Advocacy in Action


USLCA’s Top Ways to Advocate for the IBCLC in 2017

February 7, 2017

Here’s a question we see IBCLCs asking all over social media: how can we all best represent our work and our identity as IBCLCs? At USLCA, we want to inspire you, our dedicated and hard-working members, to advocate for yourselves every single day. Here are some ideas for how to keep forging connections that help people understand what we do…


USLCA is Advocacy in Action

January 13, 2017

USLCA Advocates in Washington, DC for the Needs of Breastfeeding Families. Recently, USLCA sent its Executive Director, Danielle Harmon, to join many other national breastfeeding advocacy organizations in our nation’s capital to welcome lawmakers with information about protecting health through breastfeeding…


Looking Toward New Horizons in Clinical Lactation

December 13, 2016

USLCA Releases Model Licensure Bill to State Committees. Your Board of Directors is grateful for the work on IBCLC licensure in which so many of you are engaged. The development of Lactation Consultant Practice Acts within your own states is a challenging endeavor. ….


In Gratitude for the Work You Do as an IBCLC

November 15, 2016

The USLCA Board of Directors is so grateful for the work that IBCLCs do across our nation and around the world. As IBCLCs ourselves, we know the passion and commitment that you pour into every interaction with a breastfeeding family, every conversation about breastfeeding with a healthcare colleague, every opportunity you have to advocate publicly for babies, mothers, and breastfeeding….


Top Ideas for Highlighting the Work of IBCLCs

October 13, 2016

AAP Georgia Chapter Announces IBCLC Licensure to its Members in Newsletter. In the recent issue of the “Georgia Pediatrician,” the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics announced to its members that licensure of IBCLCs is underway in Georgia, the second state to sign into law an IBCLC licensure bill…


Always Advocating for the IBCLC

September 13, 2016

Why Licensure for the IBCLC®? The purpose of all licensure is to ensure the safety of the public. Licensure of a health profession by legislation ensures the public that those using the licensed title have met the knowledge and skill criteria to safely provide the healthcare profession services  to the patient. The license also holds the  licensee accountable to maintain standards of care and professional ethics…


Upcoming Class Action Lawsuit: What You Need to Know

March 7, 2016

Recently, USLCA’s President, Debi Ferrarello, MSN, MS, RN, IBCLC, RLC spoke with an attorney from the firm planning to launch a class action law suit on behalf of women who have been denied coverage for lactation counseling under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Debi reports that the attorney was well aware that IBCLCs are the…


FDA Plans Public Workshop on Medications and Lactation

March 7, 2016

The FDA is planning a public workshop on gathering and communicating information about medications during lactation on April 27-28, 2016 in Silver Spring MD. Director of Licensure and Reimbursement Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC, RLC will represent USLCA and the IBCLC at this workshop.  The purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum to discuss…