Five nurses in Arkansas Methodist Medical Center’s Women’s Services Department have recently been designated as Certified Breastfeeding Advisors.
In order to be successful in their lactation efforts, new mothers attempting to breastfeed their infant need accurate and consistent information and technical support from their healthcare professional. These professionals, especially nurses, are central to this support network. However, research has indicated that maternal-newborn nurses and other healthcare professionals vary in their lactation knowledge and ability to support these mothers’ breastfeeding efforts.
BREASTFEEDING: A CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS is designed for use by those who care for mothers and their babies from conception through the first year of life. This includes physicians, lactation consultants, hospital nurses, clinic nurses, public health nurses, WIC counselors and dieticians. This efficient and effective program provides healthcare providers with current, concise, accurate, evidence-based information, grants continuing education credits and facilitates competency documentation of breastfeeding skills.
The month of August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month and at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center we are committed to assisting our expectant and new mothers and our pleased that Jennifer McIlvoy, RN; Sara Hughes, RN; Amanda Hollis, RN; Aaron Franklin, RN and Charla Bagwell, LPN are now Certified Breastfeeding Advisors.