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Lactation Services received an international award for having skilled staff and support programs.ValleyCare's Lactation Services recently received the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Award, which recognizes maternity facilities worldwide that hire International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.
These certified lactation consultants are health care professionals who specialize in the clinical management of breastfeeding, and they are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) by passing a rigorous test.
ValleyCare qualified for the award by having seven IBCLC-certified lactation consultants on staff; having a dedicated lactation support program; providing education on the benefits of breastfeeding to the medical and nursing staff; and promoting projects that provide support for breastfeeding mothers, such as the Magical Hour Skin-to-Skin program.
“We know that supporting and promoting breastfeeding give these newborns the best and healthiest start,” says Kristin Perkins, RN, certified lactation consultant with ValleyCare. While understanding that breastfeeding can sometimes be challenging and is a learned skill, Kristin and the other consultants encourage new moms to give it a try. A lactation specialist visits new moms in the hospital offering education, support and encouragement.
For more information, or if you need assistance once you leave the hospital, ValleyCare Lactation Services are open 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 5725 W. Las Positas, Suite 235, Pleasanton. Call us at 925-416-3598 today.