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IBCLC Care Award Press Release 2024

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognised Peony Women’s Integrative Health for excellence in lactation care.

The Peony Women’s Integrative Health has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification and providing a lactation programme for breastfeeding families. In addition, the facility demonstrated that it has recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

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Brooke Gilliam, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Chair of the Board of Directors of IBLCE recently shared, “The vital care that IBCLCs provide globally to breastfeeding families helps babies get off to the best start at life. Care facilities recognize this and ensure families receive quality lactation support by employing IBCLCs. Having this ongoing support from skilled lactation professionals and the facilities that support them is invaluable. The benefits of breastfeeding are well known to have great impact on families, communities, and the world. Thank you for your dedication to the families served and commitment to advancing global public health.”

IBCLCs focus on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping families overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and continuing to support them as their baby grows. They assist families returning to work or school, help families 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.

Iona Macnab, BA(Hons), LLB, IBCLC, President of ILCA added, “IBCLCs are the global professional standard in the clinical management of breastfeeding and lactation across diverse settings. By honoring facilities that employ IBCLCs through the IBCLC Care Award, we spotlight the substantial role these professionals play in advancing health outcomes within communities worldwide.”

As allied health care professionals with the leading internationally recognised 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 nearly 37,000 such professionals in 134 countries worldwide who are IBCLCs. The IBCLC certification programme is accredited by the NCCA, the accreditation arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. NCCA accreditation represents a mark of quality for certification programmes.

In addition to finding IBCLC professionals at Peony Women’s Integrative Health, families can also find an IBCLC near them by visiting www.ilca.org. Follow the “Find a Lactation Consultant” link and search for an IBCLC by postal code, city and state, or country.

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

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