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Certified Lactation Counselor Training

Concerned by the shortage of professional breastfeeding support for new moms in Sullivan County, and courtesy of a generous grant from former New York State Senator John Bonacic in 2019, Sullivan 180 has been pleased to help to increase the level of local breastfeeding support.

In consultation with the Sullivan County Breastfeeding Coalition, Sullivan 180 has provided full scholarships to attend Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) training for a number of local health professionals and paraprofessionals who work with new mothers and newborns. With an increased number of CLCs in the county, more women will have immediate breastfeeding support in the very sensitive newborn period. Breastmilk is nature’s ideal food for infants, supplying them with the perfect combination of nutrients and immune system support. Breastfeeding has significant and long lasting health benefits for the new mother as well, including a preventive effect against certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases later in life.

The CLC training course is a college-level five-day course, which includes testing and certification. Upon successful completion of the course and upon passing the exam, the attendees gained their certification as a CLC.   According to the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP), “CLCs are dedicated to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding and human lactation in their work to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems.”

PARTNER INITIATIVE:

Certified Lactation Counselor Training

Concerned by the shortage of professional breastfeeding support for new moms in Sullivan County, and courtesy of a generous grant from former New York State Senator John Bonacic in 2019, Sullivan 180 has been pleased to help to increase the level of local breastfeeding support.

In consultation with the Sullivan County Breastfeeding Coalition, Sullivan 180 has provided full scholarships to attend Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) training for a number of local health professionals and paraprofessionals who work with new mothers and newborns. With an increased number of CLCs in the county, more women will have immediate breastfeeding support in the very sensitive newborn period. Breastmilk is nature’s ideal food for infants, supplying them with the perfect combination of nutrients and immune system support. Breastfeeding has significant and long lasting health benefits for the new mother as well, including a preventive effect against certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases later in life.

The CLC training course is a college-level five-day course, which includes testing and certification. Upon successful completion of the course and upon passing the exam, the attendees gained their certification as a CLC.   According to the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP), “CLCs are dedicated to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding and human lactation in their work to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems.”

PARTNER INITIATIVE:

Certified Lactation Counselor Training

Concerned by the shortage of professional breastfeeding support for new moms in Sullivan County, and courtesy of a generous grant from former New York State Senator John Bonacic in 2019, Sullivan 180 has been pleased to help to increase the level of local breastfeeding support.

In consultation with the Sullivan County Breastfeeding Coalition, Sullivan 180 has provided full scholarships to attend Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) training for a number of local health professionals and paraprofessionals who work with new mothers and newborns. With an increased number of CLCs in the county, more women will have immediate breastfeeding support in the very sensitive newborn period. Breastmilk is nature’s ideal food for infants, supplying them with the perfect combination of nutrients and immune system support. Breastfeeding has significant and long lasting health benefits for the new mother as well, including a preventive effect against certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases later in life.

The CLC training course is a college-level five-day course, which includes testing and certification. Upon successful completion of the course and upon passing the exam, the attendees gained their certification as a CLC.   According to the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP), “CLCs are dedicated to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding and human lactation in their work to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems.”

In order to qualify for a scholarship, staff were required to be nominated by their employer and have regular direct contact in their workplace with mothers in the postpartum period from birth to six months. Sullivan 180 recommended to organizations who successfully nominated staff that they allow attendance on paid work time to increase the number of staff who could commit to the training.  The scholarship covered costs of the training, textbook, testing, and all travel expenses, thus eliminating a long-standing barrier to becoming a CLC.  Catskill Regional Medical Center had also generously made a commitment to sponsor their obstetrical RNs for this training in the future, to ensure adequate support for its patients in the vulnerable postpartum period.

Sullivan 180 commends its partner organizations Catskill Regional Medical Center, Sullivan County Public Health Services, and Maternal Infant Services Network, who have all nominated their staff for scholarships.
Upon completion of this grant, eight local professionals and paraprofessionals have been trained a Certified Lactation Counselors.

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