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Next WALC Meeting: 

May 17, 2022 – WALC Zoom Webinar, 10:00 am

Schedule: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm followed by WALC Business Meeting at 12:00 pm

10:00 am “Mentoring the Future of Lactation Support” – Allison Walsh IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE, Postpartum Doula, LLLL

Mentoring can seem like a Herculean task for busy IBCLC’s who are already stretched thin on time and energy. Take an in-depth look at the why’s and how’s of mentoring the next generation and also why it is crucial. Learn about IBLCE’s requirements and how to smooth the process and for fulfilling experiences for both mentees and yourself.

Allison attended Syracuse University, BA, is an American College of Childbirth Educators Fellow, a La Leche League Leader for over 20 years and is currently a Childbirth Educator, IBCLC and Postpartum Doula in private practice in New York City.  Allison has over 20 years of experience in perinatal and lactation education, curriculum development and management in New York City hospitals, with numerous publications and presentations, and is co-founder of the Lactation Learning Collective in New York City. 


Participants will be able to:

  1. Explore the importance of providing mentorship as an IBCLC. This section will explore the benefits to: growing the profession in numbers and diversity, the individuals serving as mentors, and those who are mentees.
  2. Understand the mentorship process. IBLCE’s requirements for Pathway 3 mentorship will be explained.
  3. Learn how to create a multi-faceted and individualized experience for mentees, while also addressing how to incorporate mentorship into their private practice.

11:30 am “So you want to be a Lactation Professional” – Nicole Miles, MA, CD, IBCLCBirth Outcomes Made Better (BOMB) Doula Program Manager

Are you interested in becoming a lactation professional but don’t know where to begin? Have you heard the terms CLC, CBS, CLE, and want to know the difference between each certification? Are you a birth worker who wants to learn more about lactation and wondering which route to take? This webinar is for you! Nicole will share her knowledge on all the ways to become a lactation professional.

Nicole is a Smith College alumna ’12, public health worker, and a WALC Board member.  As a full spectrum Doula, Newborn Care Specialist, IBCLC, and student midwife (CPM), with over 10 years experience in childcare and birth work, Nicole is a dedicated birth worker who takes an integrative approach to birth and parenthood, building community resources for families of color, committed to collaborating with community members and practitioners to compile much needed resources for families. 


Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify varied lactation certifications to meet individual needs
  2. Learn how to navigate routes to achieve certification

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

CERPS: 2 L CERPS 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.