EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire recently was honored for excellence in lactation care by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the International Lactation Consultant Association. The IBCLC Care Award is a global recognition awarded to facilities that have staff certified by IBCLC, provide a lactation program at least five days a week and offer training for medical staff that provide care for new families.
“Achieving the IBCLC Award acknowledges Mayo Clinic Health System’s commitment to provide our maternity patients a high standard of care to be successful in meeting their breast-feeding goals,” says Kathy Cable, a registered nurse in the Family Birth Center.
“This distinction aligns with Mayo Clinic Health System’s vision to contribute to the health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient,” says Jan Miller, a registered nurse in Pediatrics. “Our lactation consultants are there for families after delivery and in the weeks to come.”
- Ask for help right away: Even within the first hour after delivery, maternity nurses or lactation consultants can offer support to new moms, starting with how to position and attach the baby at the breast for an adequate latch for breast-feeding.
- Let baby set the pace: Newborns breast-feed every two to three hours around the clock. Watch for early signs of hunger, such as stirring, restlessness, sucking motions and lip movements.
- Hold off on a pacifier: Giving a pacifier too soon might interfere with breast-feeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting to introduce a pacifier until breast-feeding is well established, usually three to four weeks after birth.
Mayo Clinic Health System provides lactation consultation in Barron, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire and Menomonie for patients and community members. At these locations, many of the Obstetrics & Gynecology staff has training and advanced education in lactation. There are also IBCLCs available to assist in the clinical management of breast-feeding babies and their mothers to help them meet their breast-feeding goals. For more information, visit mayoclinichealthsystem.org and search for lactation.
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Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.