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Sally Saleh Kia

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2018

Special Interests

NICU
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Starting Solids

Language Spoken

English, Spanish, Arabic
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What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

Supporting parents to meet their goals as they learn how to manage their lactation and infant feeding journeys is truly my passion. I believe that parents should have evidence-based information to make informed decisions while being supported respectfully and compassionately. My favorite part of a consult is when parents take the information we've discussed and apply it as real life situations arise.

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

I have eight years of experience supporting families at WIC, hospitals, outpatient clinics, worksites, and community support groups. Aside from working in these units in community hospitals, I specialized in the NICU, PICU and Pediatrics unit at a children’s hospital for two years supporting the lactation needs of critical care infants and their parents. Along with supporting families directly, I have worked in the public health sector to improve breastfeeding support on a systems level by improving breastfeeding support among various providers and organizations.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I'm a big foodie and enjoy trying new restaurants. I also enjoy traveling, cooking, yoga, reading and hiking.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Master Certified Health Education Specialist and currently in a Holistic Infant Sleep program, focused on gentle baby led sleep support to parents.

What state do you reside in?

California

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

I come from a big Lebanese family with lots of babies and growing up I was always drawn to helping with all my baby cousins. I was 14 when my baby brother was born and I was charged with bottle feeding him at times when my mom wasn't breastfeeding. Fast forward to my first year in college in my very first nutrition class, when I learned all the AMAZING things about lactation and the rest is history! My passion further grew as I learned about the many challenges and disparities around lactation - especially as I grew as a professional and worked in critical care areas, like the NICU. I find this work to be so fulfilling and thoroughly enjoy working with parents as they navigate their infant feeding journey.

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

Take every day - even every feeding - one step at a time. Nothing lasts forever and we can work through the vast majority of concerns. When issues arise, we can offer strategies and interventions that can help parents meet their goals and enjoy the stage their baby is in.

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