News and Announcements

February 13, 2012

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) have recognized Holy Cross Hospital for excellence in lactation care.

Holy Cross Hospital received the IBCLC Care Award for staffing International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLCs) and providing a lactation program that is available five-seven days a week for breastfeeding families.

In addition, the facility demonstrated that it has provided recent breastfeeding training for medical staff that care for new families, and recently completed activities that help protect, promote and support breastfeeding. IBCLCs focus on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess the mother and provide information.

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.

As allied health care professionals with the only internationally-recognized certification for professional lactation services, IBCLCs work in hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings, government agencies, and in research.

There are currently more than 25,000 IBCLCs in 90 countries worldwide that are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® under the direction of the U.S. National Commission for Certifying Agencies. In addition to finding IBCLCs at Holy Cross Hospital, mothers can also find an IBCLC near them by visiting the ILCA website. Follow the “Find a Lactation Consultant” link and search for an IBCLC by postal code, city and state, or country.

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