The U.S. Surgeon General issued a Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding which recommends that the public have access to services provided by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs).
An IBCLC is a member of the maternal-child healthcare team with specialized skills in breastfeeding care and management. The IBCLC credential is the highest certification and is an internationally recognized credential in the field of lactation. Research has shown improved breastfeeding outcomes when mothers and infants receive the services of IBCLCs.
The Healthy Keystone Kids Initiative was started by the four chapters of the United States Lactation Consultant Association that provide services across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The members are:
Western Pennsylvania Lactation Consultant Association
Pennsylvania Mid-state Lactation Coalition
Pennsylvania Resource Organization for Lactation Consultants
Nurture: South Central PA Lactation Consultant Association
The mission of the Healthy Keystone Kids Initiative is to:
Promote the benefits of breastfeeding to the child, the mother, and society.
Educate on the need and importance of licensure of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants in Pennsylvania.
For more information on the Healthy Keystone Kids Initiative, please contact:
Judy Gutowski, BA, IBCLC