BERLIN — Natalie Valliere, a registered nurse at Valley Birthplace at Androscoggin Valley Hospital, has successfully passed both the didactic and practical section of the certified lactation counselor examination.
Valliere has earned the initials CLC. This credential signifies that she has demonstrated the necessary skills, knowledge and competencies to provide breastfeeding counseling and management support to families who are thinking about breastfeeding or who have questions or problems during the course of breastfeeding/lactation.
CLCs are dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation in their work to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems. CLCs understand that breastfeeding works best when it’s the cultural norm and when the provider of lactation support services is culturally competent.
Research has shown that the education required of CLCs prior to certification is associated with improved breastfeeding outcomes.
There are currently over 23,000 CLCs in the United States. Valliere participated in a five-day class in Portsmouth.