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Member Minute
October 29, 2016

Your Voice Reaches Across the Nation!
We know you're busy!  Many of our members tell us they wear many hats as an IBCLC.  Give us 3 minutes to read this newsletter and we'll remind you how you, too, can give back!  We've got opportunities for your professional expertise and voice to contribute to the national conversation on FDA guidelines for labeling infant formula.  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 and all calls to action to advocate for breastfeeding and to share them with all of your amazing colleagues!  

USLCA Issues Call for Nominations to the Board

USLCA seeks to fill two Board positions.  Please click on the link to access information about each position:

Director of Marketing
Director of Program Development

Nominations will be accepted through November 30, 2016. Qualifications for a director position are that (s)he has been in good standing as a USLCA member for at least the past 2 years and a current IBCLC.  The Board seeks applicants with a strong commitment to the mission and vision of USLCA and a willingness to serve and lead their fellow IBCLCs.

Safe Sleep for Babies and the IBCLC

For years, policy-makers and governmental groups promoting safe infant sleep and those promoting breastfeeding have been in two separate, siloed camps.  We, the IBCLCs, know that to parents, breastfeeding and sleep are tightly linked. Parents turn to us for information and support for both, believing that we are the ones they can trust and confide in. We have a responsibility to provide current, evidence-based education so that parents can make informed decisions. For our own legal protection, we need to document that we provided this education, and ensure that it is consistent with current guidelines and recognized best practices. This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new guidelines related to infant sleep that will make our job easier. The new guidelines identify specific protective behaviors based on the best data currently available to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). 
If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to read the guidelines, we encourage you to do so.  Here are a few highlights of interest to us who are experts in breastfeeding support.
•    Breastfeeding is not positioned near the top of the list of recommendations so that it is more likely to be noted by parents and emphasized by educators.  The guidelines recognize that exclusive breastfeeding decreases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by 70%.
•    Skin-to-skin care immediately after birth is promoted for all infants as it may play a role in neurodevelopment that protects infants during sleep.
•    Mothers are encouraged to feed their infants in bed during the night, not a couch or chair, and specific ways to reduce risks in the parental bed are outlined to keep the baby as safe as possible should the mother fall asleep while feeding.
A statement released to the press by the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep (NAPSS) highlights the work of bringing breastfeeding and infant sleep together.  Debi Ferrarello, MSN, MS, RN, IBCLC, represents USLCA on NAPPSS, providing a voice for lactation professionals and guiding safe sleep educators and policy makers about promoting breastfeeding and safe infant sleep together.

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 before the deadline of November 8, 2016. 

Welcome, Massachusetts Lactation Consultant Association!
Our newest chapter joins us from Massachusetts!  If you are interested in joining this chapter or the one closest to you, please visit our Chapter Directory here.
Some of the benefits chapters receive include webinars at a very reduced rate, as well as one webinar free each year (good for 2 CERPs).  Chapters can take advantage of up to $300 in printing official documents from USLCA to use at meetings, conferences, etc.  A chapter meeting is a great place to facilitate gathering a group of 5 or more individuals to join USLCA at the group rate.   Quarterly conference calls with the Director of Member Services, other members of the board and committees, and close contact with the Licensure Committee ensure that the chapter and its members are always well-informed about USLCA activities and opportunities.  
On a local level, chapters help a community of lactation professionals to build a strong team to offer educational opportunities and advocacy efforts.  By displaying the chapters’ locations on the USLCA website, IBCLCs in the area can connect with other colleagues in their own communities/state for networking and collaboration.  Chapters are able to customize their online profile to serve as a platform or link to their own website, Facebook page, etc.  Chapters are eligible for recognition in the Chapters Making A Difference section of our Member Minute and the annual Outstanding Chapter award. 
In this day of trying to preserve and grow our profession, chapter membership can offer support and direction with more resources and opportunity than just individuals working alone!
#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, including an optional clinical day on May 3, 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!

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.  

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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