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.
The opportunity to provide information to families that can positively impact their health for a lifetime.
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
My husband David, my son Jon, a cat Nacho, and a dog Buttercup
I enjoy reading and fitness. I spend most of my time homeschooling and with family.
I have additional education in leading DBT skills group, I plan on continuing education in nutrition
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.
To help other families and share my knowledge and personal experience.
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.