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What has MLCA done so far?

What has MLCA done so far? Massachusetts Lactation Consultants Association is an official 501.c.3 non-profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible.  When you become a member, we’ll include you in our monthly emailing with blog updates and other news items.

Here’s a few things we have done since 2016.

  • Several educational events:
    November 2016 Premature Infants: From N.I.C.U to Home.  Tufts Medical Center, Boston 
    February 2017  ‘What to Expect When You Expect A.C.A Repeal’  Jessica M. Lang, PhD, IBCLC, MPH.  Newton
    April 2017  Breastfeeding News You Can Use. Melrose-Wakefield Hospital,  Melrose.
    August 2017 ‘The Milky Way’ film showing and discussion. Newton
    September 2017  Learn and Share: Case Studies, PPD and Insurance. UMass Worcester.
    May 2018  Master Class with Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC  Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Medford. 
    November 2018  News You Can Use conference at Tufts Medical Center, Boston
  • Provided conference scholarship for volunteer breastfeeding support people and peer counselors.
  • Free Webinar (1.5 CERPs) for members: “Food Sensitivities in the Breastfeeding Baby” January 2019
  • Lending Library: available to current and aspiring IBCLCs.
  • News updates and items of interest on website.
  • Regular blog updates sent to your email.
  • Members directory.
  • 20% discount for MLCA members with Springer Publications.
  • Had productive discussion with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MA about the value of IBCLC care beyond the hospital stay. Starting in November 2017, BC/BS of MA reimbursed for IBCLC home visits.
  • Gave a presentation to medical directors of health plans in MA about the value of IBCLC care.
  • MLCA has held annual meetings in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. We’ve also had regional meetings in different parts of the state so more members can attend. Volunteer to host a meeting in your area!
  • Check out our MLCA Facebook page.



  • Get involved  in the legislative effort for licensure of IBCLCs.  Assure IBCLC care for all Massachusetts families. Talk to your legislators, discuss this with families and clients.
  • Build relationships with organizations that work to improve lactation services for families.
  • Promote and communicate the interests and concerns of Massachusetts lactation consultants in the local and national chapters.
  • Host a regional meeting,
  • Present a topic at an educational event.
  • Educate your legislators about the IBCLC standard of care.
  • Participate in organizing and co-ordinating the annual conference.
  • Get involved in developing mentoring projects and scholarships.
  • Network with other lactation consultants with similar interests.
    We have Regional Meetings across the Commonwealth, an annual Members Meeting and an annual conference
  • Job postings available on website
  • Receive the quarterly MLCA newsletter, read the blog.
  • Attend a conference. May 1, 2018: Master Class with Catherine Watson Genna, BS IBCLC.
  • Take part in a free webinar each year.
  • The Lending Library is availalbe to aspiring and current IBCLCs. Click on the lending library page.