Please share anything you'd like from your own personal breastfeeding experience.
When my daughter was born and I could not breastfeed her without significant pain, I learned how challenging (physically and emotionally) breastfeeding can be. I am proud and glad that I persevered, 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, and 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.
What excites you most about being an IBCLC?
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.
In what types of settings have you supported patients in lactation?
What makes up your family (people & pets)?
My husband and our two young kids, Beatrice and Oscar!
What do you enjoy doing while not at work?
Knitting, playing with my kids outside, playing the piano, listening to true crime podcasts
Please share any additional education or certifications you have.
What state do you reside in?
When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?
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, 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.
Why did you become an IBCLC?
I want to support other parents to achieve their breastfeeding goals. Sometimes it means 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.
What do you wish you could tell every parent (that they would actually do) and why?
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.