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Cassandra Brickey

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2013

Special Interests

Under/Over Supply
Back to work
Starting Solids

Language Spoken

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

I began my career in health care as an LPN in a pediatrician's office. Because of this background, I knew how important breastfeeding was, but was unaware of how difficult such a natural process could be. When my son was born the decision to start breastfeeding was easy, the journey however was a learning experience. After a rocky start, I was determined to learn how to overcome our stumbling blocks.  

My breastfeeding journey started after an unplanned C-section and prenatal mastitis.  We worked through jaundice and taking home a Bili-light, going back to work and pumping at work, oversupply, tongue-tie, as well as all of the little transitions that happen from infancy to toddlerhood and eventually weaning.  Thorough this process  I spent a lot of time reading, learning, and working through our issues. The more I learned the more passionate I became about sharing this knowledge and supporting other families.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

The opportunity to provide information to families that can positively impact their health for a lifetime.

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

Mostly in home after hospital discharge, some outpatient clinic, and had the opportunity to do my RN senior practicum (15-12 hour shifts) at the hospital Birth Center

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

My husband David, my son Jon, a cat Nacho, and a dog Buttercup

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

I enjoy reading and fitness.  I spend most of my time homeschooling and with family.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

I have additional education in leading DBT skills group, I plan on continuing education in nutrition

What state do you reside in?

Virginia

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

I meet a Lactation Consultant in my LPN clinicals and was inspired by what she did for families.  I really did not know what an IBCLC was until after I had my son and needed to rent a breast pump when returning back to work.  I met a local IBCLC and realized that I could make a career out of the passion I had for breastfeeding and sharing the knowledge I had gained during my experience.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

To help other families and share my knowledge and personal experience. 

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

Take a prenatal breastfeeding class! It provides the opportunity to learn about the "normals" of breastfeeding and often prevents unnecessary worry. It also provides a contact with a professional who can point you in the right direction if you have questions or concerns.

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