Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist Nassau honored
International groups recognize hospitals with breastfeeding award
February 7, 2014 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Baptist Medical Center Nassau have been recognized by two international groups for excellence in lactation care.
The hospitals have received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® certification (IBCLC®) and providing a lactation program that is available 5 to 7 days a week for breastfeeding families. The award was given by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).
The facilities also demonstrated that they have provided recent breastfeeding training for medical staff that care for new families, and have recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
Baptist Medical Center South was recognized with the award last year.
“We are very pleased to once again receive this award as Baptist Health is committed to providing the best breastfeeding support for our mothers and babies,” said
Kym Dunton, clinical resource nurse and coordinator of Childbirth Education for Women's Services at Baptist Health. “From prenatal classes to free breastfeeding support groups, Baptist Health’s International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are extremely passionate and caring, and always go above and beyond to help moms.”
Liz Brooks, president of the International Lactation Consultant Association, added, “This recognition highlights the efforts being made by maternity facilities all across the world to help mothers get off to a good start with breastfeeding and to support them in reaching their goals.”
Rachelle Lessen, chair of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, echoed those sentiments stating, “Facilities that receive the IBCLC Care Award are to be commended for improving maternal and child health by making breastfeeding a priority and for taking steps to improve breastfeeding support. IBCLC professionals are the health care professionals best suited to provide this clinical help and often make the difference between success and failure
for women achieving their breastfeeding goals.”
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners certificants focus on preventive care so they are available during pregnancy to assess the mother and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping mothers overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information and continuing to support them as their baby grows.