The More Things Change…

The more things change… politics, techniques… the more things stay the same… responding to baby, frequent feeding. It’s helpful to have good colleagues to navigate varied concerns. Why do policies differ in places? What does the research say? How do you manage a...

Updated Lactation Research

Checking the MLCA email, I see a question about Malungaay. This plant, also known as Moringa, is traditionally used in the Philippines and Southeast Asia for postpartum and breastfeeding nutrition. It’s eaten in soups and stir-fry. Here in the West, we can purchase it...

Two Breastfeeding Parents

We meet several configurations of families in our work. No matter the design, every family needs honest support, accurate information and patience. Rachel Hess, MS will present a relevant topic at our November 2nd conference. “Supporting LGBQ/T Families: Moving from...

Complicated Issues, Public Policies

I read an article this month that made me glad for the upcoming “It’s Complicated” conference on November 2nd. It was particularly relevant to Rachel Blumberg’s upcoming presentation: “Building Your Tool Kit to Support Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual...

Some Complicated Questions

Listening to a presentation about preterm babies at home after the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, these questions kept coming up: Why, how often and for how long to fortify human breast milk? We’re glad to report that Dr. Marianne Anderson will be addressing this...

Breastfeeding Anytime, Anywhere.

Sitting on a park bench, she nurses her infant while the toddlers play. How convenient, the baby’s fed and the kids are happy. When loud noise at the airport scares the baby, the mother nuzzles her close and comforts her with breastfeeding. How convenient, the baby’s...

IBCLC Licensure and Access to Care

Two licensure bills have been filed in Massachusetts. In the House of Representative, presented by Marjorie Decker, H3496:  An Act to Improve Breastfeeding Care. In the Senate, presented by Adam Hinds, S1270: An Act Promoting the Health and Well-being of Mothers and...

Advocacy That Works

Reading about successful class action suits is encouraging. Though before it comes to a lawsuit, calls and letters can make a difference. Some insurance companies have recognized the value of IBCLC care sooner than later. Here’s an example. In November 2016,...

United Healthcare Class Action Lawsuit

The new mother is asking for help and you know you could be of assistance. When she asks about insurance and payment, you tell her that lactation support, as a women’s preventative health service, is required to be provided under the Affordable Care Act. Nonetheless,...

Thank You, Tricia

June marks a time of graduations, recitals, weddings and other transitions. MLCA is marking a transition in our Board of Directors. We’d like to thank Tricia Elbl, IBCLC for all she has contributed to MLCA since 2016. Because her family has an opportunity to...