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Maria Itani

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2019

Special Interests

Twins/Multiples
Under/Over Supply
Back to Work

Language Spoken

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

I breastfed my own twins for 2 years!

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

Being able to help families with their breastfeeding journey!

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

Hospital, NICU, and outpatient

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

I live with my husband, and my two toddler girls.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

Coffee, hiking, beach days, and spending time with all my family!

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

Bachelors of Science in Biology/Medicine

What state do you reside in?

California

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

When I realized how low the breastfeeding rates were when working in the public health sector and the lack of evidence based information available to new mothers/parents.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

I wanted to physically help mothers and babies breastfeed one family at a time!

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

Hand expression! It is such an important technique to learn and so simple/convenient.

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