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Erika Dudley

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2021

Special Interests

Under/Over Supply
Back to Work
Weaning

Language Spoken

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

I maneuvered through slow weight gain, use of and transition from a nipple shield, lip and tongue ties issues and maintaining my supply after returning to work at 7 weeks PP all without the guidance and support of an IBCLC. Had I known about and invested in one sooner the start of my journey could have been much more manageable.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

The opportunity to leave a ripple effect in a families health by providing hope and guidance along their journey.

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

Hospital, outpatient, virtual

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

My partner and son

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

Hang out with my Little, listen to podcasts

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

CBS-Certified Breastfeeding Specialist

What state do you reside in?

Indiana

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

Labor Day weekend 2018 after my sister saw how I lit up when talking about breastfeeding.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

To be the change I wanted to see in this field, to be an available option for those who prefer a provider that looks like them, to inspire others to choose it for a career path and to be a judgment free zone for parents who choose to provide their milk to their littles.

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

Breastfeeding is not transactional. It's an investment.

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