Lactation education

Reading Hospital – Tower Health Recognized for Lactation Care | Berks Regional News

WEST READING, Pennsylvania — A local hospital is recognized for excellence in lactation care.

Reading Hospital – Tower Health has received the IBCLC Care Award from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the International Lactation Consultant Association for International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant Recruitment Professionals.

“This recognition reflects the dedication of the highly skilled members of our Mother/Baby Unit team,” said Mark B. Woodland, MD, director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Reading Hospital. “It is a privilege for our team to work with new families and have the opportunity to educate them on the importance and benefits of breastfeeding.”

IBCLC-certified staff 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 such as breastfeeding more than one baby or breastfeeding a sick or premature baby, and help train nursing staff to manage care basic breastfeeding.