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Shiri Perl

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2020

Special Interests

Under/Over Supply
Special Needs/Weight Challenges
Toddler/Tandem Nursing

Language Spoken

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

Even the most experienced lactation expert still can have breastfeeding challenges. Early postpartum hormones, anxiety and exhaustion hit me hard. On nights when I felt like I was on my last lick of energy reserve, my mindset had to shift from "It's been 2 hours, I have to get up to feed again!" to "These moments are such a short moment in time. How lucky am I that I get to spend them using my body to nourish my baby...I am just what he needs." I am still nursing my beautiful baby boy. I love every minute of it. It's our special time together. And I love helping other parents find and get to the point of pure joy, peace & love while chestfeeding.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

Giving parents the support & tools to successfully breastfeed, watching their infants grow and thrive, and sharing the benefits of chestfeeding that can be life changing & life saving for both parent & infant.

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

10 years supporting chestfeeding & lactation in pediatric outpatient clinic.

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

My wonderfully supportive husband Mike, my smiley & delicious son Myer, and our two snuggly doggies Copper & Benny

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

Knitting, Crochet, needlepoint & more! Sailing, swimming & anything else involving the water.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

Licensed Practical Nurse, Postpartum Doula, Advanced Newborn Care Specialist

What state do you reside in?

New Jersey

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

Early on in my pediatric nursing career, seeing parents struggle with chestfeeding and infants struggle with weight gain immediately after birth and doctors quickly advising formula over breastfeeding support had me wondering why. And the answer is, there is no evidence-based reason why! So, looking at the medical research that has been done on breastmilk & infant growth, health & development, plus the research into the benefits to the birthing parent, made lactation education a goal of mine. And after 8 years of providing lactation support clinically to the parent-infant dyad in pediatric outpatient clinics, I wanted to take my care to the next level and become an IBCLC.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

I am very passionate about educating new parents on the evidence-based benefits of breastmilk & chestfeeding as preventative healthcare and supporting the parent-infant dyad. I wanted to empower parents to feed their babies however they want to be fed. And I strive to find the balance in providing factual breastfeeding education, while supporting the new parents needs & feeding preferences. Being an IBCLC allows me to make a difference for these new families. Helping to troubleshoot issues, and be an advocate for both the lactating parent and child in making the chestfeeding experience one of comfort, love and nourishment.

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

Remember: YOU are the expert of your child. Be kind to yourself throughout this journey. Allow yourself to rest, nurture yourself as you nourish your baby, and take the time to soak in these precious moments. We are here to help support you on this rollercoaster into parenthood.

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