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Member Minute
January 2017

Registration is Now Open!
2017 is the year to explore #NewHorizons in Clinical Lactation at our May 3-6, 2017 Conference.
We're supporting today's IBCLC® with the latest research, techniques, and concepts to help advance your practice!  Our lineup of respected plenary speakers, fascinating breakout sessions, and great networking activities and opportunities make this an opportunity you won't want to miss.  

Check out our Clinical Workshop Day on May 3.  Many full conference attendees will want to add on this unique opportunity and experience hands-on sessions from leaders in the field.  Space is limited, so don't delay!

With Earlybird Registration, Member Discounts, and our commitment to ensure that this year's conference costs members just $25 more than our 2013 conference, it's a great value and a wonderful chance to catch up with everyone in the lactation field.


The conference will be held at a beautiful resort in the Hill Country of Texas, just outside San Antonio.   A direct link to the hotel website and registration portal is right on our registration website.  

The resort has amenities like a golf course, wave pool, bicycles to ride on the bicycle paths, fitness center, pools and hot tubs, a full-service spa, and excellent dining options.  There are great kids' club options which are all free!  There's so much to do for you and your traveling companions, you may not want to leave!

You can keep up with details about the conference at this link:

Board Member Elections

At USLCA, #NewHorizons in 2017 also means it's time to elect new Board members.  We need your vote! Each of our candidates are running unopposed but your vote still matters! All IBCLC members of USLCA are eligible to vote.  The ballot will be open for 30 days running from January 24-February 24.  Vote today to accept your new Directors!

This year, the Board will be adding a new Director.  Our Director of Program Development will facilitate the process of creating and implementing new approaches to achieving our mission. The Board anticipates that adding this 6th Director will be an efficient way to ensure that new ideas and current programs are appropriately studied and undertaken with care and focus on using our resources wisely.

Director of Program Development:
Michelle Stulberger, MHA, IBCLC   
  I hold a Bachelor degree in Psychology, Masters of Healthcare Administration, and IBCLC (2014.) I am the Director of Business Operations for Metropolitan Breastfeeding & Littlebeam in Bethesda, MD, where I run the businesses and also see patients.
  My background is a great combination of both business and clinical experience. With strengths in both areas, I am able to bring insight and new ideas to USLCA. I am organized and innovative and enjoy collaborating with a team. I believe these characteristics will allow me to help strengthen USLCA for all IBCLCs in the US.
  I'm interested in helping USLCA be the "go-to" organization for IBCLCs, and believe that my passion for both improving access to care and assisting IBCLCs in growing their practices as desired will be an asset to the organization. I am excited to continue to learn from our community and apply that knowledge to our professional organization.

In addition, this year our Board will require a new Director of Marketing.  Communicating our mission and vision to the public is a vast and quickly-changing responsibility, and we look forward to the fresh insight which will be provided by a new individual in this position.  

 Director of Marketing:
Dominique Gallo, BS, IBCLC, RLC
  I have been helping mothers and advocating for breastfeeding for the past 6 years and have been an IBCLC for the past 2 years. I am a wife to a wonderful husband and mommy to two beautiful girls and one adventurous little boy.
  I think that I can bring diversity to the board and a different perspective on how to support the IBCLC. My work and experience within different breastfeeding groups and within different breastfeeding agencies can help expand the reach of USLCA.
  I want to serve on the USLCA Board of Directors because I want to do more to support my fellow IBCLC and other women in lactation. I want to help make sure that all women who want the care of an IBCLC will have access to care from an IBCLC. I want to make sure that IBCLC is a known and respected credential.

Upcoming Live Webinar from USLCA:

Registration Ends Jan 24 at Midnight!: Utilizing Community Health Workers to Identify Positive Deviants and Improve Breastfeeding Rates in Hispanic Communities of Florida, Michigan, and Ohio

January 25, 2017*, 60 Minutes
2 pm Eastern (1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific)
*this webinar WILL be recorded, but access will require a separate purchase. Recorded webinars are available for purchase one week after the live webinar has taken place. 
Members: $15
Non-members: $30
Number of CERPs & CNEs
1 L CERP and 1 CNE
Randi McCallian, MPH, IBCLC

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Explain a Positive Deviance Approach to improving healthy behaviors, in particular breastfeeding rates.
  2. Discuss the role of CHWs in providing culturally-appropriate and community-based health assessments and program delivery.
  3. Identify at least two strategies, taken from the Positive Deviance Inquiry, for improving breastfeeding duration and exclusivity in under-served Latino communities.  

