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.

We had a busy, and good, day at the State House on Tueday, September 10, 2019.
Keep sending the message in support of IBCLC licensure.
Please sign our 
petition.

And remember to join us in more discussion at our IT’S COMPLICATED conference.

Saturday, November 2, 2019  8 a.m -4 p.m. Tufts Medical Center 800 Washington St. Boston MA.
Register online.  $130 includes lunch. CERPs application in process. 
Presentations are:

• “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

 

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.

Every ten years, an IBCLC must retake the exam.

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.