When my daughter was born, I could not breastfeed her without significant pain. It taught me how challenging (physically and emotionally) breastfeeding can be. I am proud and glad that I persevered, but with a lot of help and support.
My second baby also was tongue-tied, but my previous experience made our breastfeeding relationship easier (not easy, but easier!). It was eye-opening. Although I have worked in the field of women's health for the majority of my professional life, I learned exactly how much expert breastfeeding help means for parents who are just starting out.
I love being able to offer parents evidence-based information, reassurance, and guidance as they work to overcome challenges that arise. New parenthood is a tender time in our lives, and in our culture we don't always have the support we may need. I am excited to be part of the team.
Knitting, playing with my kids outside, playing the piano, listening to true crime podcasts
After my daughter was born in 2019, I struggled with her painful latch for months. During this time, we had visits with several different IBCLCs; I took her to craniosacral therapy, a pediatric dentist, a chiropractor, and a speech/feeding therapist.
I was tremendously grateful for the resources I was able to access, and I became certain that I wanted to follow this new career path--a path that is related to my previous profession (nurse-midwifery) but with special expertise in breastfeeding.
I want to support other parents in achieving their breastfeeding goals. Sometimes it can mean our goals must be modified--I know how important it is, and I truly understand the value of having support and care throughout the breastfeeding journey.
Be gentle with yourself. Reach out for help. You are doing an amazing job. Believe this: you are exactly the parent your baby needs. Breastfeeding is sometimes hard and perhaps doesn't look the way you imagined it would look, but you aren't alone, and we can help you work through the challenges that arise.