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NEST-Shannon-Pratten

Shannon Pratten

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2011

Special Interests

NICU
Special Needs/Weight Challenges
Toddler/Tandem Nursing

Language Spoken

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

I breastfed all three of my children beyond the age of four.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

Empowering women to trust their natural instincts through supporting their individual needs and education.

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

NICU and private outpatient

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

Three homeschooled children ages 11, 9, and 6. One dog, cat, gecko and 6 chickens.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

Soaking up time exploring with my children. Owning a wedding venue, working as an RN, homeschooling and expanding my homesteading skills is all consuming.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

NICU RN

What state do you reside in?

New York, California and South Carolina

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

After the birth of my first child the trajectory of of my life took a u-turn. I became a birth doula and started down a path of natural health and lifestyle. I eventually home birthed my next two children and tandem breastfed with each successive child.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

Breastfeeding and childbirth has always been a passion of mine. It is what led me into the nursing field and a 18 year career in the NICU.

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

Hands down I would encourage all parents to follow their innate instincts.

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