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Katherine Cohen

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2019

Special Interests

Under/Over Supply
Back to Work
Starting Solids

Language Spoken

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

I have personal experience with a variety of breastfeeding challenges, including breastfeeding after induction and emergency c-section, pre-eclampsia, low milk supply, PCOS, neonatal jaundice, supplementing, prolonged maternal separation from baby due to postpartum complications and hospital readmissions, autonomic dysfunction, postpartum depression, postpartum PTSD, tongue/lip tie, plugged milk ducts, breast refusal, artificial nipple preference, returning to work, and exclusive pumping.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

I love that I get to play a role in supporting families during such an important time in their lives. I am passionate about relationship-based care, and I enjoy supporting families throughout their entire infant feeding journeys from prenatal to weaning. Nothing makes me happier than when a parent tells me that I made a difference to them and their baby!

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

Outpatient clinic, hospital, public health, and home visiting

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

My husband, daughter, and dog. I am also an identical twin!

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

Swimming, cooking, biking, and enjoying the sunshine

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

BSN, Registered Nurse

What state do you reside in?

Arizona

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

I initially began pursuing my certification while still in nursing school, but I finally took the plunge to sit for the exam and become an IBCLC after experiencing my own bumpy breastfeeding journey firsthand and realizing how difficult it was to find compassionate, trauma-informed, judgement-free lactation support.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

It is my personal mission to make breastfeeding support available, affordable, and accessible to all families, so that everyone has access to the quality of lactation support that I wish I had as a new mom.

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

The first few days and weeks with a newborn can be challenging, but it does get easier. Don't give up on your goals, and please reach out for help if you need it! It's never too late!

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