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Julie Tower

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2016

Special Interests

Back to Work
Oral Functions (Tongue/Lip Ties)
Starting Solids

Language Spoken

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

I breastfed all 3 of my children until the age of 1. All 3 babies had oral restrictions, I learned A LOT navigating breastfeeding and getting the help we needed. I also experienced low supply with my first and oversupply with my second. Lots of challenges! I returned to work with all 3 babies, and spent many hours pumping on my work breaks :)

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

Helping mothers meet their feeding goals, empowering mothers to feed their baby confidently, supporting mothers and babies by giving them the tools and resources that can make their journey a happier one.

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

Hospital, NICU, outpatient, support groups

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

Married with 3 children and a family dog - a Vizsla named Violet.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

Long distance running and any form of exercise, reading, spectating my kids' sports. I have a strong faith and serve in ministry at my church.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

RN, BSN

What state do you reside in?

Connecticut

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

I had been a nurse for 10 years, working at a children's hospital. After the birth of my third baby, I knew I wanted to become an IBCLC. I started the pathway to become certified when she was just a year old.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

After experiencing breastfeeding difficulties with my third baby, I became more aware of the gaps mothers sometimes face with postpartum care, specifically with breastfeeding help and support. It inspired me to pursue a career in lactation to help those mamas and babies who struggle, just like I struggled. My goal is to provide a safe, kind, nurturing environment to help mothers overcome the challenges that sometimes come along with feeding their baby(s).

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

How you feed your baby doesn't identify who you are as a mother. Your baby will remember the love, care, and safety you provide for them, not how they were fed! This is ultimately what matters most. Be present with your little one and take one feeding at a time. Try to find joy in the journey and if you find it difficult, I'm here to help you the best I can.

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