OSWEGO – Breastfeeding has many health benefits for mothers and babies, but it can sometimes be difficult – both emotionally and physically.
A lactation consultant is often a source of emotional support and encouragement, as the first weeks of a baby’s life are the most important time for establishing breastfeeding.
At Oswego Health’s Maternity Department, RN Amy Ilardi, who has been with the organization since 2014, works with birthing mothers to increase their chances of having a long and successful breastfeeding experience.
Recently renewing her Certified Lactation Consultant® (CLC) credentials, Ilardi received training and skills verification in breastfeeding and human lactation support, including latching process assessment and feeding, providing remedial interventions, counseling mothers, understanding and applying knowledge about milk production. including in special circumstances and other common situations.
There are currently over 23,000 CLCs in the United States. The CLC credential signifies that one has demonstrated the skills, knowledge and competencies to provide breastfeeding counseling and management support to families considering breastfeeding or who have questions or problems during breastfeeding / lactation.
CLCs are dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation in their work to prevent and resolve breastfeeding issues. CLCs understand that breastfeeding works best when it is the cultural norm and when the lactation support provider is culturally competent.
“I’m so proud of Amy for pursuing her certification as her role is vital here on the maternity ward supporting our mothers in labor and nursing babies,” shared Jessica Leaf, RN, Director of Services. women at Oswego Health. “She takes the time to not only offer support but also show empathy and understanding, and the relationship she helps foster for mother and baby is truly remarkable as they both embrace breastfeeding.”
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