hello world!

Claudia Gernand


Year of Certification


Special Interests

Prenatal Breastfeeding Education,
Newborn Care at home and at NICU,
tandem nursing,
breastfeeding a toddler.

Language Spoken

English and Spanish

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

Breastfeeding my first baby was the hardest out of my three children. He wouldn't latch and I had to pump exclusively for him for the first two weeks of his life, and I was so exhausted recovering from a c-section and having to pump all the time. With good support, I didn't give up and my baby finally latched. I was so happy because all the education I had received prenatally helped me stay strong in my determination to breastfeed... even at my lowest moments, I knew breast milk was the best for him and I wanted to continue trying. Breastfeeding came to be the best thing I did for my baby Zackary. We enjoyed it so much that he breastfed for 5 years!!! I still treasure those memories!

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

I've seen the difference breastfeeding makes in babies' lives and how empowered moms feel after successfully breastfeeding their babies.

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

Hospital, outpatient, and patients' private homes.

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

My husband Stephen and three handsome teenage sons Zackary, Ethan and Mark.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

Volunteer work and gardening.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

Bachelors in Business Administration.

What state do you reside in?


When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

After breastfeeding my first son.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

I really wanted to help other families breastfeed their babies and see how precious the experience can be.

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

Enjoy your baby! Children grow up too fast. Latch, hold and wear your baby as much as possible, this will tell your body my baby is here! I need more milk!