Published on March 22, 2011

Milford Regional Medical Center Receives International Award

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) have recognized Milford Regional Medical Center (Milford Regional) for excellence in lactation care.

Milford Regional has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and providing a lactation program that is available five to seven days a week for breastfeeding families. In addition, the facility demonstrated that they have provided recent breastfeeding training for medical staff that care for new families, and have recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

According to Cathy Carothers, president of ILCA, “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.”

Ellen McIntyre, associate professor, and chair of IBLCE, echoes those sentiments. “An IBCLC has many years of training and study to equip them for helping mothers with both common and challenging situations that may arise. They must also keep their skills current by recertifying every five years. The public can be confident that an IBCLC is delivering high quality evidence-based care.”

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 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.

“Our Maternity Center staff puts forth great effort to remain on the cutting edge in both treatment and education,” states Milford Regional President Edward J. Kelly. “The Lactation Consultants have been recognized several times by the State for their comprehensive breastfeeding care. This international award places them among the best worldwide. They are to be commended for this honor and achievement.”

Lactation Consultants receive award

Milford Regional’s lactation consultants were recognized internationally for excellence in lactation care. Pictured (left to right) are lactation consultants Laura Fantini, RN; Kimberly Sullivan, RN; and Sharon Pellerin, RN.

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