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UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Honored for Its Lactation Care Services

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized UnityPoint Health – Des Moines for excellence in lactation care.

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for helping protect, promote and support breastfeeding. We offer lactation services 7 days a week for breastfeeding families. In addition, our lactation consultants have the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® certification (IBCLC®) and medical staff who care for new families are provided breastfeeding training.

According to Decalie Brown, president of ILCA, "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."

Tomoko Seo, chair of IBLCE, echoes those sentiments. "Facilities that receive the IBCLC Care Award are to be commended for improving maternal and child health by making breastfeeding a priority and for taking steps to improve breastfeeding support. An important part of providing excellent breastfeeding care is having expert assistance available when the breastfeeding couple needs it. IBCLC professionals are the health care professionals best suited to provide this clinical help and to help mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals."

At UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, we offer a Prenatal Breastfeeding Class, where pregnant women can learn more about breastfeeding. Our lactation consultants are available to assess the mother during pregnancy and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. Following the birth of your baby, our consultants will meet with you in our Maternity Centers to answer any questions you may have and will help educate you on how best to meet your breastfeeding goals. After you return home, our consultants can help with any breastfeeding challenges you may face during a one-on-one outpatient visit or through our Breastfeeding Support Group.

Brown says, "Breastfeeding rates are on the rise today, and with that dramatic increase, the need for trained professionals who can help also increases. Breastfeeding is natural and often works quite well without intervention. But there can be complications or risk factors, and mothers need extra support. An IBCLC is the trained expert with clinical skill who works with the entire health care team so that a mother's breastfeeding goals can be met."