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ValleyCare Lactation Services Receives International Recognition

Hospital news | Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Contact: Denise Bouillerce

Pleasanton, CA – ValleyCare Heath System'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 are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) by passing a rigorous test.

ValleyCare qualified for the award by meeting three criteria: 1) having IBLCE certified lactation consultants on staff (ValleyCare has five); 2) providing education on the benefits of breastfeeding to the medical and nursing staff; and 3) implementing special projects that promote and support breastfeeding, such as the Mother's Support Group.

"It's exciting to have received the award at this time with the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) focusing on breastfeeding at hospitals," said Kristin Perkins, RN, a certified lactation consultant with ValleyCare. While understanding that breastfeeding can sometimes be challenging and is a learned skill, Kristen 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 those who would like more information or need assistance once they've left the hospital, ValleyCare Lactation Services are open 1-4pm Monday-Friday and located at 5725 W. Las Positas, Suite 235, Pleasanton, 925.416.3598.