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I recently listen to a TED talk from Diana Nyak About her swim from Cuba to Key West at age 64. On her 5th attempt to swim the channel she succeeded after 54 grueling hours. 

For those of us who have been working in the lactation consultant field it can feel no less grueling.  Not as dangerous to be sure, but just as challenging.

Her challenges:   Jelly fish with vicious stings

Our challenges:    Unsupportive coworkers who can undermine our efforts

Her challenges:    Sharks

Her challenges:    Hypothermia

Our challenges:  Working alone with no support from colleagues

Our challenges:   The formula industry

Her challenges:    Exhaustion

Our challenges:  Years of struggle to make even the smallest policy change

Her challenges:    Navigation

Our challenges:  What is the best strategy to make change or educate co-workers?

Her challenges:    Food and drink 

Our challenges:  Recharging with suggestions from coworkers or conference attendance.

The prize for her.   Walking up on the beach in Key West

For us it might be finally becoming certified as an IBCLC, or helping a mom with a particularly difficult situation or bringing your hospital through the Baby Friendly Hospital designation process

Don't give up when the difficult seems impossible. 

Find a way

By the way, if you are not plugged into the TED talks, you will find them fascinating





Vergie Hughes has a long history of experience in Maternal Child Health including labor and delivery, post-partum and pediatrics, and for the past 25 years she has been involved in lactation management. Ms. Hughes has a BSN from Pacific Lutheran University and a MS from Georgetown University. She has been a board certified lactation consultant since 1985. At Georgetown University Hospital, she was the director of the Human Milk Bank. She created and developed the National Capitol Lactation Center and the one week Lactation Consultant Training Program. This course has trained more than 4,000 Lactation Consultants since its inception in 1990.

She has been a private practice lactation consultant and business owner, and operated her own lactation center, Washington’s Families First. Lactation Education Resources On-Line is her website, offering training to professionals and information to parents as well. Ms. Hughes has served on the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and has served on the IBLCE exam writing committee. Her first love is teaching and that is exemplified by the creativity of the courses she has developed. A series of courses “The In-patient Breastfeeding Specialist,” "The Out-patient Breastfeeding Specialist” and “The NICU Breastfeeding Specialist” are all designed to advance the lactation management skills of nurses at the bedside. She regularly teaches skills to labor and delivery nurses and just recently developed the course “Towards Exclusive Breastfeeding.”

Ms. Hughes is the program director and content manager for all of the on-line Lactation Education Resources courses. Ms. Hughes was recently honored with a “lifetime achievement award” as Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA).


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