UNC Family Medicine Center receives Mother-Baby Award

The UNC Family Medicine Center has been awarded the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition (NCBC) Mother-Baby Award for outpatient health care clinics. This award recognizes excellence in support of breastfeeding in the outpatient setting.

The UNC Family Medicine Center has been awarded the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition (NCBC) Mother-Baby Award for outpatient healthcare clinics. The North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition Mother-Baby Award for outpatient healthcare clinics recognizes excellence in caring for breastfeeding families with evidence-based, high-quality breastfeeding support.  This award was developed in 2014 and the selection criteria closely based on national guidelines for optimizing care for infants and children.

The UNC Department of Family Medicine (FMC)  has a robust maternal and child health program with a deep commitment to providing family-centered and evidence-based care to women and children.  The department's perinatal nurse coordinator Siobhan Wulff is a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who completed the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative lactation training program.  Siobhan provides integrated lactation support in the family medicine setting for mothers and babies at the FMC starting from a woman's first prenatal visit.  Siobhan and the FMC providers continue to provide breastfeeding education throughout a patient's prenatal course and then provide lactation support to mothers and babies after hospital discharge.  This integrated approach with family medicine and lactation services has allowed families at the Family Medicine Center to achieve higher rates of breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity. The Mother-Baby Award recognizes these efforts and the collective commitment to supporting breastfeeding families at the Family Medicine Center.

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