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Published on October 29, 2009

Brown Earns IBCLC Certification

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Georgetown, SC –Georgetown Hospital System’s Community Health Education OB Educator Pamella Brown has earned lactation consultant certification from the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). Brown’s achievement gives GHS two certified lactation consultants to assist new mothers in learning how to breastfeed their babies.

A registered nurse, Brown completed 1,000 hours of lactation-specific clinical experience and 45 hours of education in Human Lactation and Breastfeeding in the past five years in order to qualify for certification consideration. The certification process concluded with a six-hour examination by the IBCLC.

Brown’s five-year certification will aid Georgetown Hospital System in supporting the Healthy People 2010 goal, which is to have 75% of new mothers exclusively breastfeeding following delivery, 50% at five months post partum, and 25% at one year. Brown provides lactation consultation for new mothers at both Waccamaw Community Hospital and Georgetown Memorial Hospital and teaches free breastfeeding classes to expectant mothers.

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