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Amy Ilardi, RN, Provides Breastfeeding Support to Mothers at Oswego Health - Renews Certification as Certified Lactation Counselor® (CLC)

Hospital news | Thursday, July 7, 2022

Contact: Jamie Leszczynski

Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both moms and babies yet it can be difficult at times – both emotionally and physically. A lactation consultant is often a source of emotional support and encouragement as the first few weeks of a baby’s life are the most important time for establishing breastfeeding.

At Oswego Health’s Maternity Department, Amy Ilardi, RN, who has been with the organization since 2014, works with delivering mothers to increase their chances of having a long and successful breastfeeding experience.

Recently renewing her credentials as a Certified Lactation Counselor® (CLC), Ilardi received training and competency verification in breastfeeding and human lactation support, including assessing the latching and feeding process, providing corrective interventions, counseling mothers, understanding, and applying knowledge of milk production including in special circumstances and other commonly encountered situations.

There are currently over 23,000 CLCs in the US. The CLC credential signifies that one has demonstrated the necessary skills, knowledge, and competencies to provide breastfeeding counseling and management support to families who are thinking about breastfeeding or who have questions or problems during breastfeeding/lactation. CLCs are dedicated to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding and human lactation in their work to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems. CLCs understand that breastfeeding works best when it is the cultural norm and when the provider of lactation support services is culturally competent.

“I am so proud of Amy for continuing her certification as her role is pivotal here in the Maternity Department as she supports our laboring mothers and babies with breastfeeding,” shared Jessica Leaf, RN, Director of Women’s Services at Oswego Health. “She takes the time needed to not only offer support but is empathetic and understanding and the relationship she helps foster for mom and baby is truly remarkable as they both embrace breastfeeding.”