The ILCA Board of Directors has decision-making powers regarding matters of policy, direction, strategy, and governance of the organization. They steer the organization toward a sustainable future by adopting sound governance and financial management policies, and ensuring adequate resources. The Treasurer oversees ILCA’s overall financial activities and fiscal health of the organization including budget development and financial planning. Janet is excited to serve on this international professional board and will bring a unique set of skills that seek to advance the business professionalism of lactation support and increase capacity through opportunities for peer support and mentorship as well as carreer ladders for those with a passion for supporting parents on their journey to provide optimal infant nutrition.
Operating the largest lactation services company in Central Texas, Janet and Lauren founded The Breastfeeding Success Company (BFS) in 2014 with a mission to improve mother-baby health by providing the gold standard of breastfeeding medicine. They are publicly recognized small business leaders, and BFS was voted a favorite birth professional partner, serving ~13,000 babies/year (2019). With vitality and grace, they manage a growing staff (35+), monitor the pulse of healthcare, and model their vision of accessible, quality lactation support through the continuum of perinatal care. Their entrepreneurial minds, evidence-based skills, compassionate hearts, articulate communication, and committed advocacy — essential in changemaker leadership — fuel their momentum in the journey to help parents, healthcare partners, employers, the community, and the BFS team remove barriers to breastfeeding success. The most innovative work credited to Janet and Lauren includes a litany of “changemaker” kudos shared by staff for this nomination: securing sole-source contracts with hospitals to furnish prenatal and lactation services; engaging a medical director for clinical oversight; launching donor human milk programs in partner hospitals for premature and term infants; collaborating with healthcare partners and payers to establish cutting-edge billing systems; participating in hospital teams/committees as integrated clinical providers with equal voice in patient care and policy decisions; adopting acuity/complexity-based documentation practices to inform therapeutic delivery and reimbursement; expanding the reach of breastfeeding support to prenatal, NICU, MD office, clinic, home care, and telemedicine settings; investing in staff development and mentoring; and hosting a website with invaluable professional and public breastfeeding resources.
The Case for Breastfeeding & Lactation Support