Hospital receives award for breastfeeding education

(Stevens Point, WI) – The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) awarded Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital the IBCLC Care Award for their work in providing breastfeeding education and support. 

The IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) Award is a global recognition program that honors maternity hospitals, birthing facilities, and birthing services that hire and employ International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) as part of their commitment to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

These facilities also have demonstrated they have provided training for their nursing, medical, and other staff that care for breastfeeding families, and have implemented special projects that promote, protect, and support breastfeeding and the lactation consultant profession.

Lactation consultants are highly skilled professionals who support breastfeeding mothers and families from preconception to weaning through evidenced based support and care. Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital has two International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) Lora Harris, RN, IBCLC; and Kara Mrozek, RN, IBCLC, in the Women and Infant Center. Lora Harris, RN, IBCLC was board certified in 2007, while Kara Mrozek, RN, IBCLC received her board certification in 2011.

In 2014 Alicia Wojtalewicz, RN completed training to become a Certified Lactation Counselor in the OB/GYN department at Ministry Medical Group, giving new moms three options for breastfeeding consultations and assistance at the Ministry Health Care 900 Illinois Ave campus.

“Having more trained lactation professionals allows us to provide more education prior to and after delivery,” stated Wojtalewicz. “Together we share knowledge in lactation with our breastfeeding families at both Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital and Ministry Medical Group in Stevens Point.”

Lora Harris, RN IBCLC, Kara Mrozek, RN IBCLC, and Alicia Wojtalewicz, RN, CLC agree that educating patients about breastfeeding empowers them to get the support they need. All three are active in supporting the efforts of the Portage County Breastfeeding Coalition (PCBF Coalition) which promotes and supports breastfeeding.

The collation began in 2008 and is operated with the help of local professionals and community members.

“We work to show our support of nursing moms,” shared Harris. “We are currently working with local employers and daycare centers in providing correct breastfeeding information so they can support their employees. By educating those who often touch the lives of breastfeeding families, we hope to get everyone the support they need to reach their breastfeeding goals.” 

Side bar:
March 5, 2014 is IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) Day - A day set aside to honor IBCLCs that have made a difference.  

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