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Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Methodist Fremont Health Recognized for Dedication to Breastfeeding SupportPublished: June 1, 2022
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital and Methodist Fremont Health for excellence in lactation care.
Jennie Edmundson and Methodist Fremont Health have each received the IBCLC Care Award, which recognizes facilities that hire International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) staff and provide a lactation program for breastfeeding families. In addition, the award signifies that the hospitals have completed activities that help protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
Jennie Edmundson was the only hospital in Iowa to receive the IBCLC award this year after first being honored in 2020. Methodist Fremont Health was the only hospital in Nebraska to be honored in 2022; it was also recognized in 2020. Methodist Women’s Hospital is also an IBCLC award winner and will be up for consideration again in 2023.
The Methodist campuses are each breastfeeding-friendly locations that promote the benefits of breastfeeding for Mother and Baby. Certified lactation consultants offer inpatient and outpatient lactation support by phone, by email or via one-on-one meetings. Support groups are also available, as well as information for breastfeeding moms returning to work.
As allied health care professionals with the leading internationally recognized certification for professional lactation services, IBCLC professionals work in hospitals, birthing centers, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings and government agencies. There are currently more than 32,500 such professionals in 122 countries. The IBCLC certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), which represents a mark of quality for certification programs.