Lactation Management Training: From Novice to Expert

Vergie Hughes RN MS IBCLC FILCA

Vergie Hughes 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 an 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, developed the National Capitol Lactation Center, and The one-week Lactation Consultant Training Program. This course has trained over 3,000 Lactation Consultants since its inception.

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.

Ms. Hughes was honored with a "lifetime achievement award" being named a Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association.

 

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