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The Massachusetts Lactation Consultant Association
Support and advocacy for the IBCLCs of Massachusetts
For families needing lactation help: During these challenging times International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are continuing to help families meet their Breastfeeding/chest feeding goals by offering lactation support in homes, offices, virtually and at outdoors support groups.
Click here for a directory of in person and virtual providers.
MESSAGE FROM OUR MLCA PRESIDENT:
To all MLCA members, supporters and parents,
The pandemic has shown how important breastfeeding support is to the health of Massachusetts parents and babies while also exposing the problems of access to that care.
Throughout the pandemic MLCA has worked to advocate for increased access to lactation care and recognition for the role of lactation consultants in serving the most vulnerable little ones.
*participated in hearings on maternal health disparity and the impact of Covid
*advocated for inclusion of Lactation Consultants in the home healthcare worker category for vaccine eligibility.
*Offered resources to MA Lactation Consultants as they shifted to offering care via telehealth.
*Supported changes to mentorship requirements to include participation in virtual consults.
* Provided exam review sessions via Zoom for aspiring and recertifying IBCLCs preparing for the IBLCE exam.
*Updated members and the broader lactation community about new COVID guidance and research pertinent to their work.
We look forward to offering additional support, resources and advocacy going forward. If you would like to help or have suggestions for additional ways we can support IBCLCs please be in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maire MacLean, IBCLC
President, Mass Lactation Consultant Association
Our Mission Statement
MLCA is a 501.c.3 nonprofit organization
Our current directory is free for telehealth providers during the time of social distancing. Help is still available! These are IBCLCs who offer home visits, private office visits, breastfeeding clinics, pump rentals and related sales. If you are interested in being listed, please email us.
Here’s some of what we’re working on:
Full Directory: Virtual providers listed for free during the time of social distancing. Members will be permanently listed.
Lending Library: For aspiring IBCLCs and those who are recertifying.
Committees and Projects: Our Access Committee is comprised of a committed group of IBCLCs who are working to expand access to lactation services in the Commonwealth. Projects are geared toward increased visibility of the IBCLC in the community as well as mentoring the next generation aspiring IBCLCs. Members of MLCA are also working hard on IBCLC licensure through Project Licensure. Other committees coming soon.