One of the goals of the Quin County CHS Breastfeeding Coalition is to provide support to breastfeeding women and families with consistent, accurate and current information. One way to provide this is to educate area professionals on skills to support breastfeeding families.

    In March, nearly 30 area professionals attended a Breastfeeding-Friendly Skills Training designed increase to knowledge of breastfeeding issues, skills and competence for professionals working with mothers and infants during the prenatal, perinatal, or postnatal period.  Sessions included: skin to skin, latch and positioning, hand expression, supplementation of the breastfed infant, breast pumps and positive messaging.

    The trainings were led by highly qualified, credentialed Certified Lactation Counselors (CLC) or International Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC)’s.  Connie Hagen, RN, IBCLC, speaking as a leader of the Quin County CHS Breastfeeding Coalition, stated, “How wonderful it was that so many organizations, including LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau, Sanford Hospital in Thief River Falls, Polk County WIC, Quin County CHS WIC, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. of Crookston and Inter-County Nursing Service of Thief River Falls, stepped up to allow their employees to be trainers for this event.  This shows we do have many organizations dedicated to breastfeeding families.”  

    Pam Hockstedler, RN, from North Valley Public Health of Warren, stated, “This was wonderful, I learned something new at each of the stations.”

    Now, many local breastfeeding resources will be utilizing the skills taught in the North Dakota Breastfeeding-Friendly Skills Training curriculum.  Area breastfeeding families will feel even more confident using our local resources knowing consistent current breastfeeding information is being provided for help with their questions.

    For more information contact Connie Hagen, RN, Inter-County Nursing Service, 218-681-0876 or Sue Johnson, SHIP Coordinator, at Quin County CHS, 218-874-7845.