The IBCLC Care Award recognizes efforts to improve maternal and child health by promoting and providing expert lactation care within their community.

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The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized N.C. Women’s Hospital for excellence in lactation care.

The hospital has received the IBCLC Care Award for staffing professionals who hold the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant certification (IBCLC®), providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families and completing activities that help protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

“N.C. Women’s Hospital is honored to be recognized by ILCA and IBCLC for providing professional lactation support to all mother-baby dyads by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants,” said Diane Asbill, program coordinator for lactation services at N.C. Women’s Hospital at the UNC Medical Center. “This award highlights N.C. Women’s Hospital’s commitment to provide exceptional evidenced based breastfeeding support and education. Our goal is to enable all mothers to meet their personal breastfeeding goals, thereby improving the health of mothers and babies of North Carolina.”

The mission of UNC’s Lactation Program is to provide integrated, evidence-based lactation care for the mom-baby dyad, thereby empowering mothers to meet their
breastfeeding goals. N.C. Women’s Hospital has lactation consultants on staff seven days a week, and UNC lactation consultants can be available on an outpatient basis at UNC Children’s Primary Care and the Women’s Clinic on the first floor of N.C Women’s Hospital. Lactation consultants also staff the LC Warmline at 984-974-8078, or toll free at 866-428-5608.

“This recognition highlights the efforts being made by maternity facilities all across the world to help mothers get off to a good start with breastfeeding and to support them in reaching their goals,” said Decalie Brown, president of ILCA. “IBCLC is the leading internationally recognized lactation certification in the world, and IBCLC certificants 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 that evidence-based policies and practices are in place that help mothers succeed with breastfeeding.”

In 2012, N.C. Women’s Hospital was the third hospital in the state to receive international recognition as a Baby-Friendly birth facility from Baby-Friendly USA, a program of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund which recognizes an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and babies.