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Member Minute
September 27, 2016

Your Voice Reaches Across the Nation!
Welcome to your September 2016 Member Minute!  We are highlighting opportunities for your professional expertise and voice to contribute to national conversations on the progress of breastfeeding advocacy as well as policy recommendations and even FDA guidelines.  Because you, the IBCLC®, are the expert in clinical lactation care, these calls for comments are critical to ensuring that the knowledge and experience you have accumulated are a part of this work.  
We are always proud and excited to read your words on social media platforms; you never cease to amaze us with your thoughtfulness, willingness to share best practices, and ideas for improving the care of breastfeeding families.  We also know that large organizations like the USBC, the FDA, ACOG, and others need to hear what you know and what you think via their official channels in order to incorporate your input into their work.  We encourage you to take a few minutes to participate in these calls to action and to share them with all of your amazing colleagues!  

USBC Compiling Report on Progress of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

This exciting project will bring life to the stories of past successes and ideas for the future.

We encourage you to strongly consider sharing your opinions on Action 11:

Action 11: Access to Professional Care

Ensure access to services provided by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants."

This action directly affects the future of the IBCLC® profession. We must ensure that this Action is not compromised because families deserve the level of care that only the IBCLC can provide.  When breastfeeding families are in need of expert clinical lactation care to help them navigate complex breastfeeding situations, IBCLC care should be available to them.  As we work to strengthen the position of the IBCLC in the picture of breastfeeding support, we simultaneously encourage aspiring IBCLCs to pursue this noble and rewarding profession.  

Please contribute your personal and professional reflections to USBC using their Public Comment Forums at 

Instagram Experts: Help USLCA Market the IBCLC!

We would love to have you help us grow our Instagram presence!  Our Marketing Committee needs your Instagram Expertise to help us build our voice on this popular social media platform.  Please contact our Director of Marketing, Christine Staricka, at if you can contribute to our marketing efforts on any social media platform!  

Last Call for Public Comment on Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) Draft Recommendations

As part of its recommendation development process, the WPSI Advisory Panel and Multidisciplinary Steering Committee are soliciting public comment on draft recommendations for women’s preventive health care services, including HRSA-sponsored Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines.

The Call for Public Comment closes on September 30, 2016.

The charge of the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative is to develop, review, and update recommendations for women’s preventive health care services. Learn more about WPSI here:  See the WPSI public comment page for instructions on leaving high quality comments including the categories for types of comments and ethical guidelines Please send your comments to

New Report from The First 1000 Days: Nourishing America's Future

This new report is free to download at  It is easy to read, thorough, and very poignant.  This report contains some important statistics on the current state of early nutrition in our nation.  
While the US is considered a developed nation, it is sobering to read the facts and inspiring to hear the stories of how focusing our attention on the issues of maternal and infant nutrition can positively impact our future.  
The report is thoroughly referenced and easy to share with colleagues and stakeholders in your work.  We applaud The First 1000 Days for their excellent report! 

USLCA has a job for you!

We have posted an opportunity for a Professional Development Coordinator. This is a paid position working for YOUR professional association, and it will be performed remotely from your home. Please see the link for details! If you have any questions please email…

#NewHorizons in Clinical Lactation is the theme of our 2017 USLCA Conference.  We are looking forward to welcoming you to the beautiful and inspiring setting of the Texas Hill Country from May 4-6, 2017, and we can't wait to see you renewing, recharging, and revitalizing your clinical practice through learning and connecting in amazing spaces like this!  Sure, the lecture spaces are phenomenal, and the accomodations are outstanding --- but it's in places like this that you will forge new relationships, where new ideas will take shape, and where you will strengthen your friendships and relationships with those who think like you and those who can challenge you to think in new ways!

Call for Public Comment to FDA: Draft Guidance for Industry: Substantiation for Structure/Function Claims Made in Infant Formula Labels and Labeling

As most, if not all, of our members have professional and clinical expertise working with infants being fed breastmilk substitutes, and as IBCLCs have a significant responsibility as infant feeding specialists to ensure that families are able to access non-biased information on breastmilk substitutes, USLCA brings to your attention this opportunity to submit comments on FDA's draft recommendations.  In short, the FDA is proposing more specific guidelines for the health claims permitted or prohibited from being made by infant formula manufacturers about their infant feeding products.  You are encouraged to contribute your expertise and opinion on this topic using the forum provided by the FDA.  
There will, no doubt, be conversations on social media about this topic.  However, the FDA can only act upon the comments which are submitted to them, so please take the time to put your thoughts in writing and submit them through the official avenue listed here.  The collective impact of the IBCLC profession and breastfeeding advocates has great potential to influence this issue, and we commend you for taking time out of your busy life to participate in this conversation. 

USLCA's Hard-Working Members Deserve More!

