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Michelle Snyder

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2002

Special Interests

NICU
Special Needs/Weight Challenges
Starting Solids

Language Spoken

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

I breastfed all 4 of my children for well over a year until they self weaned. My youngest continued to nurse for over 3 years.  Overall, breastfeeding was an enjoyable experience for me but that doesn't mean it was always easy.  I was a lactation specialist years before having my own children but that didn't prevent me from having difficulty. I had a postpartum hemorrhage with my first child and was in ICU for 5 days.  My third pregnancy was high risk and resulted in a NICU stay. 

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

I love being able to empower new moms during such an important time in their lives. Being the person who has helped get a baby latched for the first time or seeing a baby that has been too sick or has struggled finally get it and seeing the sheer joy on mom's face is priceless. Being a part of this special connection between mom and baby is absolutely amazing. 

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

Postpartum, Labor&Delivery, NICU, outpatient, Children's hospital specialty clinics

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

My family includes my husband Sean, our 4 boys Nick, Noah, Nate and Nevin, our 4 chickens (Basil, Chamomile, Lemon and Sage) and a crested gecko named Speckles.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

Spending time with my family, exercising and home projects

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

Pediatric Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist , MS in Nutritional Sciences, emphasis in Maternal and Child Health.

What state do you reside in?

California

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

I knew very early on that I wanted a career working with infants and children. As an undergraduate, I became a lactation educator which provided me several opportunities for internships and special studies in the field that I loved. 

Why did you become an IBCLC?

Once I became an RD and was working in NICU, my passion to help moms on their breastfeeding journey just continued to grow. IBCLC is the highest credential for those who specialize in lactation.  I wanted to be sure to have the greatest evidence-based knowledge and experience possible in order to help my patients achieve the best outcomes. 

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

Don't compare you and your baby to anyone else! Your breastfeeding journey is yours and it is different for everyone.

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