The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized Lankenau Medical Center’s Mother-Baby Unit, Paoli Hospital’s Hattersley Family-Centered Maternity Unit, and the Riddle Hospital Birthplace, all part of Main Line Health, for excellence in lactation care. Only 12 hospitals in Pennsylvania have received this recognition.
The hospitals received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition of staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families. In addition, the facilities demonstrated that they have recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
“Main Line Health is privileged to have dedicated lactation departments at all of its acute care hospitals that hold the highest credential in lactation, the IBCLC,” said Donna Sinnott, lactation consultant, Paoli Hospital, and chair, Main Line Health Lactation Committee. “Receiving this award exemplifies the importance of our profession as a key piece of the collaborative care of our patients and the important role we play in the education of our staff and of our breastfeeding mothers.”
IBCLCs focus is on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping families overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and continuing to support them as their baby grows. They assist families returning to work or school, help families in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby or nursing a sick or premature infant, and help train nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care.
Roberto Issler, IBCLC Chair of the Board of IBLCE, recently stated, “Agencies that are awarded the IBCLC Care Award have dedicated their efforts to promote and provide a lactation program that makes expert assistance available when the breastfeeding family needs it. This is achieved through encouraging and informing breastfeeding families about the benefits and management of breastfeeding as well as training health care professionals to assist families achieve their breastfeeding goals.”
As allied health care professionals with the leading internationally recognized certification for professional lactation services, IBCLC professionals work in hospitals and birthing centers, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings, government agencies, and in research. There are currently more than 31,000 such professionals in 110 countries worldwide that are IBCLCs (iblce.org). The IBCLC certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NCCA accreditation represents a mark of quality for certification programs.