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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.
MLCA has:
*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 president@masslca.org.

Maire MacLean, IBCLC
President, Mass Lactation Consultant Association

Our Mission Statement

MLCA’s mission is to support the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLCs) of Massachusetts through building professional recognition, advocating for the advancement of the profession and supporting the professional needs of the members.

MLCA is a 501.c.3 nonprofit organization

Looking for an IBCLC?  Click here for the MLCA directory to find an IBCLC in your area. 

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. 

Become a member of MLCA!  Send us an email or join here. Together, we can advance lactation support for all families.

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 LicensureOther committees coming soon. 

Meetings and conferences: You can host a meeting.  Have an idea for an event?
Contact us at info@masslca.org. We are glad to hear from you.