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Brandi Duffy

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2019

Special Interests

Back to Work
Oral Functions (Tongue/Lip Ties)
Toddler/Tandem Nursing

Language Spoken

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

I breastfed my 4 children. My 4th child had a tongue/lip tie that we had corrected via laser and laryngomalacia/tracheomalacia, which complicated breastfeeding, but I was able to exclusively provide breastmilk for two years to her.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

I love being a part of supporting parents in succeeding with their personal breastfeeding goals.

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

Prenatal education, inpatient family birth center, level 2 nursery, postpartum, outpatient, outpatient virtual, outpatient support group via Facebook and in person

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

Myself, my husband: Mike, my 4 children: Keagan, Keira, Levi, Lyla, two dogs: Faith and Kobe, and several Nigerian Dwarf goats.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

Spending time with my kids, Hobby farming: spending time with my goats, fishing, and gardening.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

Registered Nurse

What state do you reside in?

Illinois

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

For the longest time! I had 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 succeeded in getting 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 love helping parents succeed with their goals ever since. I had to make the hardest decision in my life to leave the Family Birth Center in 2021 due to lack of child care due the pandemic closures. I am so fortunate and excited to be able to join the Nest team and work from home helping parents.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

I felt like our community was drastically lacking support for our parents and I wanted to be that person.

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

I would like to tell every parent that they are amazing and any bit of breastfeeding they can do is or breastmilk they can give is better than none. New parents tend to stress so much and beat themselves up over small set-backs. 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.

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