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...

Honoring Rosemary Peterson

There are women who, for decades before us, continually advocated for lactation support and education. Rosemary Peterson was one of those women. I met Rosemary in 2000 when she came to our first BirthReady (independent childbirth education and support) event. It...

Education for Complicated Topics

Your trusty cadre of MLCA volunteers is at it again. We’ve organized an excellent conference, the fifth in three years. We are busy and we are good!  Save the Date, Register now .   “It’s Complicated” breastfeeding conference on Saturday, November 2,...

Breastfeeding in the Workplace

A breastfeeding mother could not pump at work. She sued her employer for workplace discrimination and won… millions of dollars. That news made the headlines at least twice in the last two months. To their credit, these women planned ahead, reviewed the...

What Do You Think?

Fellow IBCLCs, what do you think? As our profession grows, as we see changes in health care and we see new families…. there are important questions to address. Your voice does matter. • USLCA wants to hear from you. The USLCA annual Board meeting is asking for your...