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Certified Lactation Educator

Chase County Community Hospital would like to welcome Kay Younger to our staff. She will providing services to our obstetrical patients as a Certified Lactation Educator.  Kay will be available to teach, educate and support obstetrical patients throughout their pregnancy and post-partum. Kay's services will assist women to successfully breastfeed and nourish their infant with confidence and pride.

Kay is the wife of Dr. David Younger of Chase County Hospital and is a Certified Lactation Educator.  She received her certification in 1992 through the UCLA program with Kittie Franz, RN, CPNC-PC.  Kay was privileged to do her preceptorship with Marianne Neifert, MD, MTS FAAP (aka Dr. Mom) and Joy Seacat, PhD, PA, RN of The Lactation Program in Denver.  The program was formed by these two strong breastfeeding advocates and experienced nursing mothers who were being contacted by moms seeking help with lactation difficulties.  It provides breastfeeding clinical services, education and research as well as provides a milk bank.

Kay breastfed her four children, but she became particularly interested in seeking out lactation education after, upon weening her second child, she discovered the baby had a severe milk allergy.  There was no one in the eastern Colorado region available to help with re-lactation--it being extremely rare for a baby to be allergic to their mother's breastmilk.  Subsequently, Kay formed a local La Leche League and eventually she was asked by the local hospital to seek certification as a Lactation Educator.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.  To help promote these AAP recommendations, Kay has 3 sessions with the obstetrical patient; the first to discuss the benefits of breastfeeding vs. formula feeding.  The second session discusses the birth of the child and what moms can do to help be successful with their initial nursing experience.  The third session takes place 5 days after delivery.  This is to recheck breastfeeding, detecting any problems, as well as to discuss how to be successful with nursing long term.  This service is offered free of charge with mothers who are planning to have their babies at Chase County Community Hospital.  This services is available to all mothers and soon to be mothers in the area for $75 no matter where you deliver.  Please call Jamie at 882-7256 to make an appointment with Kay and help make your breastfeeding experience a positive one for both you and your baby.

Kay also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree.