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November 14 WALC Meeting – Growing our Breastfeeding Support Network

Join us for our next WALC meeting, Tuesday November 14th, 9:30 AM – at Ascension Columbia St Mary’s Eastlake Office Center (Milwaukee)

Allison Laverty Montag, IBCLC, RLC will share “Smart Phones – Part of the Breastfeeding Support Network”   1 L CERP

Ann Grauer, IBCLC, RLC, AdvCDPCD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, BDT/PDT(DONA) will present “Postpartum Doulas – Newest Member of the Lactation Team”   1 L CERP

CERPS free to WALC members, $20 for nonWALC members,  lunch – $7   RSVP to doakland@thebirthhospital.org and indicate if you will be staying for lunch

For more information, see our website – walc.net    under “Meetings”



6th Annual Christopher Blaesing Lactation Education Conference- Oct 10




Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is hosting the Sixth Annual Christopher Blaesing Lactation Education Conference on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, to be held in the Briggs and Stratton Auditorium at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.  We are pleased to announce Dr. Christina L. Wichman, D.O., FAPM and Dr. Abbey R. Kruper, PsyD as keynote speakers.

Dr. Wichman is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She has a subspecialty area of expertise in women’s mental health, specifically within the area of psychopharmacology during pregnancy and lactation.

Dr. Kruper joined the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2016.  Dr. Kruper focuses specifically on perinatal mental health as well as psychological aspects of infertility and cancer.  Dr. Kruper is an active member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine as well as adjunct instructor at Marquette University.

In addition, presentations from staff of the March of Dimes NICU Institute are also scheduled.  Topics include “Creating a Culture of Respect”, “Overheard: What We Say, What We Mean and What Families Hear”, and “Patient Experience & Parent Education: The Road to Improving Practice”.

Attached please find conference information.  Please share this with your team members and others who would be interested in attending this educational event.

Save the Date-Children’s Hospital of WI

Celebration of Life for Cathy Szudy, IBCLC, Sunday July 30th

Many of you knew Cathy Szudy – she was a member of WALC since the earliest days and an active IBCLC and midwife in the Madison area.  Cathy died on Tuesday, July 25th after battling an aggressive brain cancer.  She will be greatly missed in our community of breastfeeding advocates.

Cathy Ann Szudy

Cathy Ann Szudy (Schimmel) passed away peacefully surrounded by family, following a six-month battle with brain cancer.
Cathy is survived by six grown children, their five spouses/significant others, fifteen grandchildren, her brother and sister and their spouses, nieces, nephews and many other dear relatives and friends.
Her mother, father and infant daughter Gretchen Marie precede Cathy in death.
Cathy took pride in both motherhood and her career. In addition to raising six children, she returned to school as an adult to become first a registered nurse, then a lactation consultant and finally a certified nurse midwife. Cathy was passionate about women’s strength and abilities to grow, birth and nourish their young. She helped and supported countless families to achieve their goals. She was part of many community organizations and events over the years to increase breastfeeding rates, education and support.
She was very proud that all her children achieved higher education, and perhaps even more proud that all fifteen grandkids were breastfed.
Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life.
She had a special place in her heart for families experiencing loss, spurred by the loss of her own child, Gretchen.
Cathy was known to be a devoted friend. She encouraged and inspired many to dream big and work towards their goals in life, education and career.
Please join us in a celebration of life and ice cream social between 1 and 4 Sunday, July 30th at Cress Funeral, 6021 University Ave. Madison.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in memorium to:

Breastfeeding Coalition of South Central Wisconsin – Cathy Szudy Scholarship Fund
FNU Student Scholarship Fund

Registration is open for “Building a Breastfeeding Legacy” at Lambeau Field

Lambeau – Registration 2017

Join us for our September WALC meeting – in conjunction with the Brown County Breastfeeding Coalition, St Vincent/St Mary’s, WIC Wisconsin and HSHS.  Space is limited so register early!

Reminder: Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 9:30 AM – WALC Meeting

Speaker Nicole Baumann-Blackmore MD, FAAP, IBCLC, along with the NAS team from Unity Point-Meriter  –  Breastfeeding and the NAS Infant – 2 L-Cerps

Beaver Dam Community Hospital – First Floor – Mc Clure/Lamoreau Room, 707 S. University Ave, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Remember to RSVP to sandytestin@gmail.com, let her know if you are staying for lunch ($7.00).

See website under “Meetings” for more information. Hope to see you there!




Speaker Assessment Form added to webpage!

Have you seen a speaker that you would like WALC to consider for our quarterly meetings or the annual conference?

Have you heard a speaker that revitalized you and has valuable information to share?

Is there a topic you would like us to offer and you know an expert that would like to share their knowledge?

A Speaker Assessment form has been added to our “Forms” page. We would like to hear what you think about speakers you have heard!

May 16 WALC Meeting – BF and the NAS Infant with Dr Nicole Baumann-Blackmore

Save the date for our May 16 WALC Meeting in Beaver Dam. Nicole Baumann-Blackmore, MD, IBCLC and the NAS team from Unity Point Health- Meriter -will be sharing information on the NAS infant.  More information available under “Meetings” – Hope to see you there.

2017 Medications and Mother’s Milk (Hale)

WALC will be selling Dr. Hale’s Medication and Mother’s Milk book at the Conference this month.  The price will be deeply discounted to $42.  Although we can take credit cards at the WALC books store, this does increase our costs so cash or check is preferred.

Online Registration for March 9 & 10 WALC Conference

Register online for our upcoming conference with James McKenna, PhD, Jane Morton, MD and Deb Pearson, PhD



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