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Amy Blum

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2015

Special Interests

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Oral Functions (Tongue/Lip Ties)
Weaning

Language Spoken

English
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Please share anything you'd like from your own personal breastfeeding experience.

I nursed all 5 of my kids from 1 to 2 1/2 years. I nursed all through my last pregnancy and tandem fed for a short time.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

Reaching the goals set by my clients, no matter what that goal may be

In what types of settings have you supported patients in lactation?

Prenatal, hospital, NICU, pediatric hospital admissions, outpatients, support groups, toddler and weaning

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

I have 5 kids, who's ages range from 4 to 21. The 4 oldest are boys and my youngest is a girl. We have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 3 frogs. Busy house!

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

I love reading, crafting, sewing, and being outdoors.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

I am an RN with certifications in EFM, ACLS and NRP

What state do you reside in?

Iowa

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

When I was pregnant with my first son I read everything I could get my hands on about what was happening with my body and my baby. I loved breastfeeding and was amazed at how our bodies continue to support our babies. I had some troubles about 6 months in and went to see a lactation consultant who inspired me to follow in her footsteps. 

Why did you become an IBCLC?

I love to be there at the huge life moments of birth and breastfeeding. I love to be the support that people need at their most vulnerable moments and help them see the beauty in the process. 

What do you wish you could tell every parent (that they would actually do) and why?

Respond to your baby the way you feel comfortable. Don't worry about spoiling them or holding  them too much

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