Kathleen Moren, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Providence, Rhode Island
Nominated in the Lactation Consultant Category, Kathy has a career-long history of supporting breastfeeding. An IBCLC in private practice for 11 years, Kathy is the past Chair of the Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition (RIBC) and received the RIBC Crème de la Crème award and the Rhode Island Birth Network Award for Extraordinary Service. In 2010, she started a WIC pump program that provides hospital grade pumps to exclusively breastfeeding moms returning to work or school. This year she was appointed to the Rhode Island Governors Healthcare Reform Commission and is working to incorporate the lactation support required by the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 into Rhode Island Healthcare, as well as obtain licensing for IBCLCs in Rhode Island so that they can be reimbursed by insurance for their services. Through a federal grant she secured to distribute “The Business Case for Breastfeeding Toolkit” to employers, she partnered with the University of Rhode Island-ADVANCE Program to showcase their lactation program to other universities as a model of excellence in workplace breastfeeding support.
“My mission is to help mothers achieve success in their breastfeeding goals by providing them with the information and assistance they need to be confident in their ability to breastfeed and care for their children,” said Kathy Moren, RN, BSN, IBCLC. “I am honored to accept this recognition from my peers and intend to use the award to continue to help ensure access to breastfeeding support is available to all who need it.”
An excerpt from the letter of support from nominator Julie Taylor, MD:
“Kathy is a very talented breastfeeding clinician, teacher and academic who has worked tirelessly to improve the health of countless mothers and infants in Rhode Island as a clinician, educator and advocate. She has also made significant contributions to the medical education of the next generation of physicians. A leading advocate for breastfeeding in Rhode Island for close to a decade, she has positively influenced the lives of breastfeeding mothers in many ways. She has worked tirelessly to fight for access to breastfeeding support and equipment for mothers that need it. Kathy is the first author of a statement-in-development for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) entitled 'Breastfeeding Support for Working Mothers.' This statement will be showcased at ABM’s upcoming Annual International Meeting in Miami this November. She has also co-authored an article regarding state-wide support for physician-mothers who are breastfeeding that will be published this fall in Medicine & Health Rhode Island. Kathy is hopeful that her advocacy efforts on the state level will make lactation support a covered insurance benefit that provides all Rhode Island mothers with access to this important care. Most importantly, on a daily basis, Kathy is able to work with breastfeeding mothers to get them off to a good start breastfeeding, address any concerns that arise and instill confidence in them and their ability to breastfeed their babies."