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Holly Johnson

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2021

Special Interests

Special Needs/Weight Challenges
Oral Functions (Tongue/Lip Ties)
Toddler/Tandem Nursing

Language Spoken

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

When I had my first daughter I had very little support. Many challenges were thrown my way, and I overcame them with the support of my husband and self education. I continued to breastfeed my first daughter until she self weaned at 26 months when I gave birth to my second daughter. I continue to nurse my second daughter (currently 5) and my youngest who is a year old. All my children breastfeed until they self wean.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

Seeing the families I work with reach their feeding goals and feeling overjoyed with their accomplishments.

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

Hospital, outpatient, private practice

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

My husband and I have been married for 10 years.
We have 3 daughters (7, 5, 1) and a farm full of animals;
Dogs- Milo, Benelli, and Gus
Cats- Kit Kat and Reese Cup
Horses- Rosie and Red
Yak- Penny
Pygora Goats- Poppy and Fancy
15 chickens

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

I enjoy spending time with my family on our farm, gardening, sewing and spinning yarn.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

Bachelors if Science in Human Lactation and Maternal Child Health
Certified Birth Doula

What state do you reside in?

Colorado

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

When I struggled to feed my first daughter. I knew in my heart she needed to be breastfed, but I didn’t know how, and I was struggling. This was a turning point for me, and I knew I wanted to help others who were in similar situations.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

I believe everyone has the right to education and support to feed their babies how they wish. I became an IBCLC to help families receive evidence based care and support through their breastfeeding journey.

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

There are so many ups and downs as a new parent. Take a deep breath and give yourself grace. Find people who love and support you along the way. Soak up all the joys of parenting, because although the nights are long, this stage of life goes fast.

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