Each of my children brought a unique set of breastfeeding challenges and rewards. I struggled with milk supply, latch difficulty, and sore nipples but never reached out for help. Don’t be like me!!
I trudged through all the problems 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.
My third child 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.
Hospital, NICU, outpatient, Facebook support group
My family is my husband of 17 years, our three 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!
Hiking, kayaking, running
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 with your baby’s sleep rhythm and not try to catch up on housework, no matter how tempting!