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Jeni Leaird

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2002

Special Interests

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

Language Spoken

English
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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 6. I have raised 3 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?

Fl

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

My oldest was 18 months old and a friend had a new baby. I was helping her and 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 successfully breastfeed. I became a lactation consultant to assure other mothers don't experience poor information when making decisions for their families. I believe that every woman deserves advice that is evidence based and will do my best to provide the guidance that allows a family to reach their own 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. 

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