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Welcome to WALC!

To access the member list or post to the member blog, you will need to login (very top right of this page)  with your password.  Your user name is your first initial and last name (ex. Murphy Brown would be MBrown).  If you don’t know your password, go to the login page and click “Lost your password?”  If you find problems, let Stacy know.


Also – find us on FaceBook:             Wisconsin  Association of Lactation Consultants (WALC):http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wisconsin-Association-of-Lactation-Consultants-WALC/189793571059394



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

Grant Applications due May 1, 2019

Each year that there are adequate funds in the treasury, the WALC will consider grants to individuals or organizations to fund projects consistent with the purposes of WALC. WALC’s statement of purpose can be found on the website, but especially relevant tenets are:

• To support and encourage the development of high standards of effective and ethical practice in the field of infant feeding among lactation consultants and other health care workers.
• To create universal awareness of the importance of human milk and breastfeeding and the hazards of artificial feeding.
• To cooperate with other Wisconsin organizations that have aims and objectives (in whole or in part) similar to those of WALC.

The WALC board will approve the applications and may elect to fully or partially fund a request.

The Project Grant Application can be found under forms on our website. Please submit applications to Allison – allisonlavmon@gmail.com by May 1, 2019. Please contact Allison with any questions.

A Follow-up note from one of our WALC Conference exhibitors

The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation had the pleasure of exhibiting at the WALC 2019 Conference. We enjoyed the opportunity to connect with conference attendees and share information and resources about two of our programs, First Breath and GrapeVine.

  • First Breath is a is a free, statewide program that helps pregnant women, new moms, and their families quit smoking. Healthcare staff are trained to Ask, Advise, and Refer smokers to the Wisconsin’s Women’s Health Foundation (WWHF). WWHF Quit Coaches provide smoking cessation counseling.
  • GrapeVine trains nurses to lead health education sessions in their communities. Nurses complete annual training on WWHF curricula developed with input from academic partners. They then use toolkits to provide free one-hour education sessions on women’s health topics. The goal is to educate Wisconsin women about disease prevention and healthy lifestyle changes.

If anyone  is interested in more information regarding the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation’s programming, please contact:

Chelsea Tibbetts, CHES, CTTS- Outreach Manager      Email: ctibbetts@wwhf.org