Mona Liza Hamlin, MSN, RN, IBCLC, has been named nurse manager for Parent Education and Lactation Services in the Women and Children’s Service Line.
She joins Christiana Care Health System coming from Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, where she began building the hospital’s parent education and lactation services program in 2010. She is an international board-certified lactation counselor and managed two programs worth approximately $250,000 in grant funding from state and national agencies while in her leadership role at Nemours. Prior to that she was a neonatal intensive care unit registered nurse.
As the lactation support program manager at Nemours, Hamlin was instrumental in the development of the hospital’s lactation-support program, utilizing evidence-based best practice. She assisted with updating enterprise-wide policies regarding human lactation support practices. She provided lactation services for inpatient and outpatient breastfeeding, managing three outpatient lactation clinics in the Nemours Delaware service area. She performed community awareness and outreach activities focused on breastfeeding and collaborated with Nemours Health Prevention Services Early Feeding Team for enterprise and statewide breastfeeding support and promotion. Hamlin has an interest in advocacy and policy, and is currently serving as chair elect to the United States Breastfeeding Committee.
Hamlin was a Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium 2017 Kitty Esterly Health Equity Award recipient for her work in providing access to breastfeeding support to African-American mothers throughout the city of Wilmington. As a Center for Social Inclusion First Food Equity Cohort member, Hamlin has provided health equity trainings nationally.
Hamlin has many professional presentations to her credit, including the following in 2016: “Supporting the Breastfeeding Dyad through Complex Cases”; “Seeking First Food Justice: Applying an Equity Lens to the BFHI”; “Pursuing Cultural Competency”; “GEM Project Journey”; and “Addressing Barriers.”
She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing and her Master of Science in nursing from Western Governors University. Her fundamental belief is that equitable access and high-quality care must be afforded to all families at all times.