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Jamie Walker, IBCLC

Jamie Walker

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2020

Special Interests

NICU
Under/Over Supply
Back to Work

Language Spoken

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

Each of my children brought a unique set of breastfeeding challenges and rewards. I struggled with milk supply, latch difficulty, and sore nipples and never reached out for help. (Don’t be like me!!). I trudged through and met my goals each time, but breastfeeding never came easy for me. It wasn’t until I had my third child and had amazing lactation support that I realized how many of my previous issues were not a “normal” part of breastfeeding. He was my longest to breastfeed and also the reason I became an IBCLC.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

It is a true honor to be invited into such an intimate aspect of a family’s journey and I love the diversity of each interaction. I am a very goal oriented person, so I love helping people achieve their goals.

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

Hospital, NICU, outpatient, Facebook support group

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

Husband of 17 years, 3 beautiful children and our very smart white German shepherd, Waya who knows how to turn on her water spigot above her bowl, but hasn’t figured out “off” yet!

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

Hiking, kayaking, running

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

I am also a childbirth educator and CPR instructor.

What state do you reside in?

Indiana

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

After breastfeeding my third child and seeing the lack of resources and support in my community, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

My initial goal was to change the culture of my community and make breastfeeding a priority where it hadn’t been.

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

A wise midwife once counseled me to charge admission for people to see your baby. It sounds silly, but each visitor has to either bring food, or perform a household chore when visiting. In the early days of breastfeeding it is so vital to sync into baby’s sleep rhythm and not try to catch up on housework, no matter how tempting!

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