Posted by: Barry | January 25, 2011

In the News: ABLE’s new lactation specialist

The Williamson Daily News published a nice article on Thursday about Emma Sue Pack, our in-home family educator, receiving certification as a Lactation Specialist.  Here’s the text of the article, which appeared on page 1:

ABLE Families introduces expert breastfeeding support for local moms

KERMIT —  New mothers in the region have a helpful new resource available to them.  Emma Sue Pack, an in-home family educator with ABLE Families’ Maternal Infant Home Outreach Worker (MIHOW) program, recently achieved Lactation Specialist certification. 

The certification qualifies Pack to guide and teach new moms in breastfeeding techniques and to prevent and recognize problems.  She will also be able to recognize more quickly when a problem is significant enough to need a doctor’s care and when it’s not.  She is also qualified to teach breastfeeding classes and lead support groups.

“Being a new mother is wonderful, but it can be hard, too.  I’m looking forward to helping moms have the best experience they can with their new babies,” Pack said.

The certification involved participation in an intense 45-hour training course in Charleston and passing a thorough exam at the end.  The training included topics like infant behavior, physiology of milk production, problems that breastfeeding mothers commonly encounter, psychological issues, ethical issues, and much more.

“Emma Sue is going to be a wonderful support to new moms at an important and challenging moment of their lives,” said Barry Hudock, ABLE Families’ executive director.  “We’re proud of what she has achieved and what she’ll be able to offer the community.”

ABLE Families’ MIHOW program serves about 100 families Mingo and Lincoln Counties.  In-home family educators make monthly visits, offering parents support and information about issues like prenatal health, child development, parenting skills, nutrition, and more. 

The program is open to pregnant women and mothers of children up to three years old.  It is offered at no cost to any family, regardless of income level. 

Funding for the program comes from the WV Department of Health and Human Resources, the Logan Healthcare Foundation, and individual donations.


  1. What a wonderful resource for this area. Congratulations and thank you for pursuing this!

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