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Kish recognized for breast-feeding support

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 10:29 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) have recognized Kishwaukee Hospital and the KishHealth System Breastfeeding Center for excellence in lactation care.

Kishwaukee Hospital received the IBCLC Care Award for staffing professionals who hold the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant certification and providing a lactation program five to seven days a week for breast-feeding families. In addition, the facility demonstrated that it has provided recent breast-feeding training for medical staff who care for new families, and has recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breast-feeding.

Board-certified Lactation Consultant Judy Bergsmith, RN, KishHealth System breast-feeding coordinator, said, “It’s an honor to be recognized with the IBCLC Care Award. It’s very exciting to have the privilege of working within a health system that advocates for breast-feeding support.”

The KishHealth System Breastfeeding Center’s mission is to improve the health of women and children through education, support, and promotion of breast-feeding during pregnancy, the hospital stay, and after mom and baby go home. The Breastfeeding Center offers complimentary lactation consultations by appointment Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 4:30 pm; rounding on new moms on the unit; a warm line to answer breast-feeding questions; and a new moms’ support group on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month.