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Aracelis Pisano

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2019

Special Interests

Under/Over Supply
Special Needs/Weight Challenges
Oral Functions (Tongue/Lip Ties)

Language Spoken

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

I struggled to nurse my first son and completely dried up due to bad advice and a lack of support. After seeing an IBCLC, I managed to get my supply back and learned to stop relying on a nipple shield. I went on to successfully nurse him for 4 years. My second son latched right away but I knew something was off because he caused me intense nipple damage. I had all the symptoms of a tongue tied baby but several pediatricians told me that he had no ties at all. Remembering all my training (I was already an IBCLC) I decided to take him to a specialist who immediately diagnosed and corrected both tongue and lip ties. With proper bodywork and exercises, he learned to latch well and my pain subsided. We are currently 17 months into our breastfeeding journey. Both children presented challenges and both struggled to gain weight their first few weeks of life, but with the right support, we made it.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

I love meeting new families and developing a plan with them to achieve their goals. It's so rewarding to see parents feel empowered with the right support.

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

Hospital, outpatient, virtual

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

My husband Josh, my two boys Aiden and Asher, and my 100 pound fur-baby Harbor

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, reading, baking and shopping

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

CLC accredited by ALPP, 2016, 2019
La Leche League Leader, 2016
BLS, 2019, 2022

What state do you reside in?

New York

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

The moment an IBCLC helped my first son latch successfully almost 8 years ago. She changed my life and made me realize I wanted to do the same for others.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

There are so many parents who struggle to provide breastmilk for their babies (pumping or feeding directly at the breast/chest) and they do not always have the support they need to find a successful path towards their goals. In 2014, an IBCLC changed my life and helped me reach my breastfeeding goals right when I was about to give up. I will never forget that feeling of the first time my son properly latched onto my breast with the help of my IBCLC. I knew right then and there that I wanted to be able to provide that same feeling to other parents struggling. Parents are presented with so many challenges and often feel insecure. I like to help people know that breast/chest feeding doesn't have to be one of those challenges. I love working with families and developing personalized plans to reach their goals.

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

Don't give up on your worst day. Parenting is hard. Breastfeeding can be hard too. Give yourself some grace and allow yourself to feel your feelings. Sleep on it and try again tomorrow. We're all just doing our best.

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