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Kathleen Crispens

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2020

Special Interests

NICU
Back to work
Toddler/Tandem Nursing

Language Spoken

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

I suffered from PPD after my oldest was born, and was unaware that treatment options were out there that would allow me to continue to nurse my baby. Because of that experience, I am a strong advocate for maternal mental health and educating patients about how taking care of themselves can assist with meeting breastfeeding goals.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

Seeing patients meet their goals and overcome nursing challenges.

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

Hospital, NICU, outpatient, WIC

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

I'm married with 2 boys. I also am the proud fur mom to two rescued mastiffs, Roux and Mavis.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

I love to read anytime I can find a minute. In the summer I can be found in my pool floating around with my kindle. 

I also volunteer with Southern States Mastiff Rescue where our mastiffs have all come from. I have been with them for 15+ years.

I also very much enjoy working out and do yoga most days.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

B.S. Sociology

What state do you reside in?

Virginia

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

While nursing my second child, I discovered when I was able to help friends overcome a breastfeeding challenge or answer a question they had, it gave me so much joy! I then began doing research  as to how I could pursue IBCLC certification.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

I became an IBCLC because I discovered that breastfeeding was really my passion. Being able to have even a small part in empowering a patient to nurse their baby gives me a strong sense of purpose. Giving patients the knowledge and confidence to give their babies the gift of a strong, healthy start, makes me feel like I am having a positive impact on the world around me.

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

I would absolutely tell every parent to take a prenatal breastfeeding class! Having the knowledge of what they can expect the first few weeks of life relating to feeding can be so impactful and confidence giving to a parent.

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