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Aurora Lakeland Medical Centers Baby-Friendly award is renewed

Friday, June 15, 2007

Aurora Lakeland Medical Center recently received a renewal of the Baby-Friendly award that it received in 2001. The hospital was the first in the state of Wisconsin to receive the distinction of being a Baby-Friendly hospital by Baby-Friendly USA. Aurora Lakeland Medical Center is one of 52 Baby-Friendly hospitals and birthing centers in the U.S.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is an international program of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund that recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer optimal care for lactation. Mothers gain information, confidence and the skills needed to be successful when breastfeeding their babies.

In order to be recognized as Baby-Friendly, hospitals must successfully practice the ten steps to successful breastfeeding and pass assessment by the Baby-Friendly survey team and a review by the External Review Board.

Kathleen Skowlund, administrator/chief nurse executive, Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, said, "We are very pleased to have achieved this recognition. Our staff does an incredible job and the recertification reflects our deep commitment to providing patient-focused care.''

Part of that commitment is reflected in the Lakeland Lactation Center. The center, located within the Women and Infant Care Unit, is designed to assist breastfeeding mothers with any issues and concerns that they may have. The staff of registered nurses are all International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. The Lactation Consultants also educate the OB staff on the skills needed to assist breastfeeding mothers and babies.

The Lactation Center offers help and support in several ways including a prenatal class entitled "Breastfeeding Your Baby - The Basics," guidance on breastfeeding while returning to work or school, educational materials, a support group, and individual counseling. Lactation Consultants can also assist with concerns including taking medications while breastfeeding, problems with infants latching on, nursing multiples, and stimulation of lactation for an adopted infant.

If you would like more information, call the Lactation Center at 262-741-2814.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Emily Church (262-767-6264)

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