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Jeni Leaird


Year of Certification


Special Interests

Under/Over Supply
Special Needs/Weight Challenges
Oral Functions (Tongue/Lip Ties)

Language Spoken


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

I remember being 7 years old and my babysitter sitting down to breastfeed her new baby. I thought that what she was doing was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen.  I didn't think about that moment until the day I learned I was pregnant with my first child. It is my pleasure to help others have a good experience with their baby.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

Watching a mother breastfeed her baby with total comfort and love. 

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

I am a retired La Leche League Leader. I worked as a WIC peer counselor and later lactation consultant for WIC. This has given me a great deal of experience as an outpatient LC. Most recently, I worked as an inpatient LC with experience in labor and delivery/postpartum/NICU.  


What makes up your family (people & pets)?

We are a family of six. I have raised three wonderful young men and a fantastic daughter.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

I enjoy reading mysteries.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

I have completed my Master's in Public Health. 

What state do you reside in?


When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

My oldest was 18 months old, and I was helping a friend who had a new baby. She noted that everything I was saying was what her lactation consultant was recommending and that I should consider changing my career. 

Why did you become an IBCLC?

I knew I wanted to breastfeed my baby when I was pregnant with the first of my four children. What I experienced was a lot of misinformation, making it difficult to breastfeed successfully. I became a lactation consultant to ensure other mothers didn't experience poor information when making decisions for their families. I believe that every woman deserves advice that is evidence-based, and I will do my best to provide the guidance that allows a family to reach their personal goal. 

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

As a new parent, you will get lots of advice from lots of people. My advice is to use what works best for you and forget the rest.