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I had a very iconic meltdown in one of the support groups…other mothers were tearing up with me, everyone really felt what I was feeling…I left there on cloud nine.” -Kristen, Support Group Attendee
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The Holly Program: The Holly Program is named after Holly Lucard, IBCLC. Holly was a dear friend and colleague. We met when we were involved in the Nursing Mothers Advisory Council as volunteer breastfeeding counselors. She also answered the NMAC Hotline which was in her home. It was a hotline at that time because Holly answered every call or returned the call the minute she returned home. She frequently got out of bed to answer the phone, as she could never let a stressed mother leave a voicemail at 3AM.
Holly and I both became International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and were excited about taking a professional step to helping breastfeeding moms. When the BRC was ready to open its doors, I envisioned working with Holly! Unfortunately, Holly never saw the opening as she passed away.
The decision was made! The program for our low income mothers was to be named “The Holly Program” in honor of this amazing woman! Click here to donate to the Holly Program.
Insurance coverage and income should not be a barrier to families receiving the lactation care they need. The Holly Program subsidizes the cost for our clients whose insurance doesn’t cover appointments and paying out-of-pocket isn’t an option.
In 2020, 63% of families whose insurance did not cover their care qualified for our sliding scale of payment. This program costs $30,000/year to run. Watch this video to learn more about this amazing program!
Make It Last Program: Research shows that the peer support is the key to keeping mothers breastfeeding longer. In 2007, the Cochrane Review determined that peer counseling extended the length of partial breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding. Of course we know that that longer breastfeeding duration leads to better health outcomes for both mom and baby.
Mothers who received help from the Make It Last Program since 2003, tell us time and again that they would not have successfully breastfed without visiting the BRC’s support groups. They tell us how reassuring it is to find out they are not alone in their questions, struggles, and hopes.
The program costs $21,100 annually and we need your help to keep it going! Make a difference in the lives of moms and babies! Do it today! Make a donation to the Make It last Program. If you are looking for the perfect heart-felt gift for a friend or special someone, make a donation to the Make It Last Program in their honor! This program costs $3,000 a year to run.
Looks Like Me Scholarship for Aspiring IBCLC’s: This program was put in place in order to increase diversity among the IBCLC profession. According to the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP), “Breastfeeding disparities among African American mothers and other ethnicities persist due to systemic factors in communities of color like lack of quality support, poor hospital practice, predatory marketing of breast milk substitutes and insufficient local, state, and national policies that address social determinants of health.” This disparity has detrimental effects throughout communities of color, and urgently needs to be addressed. By opening access for Black and other people of color to enter the field, we hope families can experience increased support for their breastfeeding journey.
Pump it Up Program: New parents might be separated from their babies for a variety of reasons that would necessitate pumping milk, from returning-to-work to unforeseen emergencies. Access to quality breast pumps can positively impact a lactating parent’s ability to continue provide milk for their baby.
The BRC Pump It Up Program subsidizes the cost of a hospital grade pump for low-income families and enables the purchase of kits for donated Spectra Pumps. Have a new or gently used Spectra Pump to donate? Give our office a call to make arrangements!