CMH Supports Breastfeeding Mothers

Columbia Memorial Hospital honored for excellence lactation care

IBCLC Care Award LogoASTORIA, Ore. – Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) was recently recognized for excellence in supporting breastfeeding mothers.

CMH was honored with the IBCLC Care Award for a third two-year term in recognition of its commitment to providing breastfeeding mothers in the Lower Columbia Region lactation support through the CMH Lactation Program.

CMH demonstrates its continued commitment to the health of mothers and babies in our community by employing nurses who have been certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and providing a lactation program that is available 5-7 days a week for breastfeeding families. The CMH Family Birthing Center provides breastfeeding training for medical staff that care for new families, and has recently completed activities that help protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

“IBCLC Care Award recipients should be applauded for their efforts to improve maternal and child health by promoting and providing expert lactation care within their community. By hiring IBLCE certificants, they ensure that their patients are receiving lactation care from healthcare professionals that are educated and trained to deal with the most challenging situations,” said Andreja Tekauc Golob, chair of IBLCE.

CMH’s Lactation Consultants are available during pregnancy to assess the mother and provide information on how to initiate breastfeeding. They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping mothers overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and continuing to support them as their baby grows.

They assist mothers returning to work or school, help mothers in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby or nursing a sick or premature infant, and help train nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care.

For more information about CMH’s Lactation Program, call 503-791-9140.