

The Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes – $4,000 towards laboratory costs for screening of new donors and shipping costs.

The Milk Mob – $3,000 towards training of 30 Medical Residents in an 8 hour breastfeeding course.

Brown County Breastfeeding Coalition – $1,250 towards items to help local childcare providers become designated Breastfeeding Friendly.

BFAN – Breastfeeding Alliance of Northeast Wisconsin – $800 for items and handouts for ongoing efforts to help local childcare providers become designated Breastfeeding Friendly.

More updates from Grant Recipients

African American Breastfeeding Network, Inc.

2016 Report to WALC


Background: In September 2015 AABN received a $1,000 grant from WALC. Initially

WALC asked AABN to use the funding for food; because food was already covered by

two other grants we received (United Way and the Wisconsin Partnership Program-
Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families) we got permission to use the funding to cover

costs to provide transportation to families wishing to attend our monthly Community

Breastfeeding Gatherings (CBGs) held at the Northside YMCA.

AABN has created the only breastfeeding support model that is culturally specific and

community-centered. The majority of participants are African Americans whose

financial resources are below the federal poverty limit. Unfortunately, for many

transportation is a luxury that is unattainable. AABN recognized this gap and has

offered transportation since 2010; however with recent funding cuts we were unable to

offer this important service.

Funding: AABN contracted services with IServe Transportation Company. Costs for

transportation for 12 months for one CBG site–we have two sites—is $3,600. It cost

$300 per event to transport 14 people. With WALC funding we were able to secure

transportation for 3 months (October, November and December). We added the

additional $100 to help offset transportation costs, and through donations were able to

secure an additional $1,800 to cover the remaining 6 months (January 2016 –June 2016).

Outcomes: During the 3 months in which we used WALC funding we had a total of 42

families use transportation services, which helped to double our attendance. By June

2016 we estimate 120 pregnant mothers will attend the CBGs. Our data indicates that

when women use our services initiation rates are 90% and exclusivity rates at 3 months

is 60%, higher than Wisconsin and the Country rates! Our data show also that pregnant

mothers attend at least 2 CBGs and attend one time during early postpartum, which

allows them one-on-one consultation with an IBCLC. Thus a great majority of the

pregnant moms attended multiple CBG to help build their breastfeeding confidence.

They are encouraged to bring a support person to the CBG. Families together build

natural supports (family, friends, peers) and leverage their support network. Mother

define breastfeeding success for themselves and AABN Peer counselors and Father Peer

Advocate help mothers achieve breastfeeding confidence and eventually reach her

breastfeeding goal.


Dalvery Blackwell, Co-Founder, Executive Director