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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.

Documents presented to lawmakers included encouragement to support 3 major components of current policy:
- Funding for current CDC Breastfeeding Initiatives, especially Maternity Care Practice Improvement
- Health Plan Coverage of Breastfeeding Counseling, Education, Equipment & Supplies
- "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" (Workplace Support) Provision

Lawmakers also received a notepad with the message "Breastfeeding Saves Dollars and Makes Sense!"

This event brought together hundreds of breastfeeding advocates from many organizations to promote one message: that breastfeeding protections must be preserved for the health of our nation.

You Can Still Contribute to Sharing These Messages!
Download the documents USBC created for this event so you can deliver them in person!
 Click Here for the Documents
Try out the US Breastfeeding Committee's Easy-to-Use WeTweet tool to send messages to the lawmakers who represent you!
 Click Here to Access the Tool 
Use the hashtags #BFingInACA and #ProtectOurCare on social media!
USLCA is proud to have participated in this event on behalf of our members and in honor of their passion for breastfeeding, something we recognize as a non-partisan issue affecting every American. 
USLCA Provides Input on Class Action Lawsuits Against Insurers for Failure to Provide Lactation Benefits
A national class action law firm has filed three landmark class action lawsuits against insurance carriers for failing to provide, cover, and administer Comprehensive Lactation Benefits to all eligible plan participants and beneficiaries as a no-cost preventive service in accordance with the Affordable Care Act. USLCA has been asked to provide supporting background information and data to help counter rebuttal arguments by the insurance carrier defendants. Paramount will be the unique education and training of the IBCLC, data regarding the inadequacy of lactation training for licensed healthcare providers, where and how IBCLCs practice, the ease of creating lactation care networks of IBCLCs, and the role of IBCLCs in delivering lactation care and services. USLCA remains the go-to organization on lactation policy issues, legal ramifications, and health outcomes for law firms, state and federal agencies, and our many members.

Membership in Your Professional Association

 Our members are the reason we exist, and we want you, our members, to feel valued, to be recognized, and to feel that your membership dollars bring you incredible benefits.  As your professional association and the ONLY organization working to advocate for the IBCLC® in the United States, we work diligently on your behalf. USLCA offers unmatched member benefits.  We offer benefits such as 8 free CERPs per year, discounts on continuing education, an affinity program that saves you money on products and services you already buy, updated professional advocacy documents, a Member Marketplace where you can advertise your services and products to other members, and an optimized and mobile-ready website that works better for you AND is designed to appear higher in online searches.  
We work hard to keep costs down and we offer multiple levels of membership.  We have 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 IBCLC $50/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! 

USLCA looks forward to the New Horizons in Clinical Lactation Conference and to seeing friends, old and new, gathered together in one place for one purpose: to enrich the practice and the life of the IBCLC® and aspiring IBCLC.
#NewHorizons in Clinical Lactation is the theme of our May 3-6, 2017 USLCA Conference.   
We're supporting today's IBCLC with the latest research, techniques, and concepts to help advance your practice!  We're busy lining up excellent plenary speakers, fascinating breakout sessions, and great networking activities and opportunities.

Follow #USLCA17 and #NewHorizons on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the conference!

 Registration Opens January 15! Member Discounts are available, so be sure your membership is active.  

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas.   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!
Conference Link

What You Can Do to Help Advocate for the #IBCLC

Many of our members are active on social media networks, and they provide an excellent opportunity to market the IBCLC!  Educate your network of friends and followers about the IBCLC, and use #IBCLC at the end of every post, tweet, pin, or gram to help others find it.  When we see your post with #IBCLC at the end, we can share it, too!  It's a great (and free!) way to educate the public and make new connections to advocate for our profession.
  Questions?  Email our Director of Marketing, Christine Staricka for help at  

Cook County Health & Hospitals System is hiring a Lactation Consultant.  
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