The Children’s Hospital at Providence recognized for excellence in lactation care

June 02, 2016
Award highlights commitment to protect, promote and support breastfeeding

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) have recognized The Children’s Hospital at Providence for excellence in lactation care.

The hospital has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® certification (IBCLC) and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families. In addition, the facility demonstrated that it has completed activities that help protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

“We are very honored to be recognized for our work to provide care to new mothers,” said Jen Aist, manager, Maternity Outpatient Clinics & Services at The Children’s Hospital at Providence. “Our wonderful team of caregivers does our best to ensure that lactation education and care are available to every breastfeeding family.”

According to Decalie Brown, president of ILCA, “This recognition highlights the efforts being made by maternity facilities all across the world to help mothers get off to a good start with breastfeeding, and to support them in reaching their goals. IBCLC is the leading internationally recognized lactation certification in the world, and IBCLC certificants are highly skilled in helping mothers with the questions and concerns that can arise. They are also an important part of the overall maternal and child health team by assuring that evidence-based policies and practices are in place that help mothers succeed with breastfeeding.”

Andreja Tekauc Golob, chair of IBLCE states, “IBCLC Care Award recipients should be applauded for their efforts to improve maternal and child health by promoting and providing expert lactation care within their community. By hiring IBLCE certificants, they ensure that their patients are receiving lactation care from health care professionals that are educated and trained to deal with the most challenging situations.”

In addition to finding IBCLC professionals at The Children’s Hospital at Providence, mothers can also find an IBCLC near them by visiting Follow the “Find a Lactation Consultant” link and search for an IBCLC by postal code, city and state, or country.

For more information about the IBCLC Care Award program, contact IBLCE at


About The Children’s Hospital at Providence

Located within Providence Alaska Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital at Providence functions as a hospital within a hospital. The Children’s Hospital is known for its outstanding Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Maternity Center. The 146-bed inpatient facility offers family-centered care in every area of pediatric medicine and provides pediatric subspecialty services in Anchorage and across the state of Alaska. As the first Baby Friendly designated hospital in Alaska, The Children’s Hospital is proud of its comprehensive lactation program and outpatient Lactation Clinic. For more information about the Children’s Hospital, visit: