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SUBMITTED by Maureen Weidman (30-May-2013)

Finger Lakes Breastfeeding Partnership Sponsors Certified Lactation Consultant Training

Breastfeeding saves lives! Nearly 1,000 infant deaths could be prevented yearly if 90 percent of babies were exclusively breastfed during their first six months of life. Typically, breastfed babies need fewer sick care visits, prescriptions, and hospitalizations. In addition, breastfeeding lowers a mother’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression.

Although breastfeeding is a completely natural act it is often a learning experience. Some mothers and families benefit from the help of a Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC). The Finger Lakes Breastfeeding Partnership recently sponsored a week-long CLC training program. Forty-eight women participated and completed the certification exam. Participants represented local doctor’s offices, hospitals and family resource centers. Many live and work in the Finger Lakes region.

Participants in CLC training held April 29-May 3, 2013 at the Ontario County Safety Training Facility in Hopewell.
The response to the training was very positive and hopefully more will be held in the future. This is one of a number of interventions that the Finger Lakes Breastfeeding Partnership has implemented in an attempt to increase breastfeeding rates and improve the health of our community.

The Finger Lakes Breastfeeding Partnership is a collaboration between Thompson Health, Finger Lakes Health, Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, local health departments (Ontario, Seneca, Yates, and Ontario), Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, La Leche League, WIC, and Child & Family Resource Center. The Partnership is committed to the health and wellbeing of families through the promotion of breastfeeding.

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