We know you are making a strong personal statement by investing in USLCA membership, and we know how hard you work for breastfeeding families!  We want you to have an even more rewarding membership experience, so we have built an Affinity Program for you.  
As a USLCA Member, these benefits are free to you.  You will save money on hotel rooms, rental cars, office supplies, and payroll services!  You can access these benefits right away by logging in to USLCA's website and visiting the Affinity page here at :

**Here's a sneak peek at a few of the discounts you can now access from Office Depot/Office Max: 

  • Everyday low copy/print pricing: 2.5¢ B/W |  22¢ Color
  • Exclusive monthly specials
  • Coupon Central – additional online savings and coupons at your fingertips
  • Free next-day delivery on online orders of $50 or more **
Please let us know what you think of our Affinity Program by emailing!  

Your Voice in Action: Membership in Your Professional Association

USLCA represents you, the IBCLC®,  in the national conversation on lactation support.  Being a member ensures that your perspective is a part of what we do to advocate for you and your work.  
USLCA offers valuable benefits and advantages, multiple levels of membership and annual and monthly payment options, making USLCA membership even easier on your budget!

Current Membership Rates: 
Contributing Professional* $109/year
Monthly* $9/month
Individual* $85/person
Group $75/person (Group of 5 or more)
Student $43/person

You might find that you can easily build a group of 5 for group membership by gathering colleagues in your practice group, your WIC site, your hospital lactation team, your local breastfeeding coalition, or any other network of lactation professionals you know!  

Click Here to Join, Renew, or Learn More!

*If your membership is set up for auto renewal, the current rates will be reflected on your renewal date.  

This 42-Member Chapter of USLCA Has Accomplished An Incredible List of Projects in 2016!

We love highlighting the activities of our amazing USLCA chapters!  This month we take a peek into Tennessee's inspirational Memphis Area Lactation Consultant Association (MALCA), which does not let anything stand in the way of educating members and promoting breastfeeding in their community.  Boasting an impressive 42 members, MALCA works to ensure that its members have access to the continuing education they need throughout the year, making re-certification as IBCLCs easier and more streamlined because they are regularly attending educational events.  
MALCA leaves nothing to chance when it comes to the future of supporting lactation professionals in its community.  They spearhead a broad range of activities from hosting an IBLCE Exam Review Course for Aspiring IBCLCs to co-sponsoring a breastfeeding conference with Dr Lawrence Noble and Dr Aunchalee Palmquist, IBCLC, to Grand Rounds during World Breastfeeding Week, offering regular opportunities to view USLCA's recorded webinars, and to offering scholarships, physician champion awards, and sponsoring membership in USLCA and ILCA for IBCLCs who are involved in clinical lactation research - these are only some of the many creative ways MALCA works to achieve its mission and support its members.  We are grateful to MALCA, its Board, and its membership for being faithful ambassadors of the IBCLC profession! 

Want to see your chapter highlighted here in the Member Minute?  Be sure to submit your Chapter Report using this link: 
We also use your Chapter Reports to select the recipient of the annual Outstanding Chapter Report!  We'll be awarding the next one at our 2017 Conference in the Texas Hill Country.  

Upcoming Live Webinar: Overcoming Staff Resistance to the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

Date: October 26, 2016*, 60 Minutes
12 pm Eastern (11 am Central, 10 am Mountain, 9 am Pacific)
*this webinar WILL be recorded
Members: $15
Non-members: $30
Number of CERPs & CNEs
1 L CERP and 1 CNE
Ingrid Dixon, BSN, RN, IBCLC

1. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to identify two common errors in communication.
2. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to identify skills for active listening.
3. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to describe how to implement incremental changes to work towards a desired goal.
 ingrid dixon

Ingrid is an RN, IBCLC. She is a clinical instructor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and manages the Outpatient Lactation Clinic. She serves as Assistant Director of the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Resource Center, a statewide resource for healthcare providers and organizations working to improve the care of nursing mothers and children.
Starts Wed Oct 26 2016, 12:00pm EDT
Ends Wed Oct 26 2016, 1:00pm EDT
Register Now!

USLCA Regional Workshop

Advancing Best Practices

USLCA will bring its second regional workshop to Buffalo, New York on November 2, 2016.  You will not want to miss this opportunity for low cost, high quality education in your back yard! 


Christine Staricka, BS, IBCLC, RLC

Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC, RLC

Register today!

USLCA Members: $90
Non-members: $120

WIC/Baby Cafe Employees eligible for 15% discount.
Contact USLCA office for more information 202-738-1125

Date: November 2, 2016, 7:30 am-4:30 pm

Credits: 6 L CERPs & 6 nursing contact hours

Location: Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Western New York
Heritage Conference Center
257 W Genesee St
Buffalo, NY 14202

Full Registration Details Here
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