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Next WALC Meeting: 

September 16, 2022 – WALC Zoom Webinar, 9:30-12 Noon

Schedule: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm followed by WALC Business Meeting at 12:00 pm

9:30 am Maroon Calabash Grant Report Maroon Calabash was awarded a WALC Grant in 2021.  Maroon Calabash is an innovative organization that has provided a space for Black women in Milwaukee County to practice liberatory reproductive justice at the intersection of modern medicine and cultural traditions.

10-12 Noon Shonte’ Terhune-Smith BS, IBCLC, Health Educator, Doula

Human Milk and Immunizations:

Due to the historical abuse and misuse of Black bodies by the healthcare system, the distrust of medical providers runs deep in the Black community. In the midst of the current pandemic, the disproportionate death rate for Black families and lack of timely access to care has increased this distrust. Public health messaging around the COVID-19 vaccine has not taken these realities into account and thus has fallen short of reaching the families that are most at risk.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze the history of medical racism/anti-blackness, especially for Black birthing & lactating persons
  2. Understand structural inequities and their place in low access/uptake of Covid-19 vaccines
  3. Learn how to successfully tailor public health messaging to BIPOC families

Supporting the NICU Baby

Becoming a NICU parent can be overwhelming and impact how a parent bonds with their infant. Parental engagement is important to the development of a NICU baby. Recognizing the barriers that families face in education received, breastfeeding and connecting to resources can shape how professionals move forward in providing family-centered care in the NICU environment.

The objectives for Supporting the NICU Baby are:

  1. Discuss the experience of NICU families, and the components of family-centered developmental care and culturally sensitive therapeutic interventions that enhance infant care and well-being.
  2. Learn how to enhance parental engagements in the NICU by centering respect, shared knowledge exchange, and enhanced patient and family experience of care in ways that recognize and mitigate stress.
  3. Understand the benefit of the IBCLC as a member of the NICU care team.

12:00 pm WALC Business Meeting – all are welcome and encouraged to attend

CERPS: 1.5 (L) CERPS and 1 (E) CERP have been submitted to the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners


WALC welcomes new members! Annual fee is $25.00 for membership from March through February. For information and to apply, click on the Membership tab.

Questions or if interested in hosting a Meeting, please contact Diane Oakland,, with topic and/or meeting location suggestions.