I breastfed my four children. My fourth child had a tongue/lip tie that we had corrected via laser and laryngomalacia/tracheomalacia, which complicated breastfeeding, but I could exclusively provide breastmilk to her for two years.
I love supporting parents and being a part of their success with their personal breastfeeding goals.
Prenatal education, inpatient family birth center, level 2 nursery, postpartum, outpatient, outpatient virtual, outpatient support group via Facebook and in person
My family includes my husband Mike, four children (Keagan, Keira, Levi, and Lyla), our two dogs (Faith and Kobe), and several Nigerian Dwarf goats.
Spending time with my kids, Hobby farming: spending time with my goats, fishing, and gardening.
I’ve known for the longest time! I worked in a Family Birth Center for 13 years. I loved working as a labor and delivery nurse but felt that we never had enough time to help new parents with lactation. We never had a full-time lactation consultant until 2016, when we finally got approval for one.
I took the position as the primary RN lactation consultant and started a lactation program for our Family Birth Center. I started with my Certified Lactation Specialist certificate and succeeded in obtaining IBCLC on January 1, 2019.
I have loved helping parents succeed with their goals ever since then. I had to make the hardest decision in my life to leave the Family Birth Center in 2021 due to a lack of child care during the pandemic closures. I am so fortunate and excited to be able to join the Nest team and work from home helping parents.
I felt that our community drastically lacked support for our parents, and I wanted to be that person.
I would like to tell every parent that they are amazing and any bit of breastfeeding they can do or breastmilk they can give is better than none. New parents tend to stress and beat themselves up over small setbacks.
Sometimes the stress alone causes issues with milk supply or latch and takes away from the precious time with their new babies. I love to be a part of helping parents reach their goals while making breastfeeding a pleasant and successful experience.