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K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital & Ocean Medical Center Recognized for Excellence in Lactation Care

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOB/GYNOcean Medical Center

What you need to know

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital and Ocean Medical Center were recently recognized for excellence in lactation care by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA).

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital and Ocean Medical Center received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition of team members who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC) certification and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families. In addition, both HMH hospitals demonstrated that they have recently completed activities that help protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

Details on IBLCE Recognition

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 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.

“As a Baby-Friendly Hospital, our team is committed to promoting and supporting breastfeeding. Our families have access to breastfeeding education classes, lactation consultants, support groups and care at our Center for Breastfeeding. We want to help all families in New Jersey meet their infant feeding goals and achieve breastfeeding success.”


Cassandra Leahy, MSN, BA, RN, LCCE, IBCLC, clinical program manager, BFHI, director of Clinical Services, Center for Breastfeeding, Lactation Services, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital.

“Breastfeeding is not only incredibly important for babies, but also for moms. Babies receive the right nutrients to help them grow and develop, fight off infection, and improve digestion. “Moms benefit from stress reduction and increased bonding with their newborn, faster recovery from giving birth and it may even help in lowering moms’ risk of diabetes, breast and ovarian cancers.”


Joanne Simonetti, RN, nurse manager, Maternal Child Services, Ocean Medical Center