As an LGBTQI lactation provider, I sometimes feel that I live in a parallel universe to those colleagues who are unaffected by, and largely unaware of, the kind of prejudice and discrimination LGBTQI people experience and how this affects our lives and our work.
Two days ago, on December 4, the state of Michigan passed the “Michigan religious freedom restoration act”. The passing of this bill means that lactation professionals, such as IBCLCs, in that State can now legally refuse to provide services to LGBTQI families. Many health professionals, lactation consultants, breastfeeding peer counsellors, and doulas, by their own accounts and documented in health research, already refuse services to LGBTQI patients and clients and legislation like gives them legal protection to do so. Refusal of health services or the provision of inadequate or sloppy services impacts LGBTQI people’s health and that of our families, and impacts the work environment… Read the rest