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It’s International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC)/Lactation Support Staff Day

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We join the international campaign that focuses on deepening the connections International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) 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 has one IBCLC, Doraine Bailey, offering families breastfeeding support in person and over the phone. Cristina Hiten and Mary Beth Gilles are Certified Lactation Consultants, and Alyson Layne-Davidson and Kelli Gould are Certified Lactation Specialists.

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.

Gilles receives lactation consultant certification

Mary Beth Gilles, a nutrition specialist in WIC, recently received her Certified Lactation Consultant certification.

“With this certification, I want to help raise the statistics of breastfeeding women and infants everywhere,” Gilles said. “There are so many benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby, including decreased risk of ovarian cancer, breast cancer and heart disease for women and overall better health for the baby. I am very excited to share the knowledge I have acquired with our clients at WIC and with my WIC team.”March 7 Mary Beth Gilles receives certification

Gilles is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s of health science degree in dietetics. She joined the health department two months after graduation and has been with the WIC program for almost two years.

Gilles says she knew nothing about breastfeeding when she started her job, but it “struck my interest immediately, and I began trying to absorb as much information as I could to help women become comfortable and confident in breastfeeding.”

The ability to share that information is one of Gilles’ favorite parts of working at the health department.

“There are so many aspects I love about my job,” she said, “but there are a couple of things that really exceeded my expectations. The WIC program has taught me so much about nutrition for pregnant/postpartum women, infants and children, and I continue to learn something new every day. I am beyond excited and forever grateful to start my journey as a CLC.”

LFCHD gives 185 free flu shots

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department provided 185 free flu shots Tuesday evening at its special one-night-only clinic for the community. Flu shots continue to be provided, for a fee, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday in the Public Health Clinic.

The event received news coverage from WKYT, WLEX and WTVQ.

Health department provides 144 free Narcan kits in community class

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department provided 144 naloxone kits Tuesday at its first class to train the community on the overdose-reversing medication. Due to overwhelming demand, the health department plans to hold additional community classes to be announced soon.

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, blocks opiate receptors in the brain, works in 1-3 minutes and lasts 30-90 minutes. It can cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and disorientation, but there is no risk for abuse or addiction. If given in a timely manner, the antidote can prevent deaths from overdoses due to opioid drugs, such as oxycodone or heroin.

“Ready access to naloxone at home or in the community can save lives,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh. “Knowing when and how to use Narcan gives people a chance for recovery in the future.”

The free naloxone kits were available to the community through a partnership between the health department, Drug Free Lex and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, and a bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Staff who worked the event included: Deanna Bond, Maggie Bravo, Sandy Breeding, Lindsay Earlywine, Laura Foley, Kevin Hall, Kim Harris, Cristina Hiten, Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, Jill Keys, Yolanda Loveless, Christy Nentwick, Ruben Perez, Bailey Preston and Dan Satterfield.

Here are some comments from the public:

Bailey receives recertification as lactation consultant


Doraine Bailey, our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), has recertified her credential. All IBCLC are required to have 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years to recertify. Some of the continuing education topics included breastfeeding practices among Jewish and Muslim mothers; human milk banking; breastfeeding practices among LGBTQ families; infant gut microbiome; diagnoses for breastfeeding-related pain; implications of insulin dysregulation and diabetes for breastfeeding mothers; infant sleep, gut emptying and breastfeeding frequency; hypoplastic breast syndrome; opioids and drug-dependent women; and managing tethered oral tissues.

Doraine now begins her 16th year as an IBCLC with the health department, part of her 27 years with the agency.

LFCHD holds media event to announce free Narcan

In preparation for Friday’s official launch of free Narcan in the needle-exchange program, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department held a media event to announce the news to the community.

The kits are available through a partnership between the health department and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. The kits will be distributed 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room.

Dr. HumbaughLFCHD’s Kevin Hall and Dr. Kraig Humbaugh spoke at the event, as did Dr. Svetla Slavova, principal investigator for the grant and associate professor in the UK College of Public Health Department of Biostatistics. She is also a faculty member with the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. The purchase of Narcan® was supported by a grant 2014-PM-BX-0010 (Data-Driven Multidisciplinary Approaches to Reducing Prescription Abuse in Kentucky) awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

Media coverage for the event included the following (Lexington Community Radio also had three show hosts cover the event, including an interview in Spanish, but posts are not yet available):

The entire event can also be found on the LFCHD Facebook page: Narcan announcment (Facebook).

LFCHD offers breastfeeding area at Crave

We had a successful turnout at this past weekend’s Crave event in Lexington as we provided a private, air-conditioned area for moms to breastfeed! Special thanks to Green Box Air for donating the air-conditioned tent – we hear from many parents who were grateful to have the space! We also want to highlight our staff members who worked hard at the event and behind the scenes planning for the weekend: Doraine Bailey, Kelli Gould, Nancy Hiner, Sara McMahan, Zinder Morris and Megan Preston.

LFCHD takes part in National HIV Testing Day

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department held special hours Tuesday for National HIV Testing Day. Everyone who got a free HIV test was also entered into a drawing for a new 40-inch TV.

During the day, eight people got HIV tests, and the Infectious Disease team called the event a true success!

To learn more about the day, be sure to watch our Facebook Live video: National HIV Testing Day.

LFCHD teams put together care packages for Ronald McDonald House

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Thirty staff members from the Public Health Clinic, WIC, medical records, clerical, DIOS and TB spent Friday putting together 171 breakfast care packages for the Ronald McDonald House as part of the section’s annual team-building project. The Ronald McDonald House serves families of children 21 years and under that are being treated by local hospitals by providing housing options for $10 per night while the child is hospitalized. While seeking ideas for this year’s project, staff learned that the Ronald McDonald House often needs “grab-and-go” packages for families who are heading out in the mornings to go to an area hospital to see their child.

After the morning packaging the items, the LFCHD team enjoyed an outing for bowling and pizza.

Helping Lexington be well at maternity fair!

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We participated in the 18th annual Maternity Fair held April 29 by the Women’s Hospital Saint Joseph East. Mary Beth Gilles and Doraine Bailey provided WIC and breastfeeding information, and Sarah McMahan gave safe sleep information for babies. About 600 people attended the event at the Marriott Griffin Gate. We’ve had a display at this event every year since its inception and look forward to being part of future events!

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