Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Saddened by a great loss in the world of breastfeeding...

I was informed just today of the heartbreaking news of the death of my colleague and friend, Sylvia R. Pager, MD, MS, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC (AAP Hawaii Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator) last week. 

She had a stroke on Thursday afternoon after testifying in support of the Paid Family Leave bill. 

Dr Pager served as the Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator for the AAP Hawaii Chapter. Dr Pager was involved in a variety of breastfeeding-related projects and initiatives. She provided legislative testimony (and lobbied) for Breastfeeding. She kept her chapter informed of national breastfeeding movements such as ‘Ban the Bags,’ which was finally implemented in Hawaii’s level 3 perinatal center (Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children). Dr Pager worked closely with her state breastfeeding coalition to organize and host a number of breastfeeding conferences statewide. In addition, Dr Pager interfaced with local Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers regarding payment for breastfeeding services supported by the Affordable Care Act.

Personally, I have lost a great friend with whom I made plans for retirement visits.  She worked with all of her being to make a difference in the lives of mothers and children near and far.

Rest in peace, my friend.