St. Dominic Hospital is the First Hospital in Area to Receive International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners Care Award
St. Dominic Hospital is the first in the Jackson metro area and one of three hospitals in the state to receive the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners Care Award for the excellence demonstrated in staffing International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.
St. Dominic’s Maternal and Newborn Care currently employs three International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC): Camille Foretich, IBCLC; Nicki Miller, RN, IBCLC and Jingle Ailmont, RN, IBCLC. These consultants are part of the maternal-child health care team and provide breastfeeding activities that demonstrate promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding.
Foretich was named the first IBCLC in Mississippi when she received her designation in 1987. “We are healthcare professionals who provide evidence based support for breastfeeding and reassure the mother that they are getting accurate and up-to-date help and education,” she said. “It is a wonderful career working with mothers, babies and growing new families.”
According to the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners website, research has shown an IBCLC makes a difference in breastfeeding outcomes for new families. A baby is 2.8 times more likely to be breastfeeding upon hospital discharge if the facility employs an IBCLC, and women who receive prenatal education and visits from lactation consultants are more likely to breastfeed through week 20 at a higher breastfeeding intensity.
Paige Sullivan of Florida credits her success in breastfeeding her baby to the St. Dominic’s Maternal and Newborn Care lactation consultants.
When Paige Sullivan became pregnant with her first child at age 42, she worried about how her age would affect breast feeding her baby.
But when her husband was transferred to Jackson for his job, Paige discovered St. Dominic’s Maternal and Newborn Care’s breastfeeding class for new mothers. Paige said the lactation consultants who taught the class were very personable and eased her fears about breastfeeding.
At the time, Paige was still traveling back and forth between Florida and Jackson and planned on having her baby in Florida. But after her positive experience with St. Dominic’s Maternal and Newborn Care classes, she decided to have her baby at St. Dominic Hospital.
“Nicki Miller, one of the lactation consultants, was with me the entire step of the way,” Sullivan said. “We kept in touch throughout my pregnancy, and she really went above and beyond. She was so wonderful in answering all of my questions, even outside of breastfeeding.”
When her doctor decided Sullivan needed a c-section on December 21, 2010, the first thing she did was ask the staff to let Miller know the baby was on its way. “Nicki was working at the hospital that day and she into the room and prayed with my husband and I before the baby was born,” Sullivan said.
“Nicki checked in on me every day while I was at St. Dominic’s,” Sullivan said. “I was afraid of not having a bond with my baby due to having a c-section. But I took all of her advice, and I have not had a single problem with breastfeeding.”
Tandy Warren, RN, who works in the St. Dominic’s nursery, said having IBCLC’s at St. Dominic’s is a tremendous help to the entire department. “Camille comes to the department to help teach the mothers how to breastfeed during transition,” Warren said. “Camille is very compassionate about breastfeeding and teaches that breast is best.”
“All three of the IBCLC’s enjoy teaching the parents about breastfeeding and their peers as well,” Warren said.” They have taught all of us in the department so many new things about lactation.”
Sullivan said if it hadn’t been for Nicki and the other lactation consultants at St. Dominic’s, she wouldn’t have been as successful with breastfeeding her baby and giving her the absolute best care.
“Nicki being there emotionally for me has really helped throughout the pregnancy and beyond,” Sullivan said. “I really think of her as a friend.”
For more information about St. Dominic’s Maternal and Newborn care team or educational classes, please call 601-200-6932 or 601-200-6934.