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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

Next WALC Meeting:

Low Milk Supply Strategies     Anne Eglash, MD   Session will include an update on herbal recommendations and breastpump use.   2 L CERPS

Friday, January 18, 2019, 9:30 a.m., UnityPoint Health-Meriter, Madison, McConnell Hall, Classroom 9, across the street from the hospital.

No cost. L CERPS free to WALC members, $20.00 for non-members. Lunch cost $7.00. Request lunch with registration.

New! On-line registration now available. For more information and to register, go to “Meetings” / Next Meeting.



Conference Registration fee increases on February 16- Register Soon!

Our 2018 WALC Breastfeeding Conference is less than a month away!  Procrastinator fees start on February 16 so sign up soon to save some money.  And be sure to get your hotel room right away!   To register online:  WALC Conference Online Registration   To Register by mail, check out our brochure on the website (Under Conference).  Be sure to postmark it by February 15 to beat the Procrastinator increase.   Hope to see you there!


Changes to breast pump coverage by Anthem Blue Cross April 1, 2018.

In late December, durable medical equipment providers received a letter from Anthem informing them of a reduction in reimbursement for E0603, from $169.15 to $95.00.  The effective date is April 1, 2018.

CA, CO, CT, GA, IN, KY, ME, MO, NH, NV, IL, NY, OH, VA, WI, are the states being affected.

Let’s work together to protect the families we work with to get the care and breastfeeding equipment they need!

You can use the following on social media:

Big changes are coming for thousands of moms with Anthem Blue Cross benefits.  @AnthemInc has decided to cut their rates for breastfeeding support starting April 1.  Many moms depend on quality breast pumps to care for their babies.  They are planning to reduce breast pump coverage to $95. At that low of a rate, there is no quality pump in existence that can extract milk or keep up your supply.   

Let @AnthemInc know that moms and babies matter.  Share your voice online and contact https://twitter.com/hashtag/antheminc to stress your concern.  Or send a letter: To the Chief Medical Officer, Craig Samitt, MD. (Craig.Samitt@anthem.com).


Dr. Jenny Thomas has shared this information on Facebook and has given permission for us to share her post here. Please see her facebook page for the original post which you can share.

February 3, 2018

I use this site to share evidence-based science and practices and other really cool things about human milk but today I’m going to take a very personal and American turn and talk about the behavior of Anthem, Inc. The good news, by the end of this post, is that outcry from the public has reversed what I’m about to share in at least one state. I am hoping you will help.

On April 1st, 2018, Anthem BC/BS (my insurance company, and that of many in Southeastern Wisconsin) will cut breastfeeding support for the purchase of breast pumps for its customers by 45%, from $169.15 to $95. As many of you know, the breastfeeding provisions contained within the Affordable Care Act allowed for mothers to receive a breast pump at no cost sharing.

Anthem’s decision was announced to durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers for Anthem and not to Anthem subscribers who will only notice the change after April 1, 2018.

The decision is detrimental to the health of mothers and babies. If a mother uses an inferior pump, it affects her supply and ultimately her ability to meet her own and nationally set goals. I am especially motivated because it affects the mothers and babies for whom I care in Wisconsin, but this cut will also touch mothers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, Illinois, New York, Ohio and Virginia.

I have already contacted Anthem and received this as a response from Kathryn Norman, Vice President, Provider Solutions at Anthem:

“Please be assured we are in complete agreement regarding the clinical value of breast milk for babies and we join you in wanting to see more mothers and babies engage in this practice for the reasons you stated.

The decision to reduce reimbursement for HCPCS E0603 followed extensive analysis and review of market dynamics. Quality, accessibility and affordability were important components in making this decision to ensure Anthem’s members will continue to receive high quality, affordable care. With that in mind and high confidence that quality affordable care remains intact, we respectfully decline the request that Anthem reverse the fee schedule reduction.” (End quote)

I am not aware of what data Anthem is using to support their decision other than the “review of market dynamics.” However, several different actuarial analyses conducted in 2017 and work done by health economists reached the predictable conclusion that supporting breastfeeding saves money. So if this decision moves forward as planned, and Anthem limits access to the quality breast pumps necessary in the US for the many, many women who need to return to work after their babies are born, Anthem will see higher costs in the short and long-term. This cut does not benefit them either.

If you are interested in helping to stop this cut, tag @AnthemInc on social media and/or email Chief Medical Officer Craig.Samitt@anthem.com. We know that public action by motivated, passionate people, changed the decision in Alabama. We have an opportunity to reverse this decision before it is implemented. Share this, post online, email. Let’s reverse this cut.

Thank you

Dr. Jen
(Jennifer Thomas, MD, MPH, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM)

Membership Chair Volunteer Needed!

Are you passionate about breastfeeding and want to work with other enthusiastic and passionate individuals?
WALC is seeking a volunteer to work with WALC Members! Please contact Allison at allisonlavmon@gmail.com with questions or to express interest.
Membership Chair Job Description
1.Keep updated list of WALC members
We currently use Excel to maintain the membership list and share with other members of the Board who need access to this information.  Need access to Excel.
2.  Welcome new members to WALC and help get them set up with our website access for members.  Also provide them information about how to receive WALC postings.
3. Make a Membership Directory each March – email to Directory to our webmaster for posting in our password protected part of our website.
4.  Participate as a Board member at our 4 Board meetings each year (January, May, September and November). Location varies.

Calling for Nominations!

WALC is seeking nominations for President! Are you interested in taking part in YOUR Association?

You may nominate yourself! If you are interested, please contact Allison at allisonlavmon@gmail.com

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2018.

Please see the description of duties below. Attendance at quarterly Board and General Meetings is required.
President Job Description

USLCA Group Renewal Information

Hello Everyone! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Many of you also belong to USLCA and it is time to renew those memberships. You can save $10 by using our WALC code when you renew or join USLCA.
Here is our group code:
Below are directions for renewing or initiating USLCA membership on the USLCA website https://uslca.org/
If you have questions or need assistance, please email USLCA at info@uslca.org
USLCA Membership Benefits:
    • Licensure & Reimbursement Advocacy Efforts to Secure Your Future
    • Access to Current Publications & Practice Resources
    • Being Part of the ONLY U.S.-focused advocacy group for the IBCLC
    • Subscription to Clinical Lactation
    • Regular eNews with Updates Important to YOU
    • Discounts on Educational Opportunities that Offer CERPs & CNEs
    • Free IBCLC Listing in USLCA’s Find a Lactation Consultant Directory
    • Networking & Leadership Opportunities
    • State & Regional Chapters Throughout the U.S.
    • Exclusive Members-Only Benefits & Discounts Introduced Regularly

Nov 14 WALC Meeting in Milwaukee

Don’t miss our November 14th WALC meeting!  Allison Laverty Montag,IBCLC and WALC President,  will share information on using your smart phone to provide information to your clients and Ann Grauer, IBCLC and Doula, will present  how PostPartum Doulas fit into the breastfeeding support network.  2 L CERPs available

Be sure to RSVP to Diane Oakland at  doakland@thebirthhospital.org by Friday, November 10th.

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

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!