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Michelle Reitz

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2014

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 breastfed and pumped for both of my babies. Although there were some challenges, my experience strengthened my passion for breastfeeding and for helping other families.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

Empowering parents by giving them knowledge and support to help them reach their goals.

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

Hospital, outpatient, NICU, in-home, virtual, breastfeeding support groups, and prenatal education classes. 

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

My husband and I have two daughters and two dogs.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

Spending time with family and friends, being on or in the lake

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

I am also a registered nurse

What state do you reside in?

Minnesota

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

I knew I wanted to become an IBCLC soon after working in the family birth center and having my first baby.  By that time, many of my colleagues thought that I was already an IBCLC!  I saw how grateful parents were of my education and support, and how much I loved helping them.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

I became an IBCLC to give families the best start and support for breastfeeding that I can!  I believe parents deserve accurate information, a personalized, caring approach, so they can decide what is right for their family.

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

Never underestimate the power of your love, comfort, snuggles (and skin to skin) time.  That is what your baby needs the most!  Take time to slow down, maybe taking a break, and enjoy  your baby.  Once you take time to connect, then it is easier for other things to fall into place.

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