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.
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.
We are a former military family and my husband of 17 years and I have been married since 2004. We endured 2 deployments, lived 4 years in Germany, and have 3 wonderful children that make us laugh every day. We have a 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!
I am also a childbirth educator and CPR instructor.
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.
My initial goal was to change the culture of my community and make breastfeeding a priority where it hadn’t been.
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!