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St. Joseph’s Recognized for Excellence in Lactation Care


IBCLC Care Award is latest for the Baby Friendly Hospital

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center has been recognized by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) for excellence in lactation care. The IBCLC Care Award recognizes hospitals that employ staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® certification (IBCLC®) and provide a lactation program that is available five to seven days a week for breastfeeding families.  In addition, as part of its recognition St. Joseph’s demonstrated that it has provided recent breastfeeding training for medical staff that care for new families, and has recently completed activities that help protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

“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,” said Liz Brooks, president of ILCA. “IBCLC is the leading internationally recognized lactation certification in the world, and IBCLC certificants are highly skilled in helping mothers with the questions and concerns that can arise. They are also an important part of the overall maternal and child health team by assuring that evidence-based policies and practices are in place that help mothers succeed with breastfeeding.”

“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,” said Rachelle Lessen, chair of IBLCE. “An important part of providing excellent breastfeeding care is having expert assistance available when the breastfeeding couple needs it. 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.”

IBLCE 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. They assist mothers returning to work or school, help mothers in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby or nursing a sick or premature infant, and help train nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care.

As allied health care professionals with the leading internationally recognized certification for professional lactation services, IBCLC professionals work in hospitals and birthing centers, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings, government agencies, and in research. There are currently more than 26,500 such professionals in 96 countries worldwide that are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners®, a program independently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).  NCCA accreditation represents a mark of quality for certification programs.

“Breastfeeding rates are on the rise today and with that dramatic increase, the need for trained professionals who can help also increases,” said Brooks. “Breastfeeding is natural and often works quite well without intervention. But there can be complications or risk factors and mothers need extra support. An IBCLC is the trained expert with clinical skill who works with the entire health care team so that a mother’s breastfeeding goals can be met.”

For more information about the IBCLC Care Award program, contact IBLCE at award@iblce.org.

A Baby Friendly hospital since 2009, St. Joseph’s, and its lactation consultants, is committed to providing new mothers with the highest level of breastfeeding support. From a pregnancy club at its Primary Care Center – West location on Syracuse’s near West side to a pumping room for employees who work at the hospital, St. Joseph’s fully supports mothers who wish to breastfeed their babies.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system in Syracuse, New York, providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.