We love highlighting the activities of our amazing USLCA chapters! This month, we’re excited to share information from the Wisconsin Association of Lactation Consultants (WALC).
WALC has formed an Equity Committee to greater understand the needs of the women and families that have not been well-served by our present models of breastfeeding support. WALC desires to increase inclusivity and find ways to better serve communities of Black and Indigenous people of color (BIPOC).
Earlier this year, WALC offered three free webinars, two with Dr. Jenny Thomas “Supporting Breastfeeding during COVID 19” and one with Dr. Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH, “Combatting Racial Inequities in infant Mortalities.”
WALC offers scholarships for people working towards a breastfeeding certification or IBCLC. And our grants are open to any WALC member.
WALC was pleased to be able to give Lisa Anders, a Marquette, graduate student, a grant for the research she is doing in Milwaukee, with women in the Black community. Her work is focusing on Experiential factors that increase exclusivity and duration of breastmilk feeding. She desires to focus on the positive aspects of women who offer their own milk. She is finding a growing number of women who are successfully offering exclusively expressed breastmilk (Exclusively Expressed-Exclusive Breastmilk Feeding [EE-EBMF]. This work will help to increase understanding of women’s satisfaction in offering breastmilk, and opportunities, to provide support to women in their decisions for offering breastmilk. Lisa will complete her dissertation this spring.
The WALC annual conference, in March of 2019 was attended by 388 people. It seems, so long ago that anyone has been able to meet in person. The chapter is looking forward to the time when they can be together again, in a non-virtual way.