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Loyola's support of breast-feeding mothers wins award

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Health System has been recognized by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) for excellence in breast-feeding care.

Loyola received the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Care Award for staffing professionals who hold the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant certification (IBCLC) and for providing a lactation program that is available five to seven days a week for breast-feeding families. Loyola also was recognized for providing breast-feeding training for medical staff who care for new families and for implementing activities that help to protect, promote and support breast-feeding.

“This recognition highlights the efforts being made by maternity facilities all across the world to help mothers get off to a good start with breast-feeding and to support them in reaching their goals,” said Liz Brooks, president of ILCA.

IBCLC is the leading internationally recognized lactation certification in the world. IBCLC-certified practitioners are highly skilled in helping mothers with breast-feeding. They also are an important part of the overall maternal/child health team and they assure that evidence-based policies and practices are in place to help mothers succeed with breast-feeding.

In 2012, Loyola University Health System was among 90 hospitals nationwide to be asked to participate in Best Fed Beginnings, a first-of-its-kind initiative to significantly improve breast-feeding rates in states where they are the lowest. The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is leading this program with the help of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Baby-Friendly USA, Inc.

Loyola is working with 90 hospitals using proven quality improvement methods to transform maternity care services in pursuit of a “Baby-Friendly” designation. This designation verifies that a hospital has comprehensively implemented the American Academy of Pediatrics-endorsed 10 Steps to Successful Breast-feeding.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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