Tri-City Breastfeeding Program Awarded Global Recognition

  International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® and International Lactation Consultant Association™ recognizes medical center 

OCEANSIDE – Tri-City Medical Center has received an IBCLC Care Award from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the International Lactation Consultant Association. This award recognizes the medical center’s successful breastfeeding program, the support it provides to mothers and babies, and the certified lactation consultants that deliver it.

Tri-City Medical Center is one of only two medical centers in San Diego County and of only 20 facilities in California to receive this award. To be eligible for the IBCLC Care Award, hospitals must have IBCLC certified staff, offer a professional lactation support program 5-7 days a week, complete a breastfeeding promotion and support project, and provide breastfeeding training for staff.

“Tri-City Medical Center is committed to providing professional lactation support as an integral part of our maternal and child health services,” said Heather Sager, manager of Tri-City Medical Center’s Lactation/Childbirth Education Department. “We have certified lactation consultants on-site everyday for our patients and community members.”

Tri-City Medical Center has offered breastfeeding support services for 20 years and expanded its services after it developed the Lactation Support Program 12 years ago. Through this program, Tri-City Medical Center offers free, hands-on lactation consultations for breastfeeding moms and a breastfeeding support group. For a year and a half, Tri-City Medical Center has also offered to staff Birth and Beyond classes. During the two-day, 16-hour course, employees learn how to promote and support breastfeeding and early mother-infant attachment in the hospital setting. Approximately 100 employees have completed the course and earned continuing education credits.

About Tri-City Medical Center
Tri-City Medical Center is a Gold Seal-approved, full-service, acute-care medical center with two advanced clinical institutes and physicians practicing in 60 specialties. The medical center, a leader in robotics and minimally invasive technologies, has served the community for more than a half-century. It is administered by the Tri-City Healthcare District, which includes parts or all of Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad and San Marcos. Tri-City Medical Center was named one of "100 Great Hospitals in America” by the editors of Becker's Hospital Review. Selected from over 5,700 hospitals, Tri-City Medical Center was recognized as an innovator in medical treatments, research, technology and care delivery as well as an anchor of health in the country. For more information about Tri-City Medical Center, please visit www.tricitymed.org.

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For Immediate Release                                                  Contact:  Jodie Wingo
4/11/2013                                                                                Office: 760-940-5793
Cell Phone: 760-908-3929

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