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

member of the Maternal Child Health Coalition of Nevada and was just recently awarded the Nevada Outstanding Dietitian award for 2011.

Sigman-Grant was instrumental in establishing the statewide Breastfeeding Taskforce of Nevada nearly 10 years ago. Previously serving as the president and vice president of the Taskforce, she now serves as a member-at-large in an advisory role. Sigman-Grant is extensively published with articles appearing in Journal of Human Lactation, Pediatrics and the Journal of Nutritional Education and Behavior.

"It has been a long journey since those days when few mothers were breastfeeding. Much progress has been made and I feel blessed to have been a small part of this change. There is still much work to be done with mothers, their families and health care professionals," said Madeleine Sigman-Grant, PhD, RD. "Combined with ongoing research into human milk and the myriad of benefits to mothers and babies, I am encouraged that new moms will find the support they need to nurture and nourish their infants. I am honored to have been nominated by my peers for this award and more importantly, to have worked with so many passionate and committed mothers."

More than 100 lactation consultants and breastfeeding advocates were nominated this year. Inductees were chosen by an independent judging panel comprised of respected lactation consultants and professional and community breastfeeding advocates including: Jennifer Thomas, MD, FAAP, IBCLC; Paula Sisk, PhD, RD, IBCLC; and Julie Hamilton, CLC and 2010 Mrs. Nashville whose platform was breastfeeding preparedness. The panel was solely responsible for judging entries and selecting the program inductees after reviewing dozens of letters of support from other professionals and breastfeeding mothers who contributed to the nomination process.

The Breastfeeding Hall of Excellence accepts nominations in three categories, Lactation Consultant, Professional Breastfeeding
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