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Lindsey Dente

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2017

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 had been an IBCLC for almost five years before my son was born. I felt so prepared and confident that I'd be able to handle any challenge that came our way. After he was born, I couldn't have been more grateful for all of my experience. We had almost every struggle in the book! From nipple damage to reflux to low supply, I got to personally experience so many of the things I'd been helping my clients with for years. Now I feel like our breastfeeding journey is a testament to what can be accomplished when families get the right support and information as quickly as possible. 

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

I love helping babies be as healthy as possible, especially knowing that the benefits stay with them for the rest of their lives. I also love supporting parents through one of the most challenging and rewarding life transitions they'll ever have. I don't think I can pick which I care about more!

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

hospital, NICU, breastfeeding support groups, in-home consultations

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

My husband and I have one son, two cats, two goats, and three chickens.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

I spend most of my time with my son and my animals. When I get a free moment, I love knitting and gardening.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

I'm also a Registered Nurse and an Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class Instructor

What state do you reside in?

Massachusetts

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

Working as a labor and delivery and postpartum nurse, I loved so many different aspects of the job. I realized that I especially enjoyed working with the babies- learning their body language, how to interpret their needs, and how to problem solve breastfeeding difficulties became special interests of mine. That's when I decided to become an IBCLC!

Why did you become an IBCLC?

When I realized how little lactation support is available to families and how challenging it can be to provide a baby with human milk, I knew this was a niche of healthcare I wanted to be involved in. Getting my IBCLC was the best way to do so.

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

Every phase of parenthood is temporary. We cherish some of them and wish others would pass faster. It's hard to remember that nothing lasts forever in the moment, but it's true!

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