Hospital recognized for excellence in lactation care
[January 27 2012] -
The Hospital of Central Connecticut has been recognized for excellence in lactation care by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).
The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) is one of two Connecticut hospitals to receive the IBCLC Care Award. The award recognizes the hospital for staffing International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® and providing a lactation program that is available five to seven days a week for breastfeeding families. In addition, HOCC demonstrated that it provided recent breastfeeding training for medical staff that care for new families; and recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. HOCC's International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are Patricia Alfieri, R.N., and Sharon Telford, R.N.
According to Cathy Carothers, ILCA president, "This recognition highlights the efforts being made by maternity facilities all across the world to help mothers get off to a good start with breastfeeding, and to support them in reaching their goals. IBCLCs have the only internationally recognized lactation credential in the world, and are highly skilled in helping mothers with the questions and concerns that can arise. They are also an important part of the overall maternal and child health team by assuring that evidence-based policies and practices are in place that help mothers succeed with breastfeeding."
IBCLCs focus on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess the mother and provide information on how to get off to a good start. They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping mothers latch their babies appropriately and answering their questions, and continue supporting them as their baby grows. They assist mothers who are returning to work or school, and help mothers in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby, nursing a sick or premature infant, and dealing with other challenges.
"Breastfeeding rates are on the rise today and with that dramatic increase the need for trained professionals who can help also increases," Carothers said. "Breastfeeding is natural and often works quite well without intervention. But sometimes things happen and mothers need extra support. IBCLCs are the trained experts who know how to work with the entire health care team so that a mother's breastfeeding goals can be met."