MUSC Women’s Pavilion earns international award

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recently recognized MUSC Health Florence Women’s Pavilion for excellence in lactation care. 

MUSC Health Florence Women’s Pavilion has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition of staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification and provide a lactation program for breastfeeding families. In addition, the facility demonstrated that it has recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

The MUSC Health Florence Women’s Pavilion is one of only six facilities in South Carolina and the only one in the Pee Dee area to be named by the IBCLC. 

“Giving excellent patient care is the driving force of what I do. It is my honor to be able to support families in their feeding journey with their new bundle of joy,” said Lela Gregg, MUSC Health Florence Women’s Pavilion Lactation Specialist. 

IBCLCs focus on preventive care and make services available during pregnancy to assess and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping families overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and continuing to support them as their baby grows. They assist families returning to work or school, help families in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby or nursing a sick or premature infant, and help train nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care. 

“Lela is very deserving of this prestigious recognition,” said Catherine Godwin, MSN, BSN, RN, MUSC Health Florence Director of Women’s Services. “Lactation is both her calling and her passion. Her dedication to patients and her craft surpasses our expectations”.

The MUSC Health Florence Women’s Pavilion has been named a 2022-2023 Best Hospital for Maternity Care by U.S. News & World Report and is also Baby-Friendly and Safe Sleep Certified. For more information about prenatal education programs, call (843) 674-5000, or visit

Author: Stephan Drew

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