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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

 

 

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!

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“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

 

Join us at WALC Meeting, May 7, 2019, Wauwatosa, WI

Outpatient Clinic – Lessons Learned-USLCA Webinar and Panel Discussion Tips for Outpatient Consulting. 2 CERPS. 9:30 a.m. Authentic Birth Center. For information and to register, http://www.walc.net Meetings. Hope to see you there!

See you at the Conference!

The Conference Committee has been hard at work getting the final details together for the conference March 7-8th!

We have a great line up of speakers and vendors and you’ll have opportunities to touch base and network with others. It’s always a great opportunity to be around others that live to help families!

New this year – Wednesday night from 8-9:30 pm, we encourage early arrivals to stop by the lounge to meet other breastfeeding advocates and relax before the conference. We have an area reserved – look for us and maybe take part in some ice breakers!

USLCA Adopts New Guiding Principles

Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

The United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) has adopted new organizational guiding principles. The development of this new foundational profile, that includes USLCA’s Mission, Vision and Values, follows a year of organizational reflection and examination and reflect the beginning of an evolution of the association.

“Like healthcare and community health professionals in virtually every healthcare discipline, lactation care providers are experiencing the everchanging landscape of healthcare in our country,” Executive Director, Danielle Harmon said. “USLCA leadership recognized this and set a course for the future with a refreshed focus and purpose in order to continue to thrive both as a profession and as a professional association.”

Over the past year, USLCA’s board and executive leadership conducted research to help guide the association to a path forward to create more relevancy in serving both today’s membership and the new members it will work to attract. The research also provided insight on the future value of building stronger relationships and meaningful collaboration among professional peer groups and the broader family healthcare team, which USLCA believes will lead to greater recognition of the important role of lactation care providers across all communities.

Who are we?
The United States Lactation Consultant Association is a leader in advancing the lactation profession and advocates for the valuable contribution of lactation care providers on the healthcare team and other community health settings. A trusted source of continuing education and professional development, USLCA and its members strive to improve the health and well-being of children and families.

What is our mission?
USLCA exists to support the advancement of the lactation profession and lactation care providers for the health of families across the country.

What is our vision?
Families in every community will have access to professional lactation care to form a foundation for a lifetime of optimal health and wellness.

As an organization, what are our core values?
The U.S. Lactation Consultants Association is a:
Leader in advancing the community of lactation care providers through professional development, mentoring and advocacy;
Welcoming, inclusive, member-driven association providing opportunities for professional development and advancement of all lactation care providers;
Trusted source of relevant information;
Advocate for lactation care providers and the important role they have on the healthcare team;
Connector to and convener of other organizations and individuals which seek to improve the health and well-being of families everywhere.

WALC Conference Early Bird Registration ends soon

Our 2019 WALC Conference is quickly approaching!  The deadline for Early Bird registration is February 1st – (register online or postmark your mail-in registration by the 1st).  See our website for more conference information and registration – walc.net  

Join us at WALC Meeting, Jan. 18, 2019, Madison

9:30 a.m, for details and on-line registration, http://www.walc.net Meetings. “Low Milk Supply Strategies” Anne Eglash, MD.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity!  Location: UnityPoint Health-Meriter, McConnell Hall, across the street from the hospital, Classroom 9, park in the hospital ramp.  Check under “Next Meeting” for more details and registration.

Hope to see you there!

USLCA Renewal – Group Pricing Info

Hi WALC Members,

One of the benefits of your WALC membership is a $10 discount on USLCA membership!
If you would like to join or renew USLCA membership with the WALC discount please follow the directions on the instruction page below.
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 –   This is a fantastic resource
    • 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
    • Much More!

Hope you will consider joining or renewing your membership in USLCA.