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Karen Wolak


Year of Certification


Special Interests

Under / Over Supply, Back to Work
Toddler / Tandem Nursing

Language Spoken


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

I have 5 years of multifaceted breastfeeding experience between my two children. I have had low supply, supplemented, breastfed exclusively, milk shared and received, stayed home, returned to work, struggled, succeeded, and learned a lot on our journeys.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

I live for helping families get answers to their lactation and feeding questions. I love watching people learn about their bodies and their sweet babies.

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

Hospital Inpatient, Outpatient clinics, Special Care Nursery, NICU, Public Health Department, home visits, health fairs (while walking downtown, shopping at the farmer's market, everywhere!)

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

My family is little and sweet and we adore our silly pet salamander.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

I can be found in the kitchen making up dinner recipes or baking sweet treats, and playing video games with my family.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.


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When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

I knew I wanted to pursue my IBCLC through the help and care from my own IBCLC! I loved helping other parents at the support group, working through struggles that we had in common. I needed to know all about breastfeeding, inside and out.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

I became an IBCLC to educate, empower, and encourage families to learn more about their bodies and their babies and to be a bridge of lost ancestral breastfeeding knowledge.

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

Take a Prenatal Breastfeeding class! You'll be able to learn some basic info and skills for confident success. The more you know before baby arrives, the easier it will be to master those skills.