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Sarah Kelly

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2021

Special Interests

NICU
Back to work
Toddler/Tandem Nursing

Language Spoken

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

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.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

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.  

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

Outpatient, NICU, Home Visits.

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

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!

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

I like going to the pool, watching movies, and hanging out with my family. 

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

In addition to being an IBCLC, I am a Licensed Practical Nurse and Certified Lactation Counselor.

What state do you reside in?

Pennsylvania

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

Right after my second child was born in 2006.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

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!

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

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!

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