The accreditation by the IBLC comes at a time when the U.S. Surgeon General has launched a campaign to increase breastfeeding by moms, saying it’s not only healthier for moms and babies, but helps families save on the cost of formula.
''One of the most highly effective preventive measures a mother can take to protect her child and her own self is to breastfeed,"
Hudson Valley Hospital is one of only seven hospitals and birthing facilities in New York State to be listed by the IBLC in its annual directory. In order to qualify to be listed, hospitals must apply and must meet criteria, which includes hiring currently certified International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and having professional lactation support program available 5-7 days a week. IBLC facilities must also have demonstrated that they provide training for their nursing, medical, and other staff who care for breastfeeding families, and have implemented special projects that promote, protect, and support breastfeeding.
Linda LeMon, a Board Certified lactation consultant at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, said that HVHC is ahead of the curve when it comes to breastfeeding support. “More new mothers are breastfeeding when they leave Hudson Valley Hospital,’’ she said. “In fact, 85% of new moms are breastfeeding when they leave the hospital. That’s significantly higher than the national average.’’
Babies who are breast fed have stronger immune systems and fewer ailments such as diarrhea, respiratory and ear infections, and allergic skin disorders. LeMon attributes Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s success to several factors, but pointed to the strong support moms receive in hospital and after they leave, as the main factor.
“The obstetricians, mid-wives, pediatricians and especially the nurses are all big supporters of breastfeeding,”
The Hospital also offers prenatal education classes, private consultations, telephone triage and a new class on what to expect for grandmothers. For more information on the programs at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, visit www.hvhc.org.
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