Lactation Choices Following Peri-and-Posnatal Loss

February 15, 2017*, 75 Minutes
10 am Eastern (9 am Central, 8 am Mountain, 7 am Pacific)
*this webinar will NOT be recorded. 

Members: $18.75
Non-members: $37.50

Number of CERPs & CNEs
1.25 R CERP and 1.25 CNE

Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, BSPsy, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Discuss the process of Lactogenesis II.
  2. List at least two methods to decrease engorgement to aid maternal comfort.
  3. Discuss the effects of grief on caregivers as well as parents.
  4. Verbalize at least one alternative to milk suppression in a post-loss situation. 

Meet Molly Lamansky, BS, IBCLC, RLC!  
Molly is USLCA's new Professional Development Coordinator. She joins our Executive Director, Danielle, and our Administrative Intern, Cheryl, to round out our tiny but mighty staff.  Molly will coordinate the planning and marketing of our continuing education offerings, supporting both our Professional Development and Marketing committees.  
When she is not working with USLCA she works in private practice at Cygnus Lactation Services in Mundelein, IL and Kenosha, WI. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communicative Disorders with an Emphasis in Speech Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University in May 2015 and from there completed all the requirements to become an IBCLC. In her spare time Molly serves as the Treasurer for the Northern Illinois Lactation Consultants Association. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, geocaching, and cooking.
Molly is inspired by this quote: “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” ~ Diane Mariechild

USLCA Social Media Mission, Strategy, & Guidelines


The USLCA social media mission, strategy, and guidelines have been approved by the USLCA Board of Directors.  You can view them on our website now.  

Click Here to View on Our Website

Clinical Lactation Needs You! 

Clinical Lactation is currently seeking reviewers for the journal. Reviewers are asked to review 1-2 manuscripts per year. Manuscripts are sent to reviewers through Editorial Manager, our manuscript-review software. Reviewers are asked to read manuscripts sent to them, rate the quality of the manuscript, provide feedback to the authors, and make publication recommendations to Editors.

We are seeking reviewers who are clinicians in a wide range of settings including hospitals, private practice, and in the community. As this is a clinical journal, reviewers do not need to be researchers. We need reviewers with clinical experience.

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please contact Clinical Lactation's Editor, Kathy Kendall-Tackett,


Chapter News & Announcements 

Our chapters are USLCA!  A great big thank you goes out to all USLCA members who participate in their local chapters to promote the mission and vision of USLCA.  

Friendly Chapter Reminders:

  • Annual Dues for Chapters were due on 12/31/16 - has your chapter renewed?
  • Quarterly Reports are due Feb 1!  Please submit your report here.
  • Please check to be sure your Chapter has a designated Contact person with valid and updated contact information in your Chapter profile
  • Look at your Chapter's profile to be sure it contains all the information you want it to have - we have some simple video tutorials on our website that can help Chapters create a really fabulous Profile
  • If your Chapter has not been submitting Quarterly reports, you can still do this now!  Chapter Reports help USLCA know what your Chapter has accomplished in your area and they help make your Chapter eligible for annual awards! 
If you need to chat about your Chapter, please contact your Director of Member Services, Ginger Carney at

USLCA Members Enjoy Discounts 

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!  

This holiday season, when you book travel or purchase holiday gifts, here are some ideas for how to use your Member Affinity Program:

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 **
You can access these benefits right away and find more opportunities for savings by logging in to USLCA's website and visiting the Affinity page here at :

Please let us know what you think of our Affinity Program by emailing!  

Membership in Your Professional Association: This Is How We Make A Difference in Our Field

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.  We advocate for your skills, your expertise, and your credential while showing the nation that we are strong partners in the work of keeping families healthy.  

USLCA membership 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
Retired Member $50/person
Group $75/person (Group of 5 or more)
Student $43/person

We are proud to now offer a Retired Member Category to reflect the passion of our members who have retired from paid work but whose passion for our mission still shines brightly! 

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.  

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