MCHENRY, Ill., Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week, Medela is proud to honor the hard work, dedication and best practices of US-based lactation consultants and breastfeeding advocates. The company today announced the induction of two new members to the Breastfeeding Hall of Excellence: Madeleine Sigman-Grant, Las Vegas, Nev. and Kathleen Moren, Providence, R.I.
"As the world focuses this week on the importance of breastfeeding, we are thrilled to honor these exceptional professionals who have committed much of their personal and professional lives to promoting breastfeeding and working to improve the health of women and their children every day," said Medela President Carolin Archibald. "Breastfeeding initiation and duration rates are on the rise – which means more mothers are breastfeeding, and for longer. That is great news and is due in large part to professionals and advocates like the women we are honoring today."
Since the program began in 2006 (known then as the Lactation Consultant Hall of Excellence), it has recognized professionals who exemplify best practices and outstanding dedication to their profession. Inspired by the efforts shared by previous nominees, Medela expanded the program this year to honor other health care professionals and community breastfeeding advocates who work collaboratively to support breastfeeding.
Inductees will be honored during receptions this week in Las Vegas, Nev. and Providence, R.I. Each will receive a 2011 Breastfeeding Hall of Excellence plaque and award as well as a $5,000 grant to fund research, continue education, purchase equipment for use in their practice or donate to the breastfeeding charity of their choice.
2011 Breastfeeding Hall of Excellence Inductees:
Inductee Kathleen Moren, RN, BSN, IBCLC: Nominated in the Lactation Consultant category, Moren has had a career-long history of supporting breastfeeding. An Internat
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