Auburn— Ginny Andrews, Manager for Western Maine Community Action’s WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program and Erin Cotton, Registered Dietitian recently completed the Healthy Children Project’s 45 hour evidence based, comprehensive lactation course, and were awarded the Certified Lactation Counselor Credential.
The CLC credential signifies that the holder has demonstrated the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to provide breastfeeding counseling and management support to families who are thinking about breastfeeding or who have questions or problems during the course of breastfeeding/lactation. CLCs are dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation in their work to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems. “As a certified lactation counselor, I support with patience and care, and will guide mothers with different position changes, tools, informational resources and the emotional support needed for a successful breastfeeding experience,” stated Cotton.
Counselors understand that breastfeeding works best when it is the cultural norm and when the provider of lactation support and services is culturally competent. Obtaining the CLC credential is a way of demonstrating your knowledge and skills in lactation management. “Individuals who hold the CLC credential come from a variety of educational and employment backgrounds,” stated Andrews. Individuals work as lactation counselors in settings including obstetric and pediatric practice settings, hospitals, public health programs, and independent practice.
WIC is a core member of the new community initiative “Breastfeeding in Business”, a media and outreach campaign to assist worksites and businesses in complying with the current lactation law. WIC, along with CMMC, St. Mary’s and Healthy Androscoggin will be promoting tips and tools on how to make your business breastfeeding friendly.
WIC is a public health program providing health and nutrition information, referrals to health care and other social service programs, along with vouchers to purchase healthy foods including: milk, cheese, cereal, juice, eggs, peanut butter, whole grains, as well as fruits and vegetables. Other members of the WIC staff who have earned the CLC credential are Cynthia Goding, Cindy Farrington, Meghan Parker, and Kathie Dolan. For more information about WMCA and WIC go to www.wmca.org and click on Nutrition Services.