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Saint Mary's Family Birthing Center Honored for Lactation Care Services

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RENO, Nev. – Thursday, June 4, 2015 – The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) have recognized Saint Mary's Family Birthing Center for excellence in lactation care for the third time. This award is a special recognition given to facilities that promote, protect, and support breastfeeding through a dedicated lactation program available for patients and families.

"This recognition highlights our lactation program and our consultants who have over thirty years of experience supporting mothers and families with breastfeeding," said Bre Taylor, Saint Mary's director of Maternal Child Services. "Receiving this award for the third time demonstrates our commitment to providing expertise in a compassionate and caring environment."

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) hold the highest standard in lactation and breastfeeding care worldwide and 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 evidence-based policies and practices are in place so that moms may be successful at breastfeeding.

Saint Mary's has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant certification (IBCLC) and providing a lactation program that is available 7 days a week for breastfeeding families. Additionally, the facility demonstrated that it has provided recent breastfeeding training for medical staff that care for new families.

"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 Tomoko Seo, chair of IBLCE. "An important part of providing excellent breastfeeding care is having expert assistance available when the breastfeeding couple needs it."

Saint Mary's lactation consultants 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. The lactation consultants also help train the nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care.

"Breastfeeding rates are on the rise today and with that dramatic increase, the need for trained professionals who can help also increases," said Decalie Brown, president of ILCA. "Breastfeeding is natural and often works quite well without intervention, but there can be complications or risk factors and mothers need extra support."

For more information about Saint Mary's lactation services, call 775-770-3751 and for more information about the IBCLC Care Award program, contact IBLCE at


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