I have had a different breastfeeding journey with each of my five children. I've relactated, pumped as a NICU mom, pumped as a working mom, had two babies with lip and tongue ties, and breastfed a toddler with autism. My nursing babies and I have also had hundreds of wonderful days spent cuddling and nursing! Despite the challenges, breastfeeding my kids has been one of the greatest joys of my life.
Seeing the confidence a parent has when they meet their feeding goals. I've been in a position where breastfeeding didn't go as planned and I saw an IBCLC for assistance. I know how good it feels when you are able to work through the challenges, so I love seeing parents feel empowered and successful.
Outpatient, NICU, Home Visits.
I live with my husband, four boys ages 9-17, my 2 year old daughter, a dog, and a cat. We are a very busy household!
I like going to the pool, watching movies, and hanging out with my family.
In addition to being an IBCLC, I am a Licensed Practical Nurse and Certified Lactation Counselor.
Right after my second child was born in 2006.
My second son was transferred to the NICU right after birth. I had a rough time breastfeeding his older brother and was determined to breastfeed without issue this time around. There was this one IBCLC in the NICU who really believed in me and helped me reach my goals. After meeting her, I wanted to help others the way that she helped me and my baby!
Be gentle with yourself. It's so easy as parents to be too hard on ourselves. You are in a new chapter of your life and this is just the first paragraph of parenthood. It's okay to not have all of the answers and to reach out for help. We are here for you!