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It’s a new year, time for new beginnings

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Time to plan for what your intentions are for 2014.  What are your dreams?  You have been thinking about it for a long time - Is it finally time to step up and become an IBCLC?  Is it time to look for that ideal Lactation Consultant job?   A job that will challenge you or a job that will give you experience in an aspect of lactation consulting that you haven’t tried yet.  Maybe it is time to return to school for your RN or advanced degree credential.  Maybe you are ready to hang out your own shingle and start a private practice.

We all need to move forward.  They say, “if you are not moving forward, you are moving backward”.  It is easy to do the same thing day after day, in a groove that is comfortable to you.  Let’s move out of our comfort zone this year and move forward.

They also say put your intentions “out there” and they will be realized.  So put your goals out there by telling friends and family, write a note to put on your mirror or make a picture of yourself in your new work setting.  Join an organization or online community that will help you get closer to your dreams through volunteering or helping you to build skills.  Get involved in your local ILCA chapter or US Breastfeeding Coalition Directory.  Meet the movers and shakers in your area.  Just see what happens in 2014!

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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