Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center Receives International Award for Promoting Breastfeeding

(Left-to-Right) Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center’s Maureen Coccaro, RN, Director of the Maternity Department; Robin Petrick, IBCLC, ICCE, Parent Educator/Lactation Consultant; and Deborah DiMauro, RN, IBCLC, Parent Educator, stand proudly with the IBCLC Care Award.
(Left-to-Right) Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center’s Maureen Coccaro, RN, Director of the Maternity Department; Robin Petrick, IBCLC, ICCE, Parent Educator/Lactation Consultant; and Deborah DiMauro, RN, IBCLC, Parent Educator, stand proudly with the IBCLC Care Award.

(North Bergen, NJ) – The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center for excellence in lactation care.

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families.  Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center was also acknowledged for providing breastfeeding training for Medical Staff that care for new families, and for regularly conducting activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

The IBCLC Care Award is valued worldwide as the most trusted source for certifying practitioners in lactation and breastfeeding care.

“At Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center, we support and encourage breastfeeding as the preferred method of providing nutrition to infants.  We understand that the road to lifelong health begins with breastfeeding,” said Anthony J. Passannante Jr., M.D., FACC, President of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center.

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center’s IBCLCs focus on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding.  They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping families overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and continuing to support them as their baby grows.  They also assist families returning to work or school, help families in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby or nursing a sick or premature infant, and help train nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care.