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Medela Announces 2011 Breastfeeding Hall of Excellence Inductees to Nationally Recognize Exceptional Breastfeeding Advocates
Date:8/1/2011

ional Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice for 11 years, Moren is the past Chair of the Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition (RIBC). She is the recipient of the RIBC Creme de la Creme award and the Rhode Island Birth Network Award for Extraordinary Service. In 2010, she started a Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) pump program that provides hospital grade pumps to exclusively breastfeeding moms returning to work or school. This year she was appointed to the Rhode Island Healthcare Reform Commission and is working to incorporate the lactation support required by the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 into Rhode Island health care, as well as obtain licensing for IBCLCs in Rhode Island so that they can be reimbursed by insurance for their services. Through a federal grant she secured to distribute "The Business Case for Breastfeeding Toolkit" to employers, Moren partnered with the University of Rhode Island-ADVANCE Program to showcase its lactation program to other universities as a model of excellence in workplace breastfeeding support.

"My mission is to help mothers achieve success in their breastfeeding goals by providing them with the information and assistance they need to be confident in their ability to breastfeed and care for their children," said Kathy Moren, RN, BSN, IBCLC. "I am honored to accept this recognition from my peers and intend to use the award to continue to help ensure access to breastfeeding support is available to all who need it."

Inductee Madeleine Sigman-Grant, PhD, RD: Nominated in the Professional Breastfeeding Advocate category, Sigman-Grant has been a leader in the breastfeeding community for decades. Currently heavily involved in the Nevada statewide breastfeeding coalition, she also works with University of Nevada, Reno Medical School residents, OB/GYN offices and local hospitals to promote human milk as the first choice for infant nutrition. She is also a
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