March 5 is IBCLC Day
During this year’s International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Day, March 5, we join the international campaign that focuses on deepening the connections IBCLCs have with families, health care providers and the community by taking a moment to thank the IBCLCs making a difference in the lives of families throughout Lexington and Central Kentucky.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) has two IBCLCs, Doraine Bailey and Terri Phelps, offering families breastfeeding support in person and over the phone. Free prenatal classes on breastfeeding are held twice a month, including a new class offered in Spanish. Breastfeeding support staff also coordinate a brand new Breastfeeding Moms Club on the third Friday of each month. Details on classes can be found on the health department’s website. You can also click the following links to download posters to help promote the classes:
Furthermore, our lactation consultants collaborate with Lexington’s birthing hospitals. In 2011 and 2012, they hosted trainings on birth skin-to-skin for hospital staff. When a mother holds her baby on her chest as soon as possible after birth, the baby stays warmer and is more likely to start successfully breastfeeding. Staff continue to provide hospitals with information and resources to share with their employees and patients, including contact information for our Breastfeeding Warm Line (staffed during office hours by and IBCLC) and our Breastfeeding Moms Club.
We are grateful for the work of all the IBCLCs, mother-to-mother support leaders, and others helping breastfeeding families. Because of their hard work, Lexington continues to lead the state in the number of babies starting out breastfeeding.
If you or someone you know would like more information about breastfeeding support, just call the health department’s Breastfeeding Warm Line at (859) 288-2348.