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I remember babysitting my younger cousins every summer when I was in high school.  Every year my aunt would be sitting on the couch breastfeeding the newest baby while I watched the rest of the kids.  It seemed so natural and easy.  She could direct the play and work of the rest of us from her seat.

When I had my own baby my mother, always the practical one, said “that’s what they’re there for”.   And she helped me through those first weeks when the formula discharge bag was sitting there so handy.  So I went on to breastfeed each of my children for several years.

Years later, when I returned to work as a pediatric nurse, I was always assigned to the babies on the unit, especially the breastfeeding babies.  I wasn’t afraid to care for them as many of the younger nurses without children were.   And some I could actually help.  I transferred to the Milk Bank and then my interest in everything to do with lactation, breastmilk and breastfeeding really took off.  I took the IBLCE certification exam in 1985, the first year it was available, and have been working in the field (devotedly) ever since.

Vergie Hughes RN MS IBCLC FILCA

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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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