BROOKINGS – The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) have recognized Brookings Health System for excellence in lactation care, the only organization in the Dakotas to achieve this recognition.
Brookings Health System received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition of recruiting professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification and provide a lactation program for breastfeeding families. Additionally, the facility has demonstrated that it has recently completed activities that help protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
Marin Skariah, Chair of the IBLCE Board of Trustees, recently said, “Institutions receiving the IBCLC Care Award have dedicated their efforts to promoting and providing a lactation program that makes expert assistance available. when the nursing family needs it. Through the presentation of this award, IBLCE honors the work of IBCLCs around the world as they strive to advance global public health by providing expert lactation care to families and promoting breastfeeding care. with other health professionals through advocacy and training.
“As a designated baby-friendly hospital, we are continually looking for ways to support breastfeeding mothers and babies,” said OB Director Mary Schwaegerl. “We have two IBCLC nurses and two Certified Lactation Nurse Counselors (CLC) on staff to help mothers and babies with breastfeeding needs, including free assistance at our weekly New Beginnings Baby Café sessions. We also have policies and procedures in place to encourage and support breastfeeding, including recently making donor breast milk available to babies born in need.
IBCLCs focus on preventative care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. They continue this 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 help families returning to work or school, help families with more unusual situations like breastfeeding more than one baby or breastfeeding a sick or premature child, and help train nursing staff to manage nursing care. basic breastfeeding.
According to Sabeen Adil, MD, IBCLC, President of ILCA, “IBCLCs work tirelessly around the world to help parents provide optimal nutrition for their children. We are proud to recognize some of these IBCLCs through of the IBCLC Care Award, which recognizes the important contributions of IBCLCs to improving global health outcomes at the local level.
For more information about the IBCLC Care Award program, contact IBLCE at [email protected] More information about Brookings Health System’s OB unit, New Beginnings Birth Center, can be found online at brookingshealth.org/OB.