Project Licensure

making skilled lactation help available to all Massachusetts families

Our Vision

All breastfeeding families in Massachusetts will have access to International Board Certified Lactation Consultants providing skilled lactation care when needed.

Our Mission

1. Achieve licensure for the IBCLC in Massachusetts.
2. Achieve insurance coverage for clinical lactation services provided by the IBCLC.

 

IT’S COMING UP SOON! SIGN UP TODAY and join the discussions at our IT’S COMPLICATED conference.

Saturday, November 2, 2019  8 a.m -4 p.m.
Register online.  $130 includes lunch. 5.75 CERPs

Tufts Medical Center 800 Washington St. Boston MA.
The Tufts Orange Line T is across the street from the hospital.
There is a parking garage at 274 Tremont St. 

Topics include:

  • Building Your Tool Kit to Support Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse
    Rachel Blumberg, BS, IBCLC
    What’s New In Lactation Research: Therapeutic Taping, Jaudice Treatments, Probiotics
    Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC
    Supporting LGBQ/T Families: Moving from Tolerance to Cultural Humility
    Rachel Hess, MS
    Fortification of Breastmilk: How and Why?
    Marianne Anderson, MD

We’ll have a  review of our efforts at the State House.
Keep sending the message in support of IBCLC licensure.
Please donate to this effort and sign our 
petition.

The 70,000+ babies born in Massachusetts every year deserve skilled lactation care.  Unfortunately, many families are denied access to professional breastfeeding services. This is because most health insurers do not pay for services by unlicensed providers.
Licensure of  International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) in Massachusetts would allow access to this skilled, evidence-based lactation support. The goal of licensure is to make breastfeeding support more available to more families.
Licensure is a state by state endeavor. Rhode Island, New Mexico, Oregon and Georgia have licensure for IBCLC lactation consultants. Massachusetts could be next!

What would licensure do?
Licensure of IBCLCs will allow health insurances in Massachusetts to provide this skilled lactation care to all birthing families. 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2012 requires health plans in the United States to cover “breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling by a trained provider during pregnancy and/or in the postpartum period.”
However, many health insurance companies do not provide this ACA mandated lactation care.

About the IBCLC
An IBCLC is a allied healthcare provider who has completed
     • 90+ hours of lactation-specific education,
     • 300-1000+ clinical hours: time spent counselling mother-baby pairs.
     • college level health science courses
• and passed the comprehensive, international examination.

The IBCLC credential is an internationally recognized certification.  It is recognized as the most rigorous lactation education. This thorough background is especially important for helping families with medically complex issues such as preterm babies or maternal diabetes, for example.

IBCLCs work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, public health clinics, milk banks, and in private practice.  The IBCLC is the gold standard for providing breastfeeding education, support, and care to families across the globe.