Lactation Management Training: From Novice to Expert


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. She has been a private practice lactation consultant and business owner, operating her lactation center, Washington's Families First. Lactation Education Resources On-Line is her website, offering information to parents as well as training to professionals.

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 developed the recent course "Breastfeeding Success Begins in the Delivery Room".

Currently, she is the Program Director for Lactation Education Resources. Also, she works in the NICU at Inova Fairfax Hospital and the worksite support program for Inova HealthSource.

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

Vergie is available for speaking engagements and can speak on a wide range of topics from a one-hour topic to a full-day conference. Her favorite topics include the influence of hospital practices on the initiation of breastfeeding, teaching, so parents learn, cultural aspects of lactation, and Breastfeeding the Premature Infant. She is currently speaking in a series of locations on the topic of implementing the new Joint Commission standard on exclusive breastfeeding